Welcome to FireCritic.com. This site is all about the fire service. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I will attempt to maintain a strictly professional view of issues concerning firefighters and EMT’s. I will not shy away from issues of which some people do not like talking about.

We will also review, discuss, and check out all things related to firefighting and EMS.

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If you want to know who The Fire Critic is exactly….

My name is Rhett Fleitz (personal facebook profile here). I have been in the Fire/EMS Service since 1994. I volunteered for 5 years (high school and college) in a combination department. I am currently the Lt. on 3 A-shift in an urban department in Virginia. I have been with the department since 1999 and a Lt. since 2004.  I am a proud member of the IAFF. I am a published author “Firefighting in Roanoke” . I have enjoyed blogging since 2005.



Criticism in terms of expectations means democratic judgment over the suitability of a subject for the intended purposes
, as opposed to the authoritarian command, which is meant as an absolute realization of the authority’s will, thus not open for debate.

Criticism is the activity of judgement or informed interpretation and, in many cases, can be synonymous with “analysis.” In literary and academic contexts, the term most frequently refers to literary criticism, art criticism, or other such fields, and to scholars’ attempts to understand the aesthetic object in depth. In these contexts the term “critic,” used without qualification, most frequently refers to a scholar of literature or another art form. In other contexts, the term describes hostility or disagreement with the object of criticism. Sometimes context, and the contentiousness of the subject, are the only differentiating factors between these two approaches. In politics, for instance (as in the phrase “criticism of U.S. foreign policy”), criticism almost exclusively refers to disagreement—while in an academic, artistic, or literary context (as in “criticism of Romantic poetry”) it usually refers to the activity of subtle interpretation or analysis. (from wikipedia)