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As a full-time firefighter, my passion for serving my community and helping others is an integral part of my life. This website is dedicated to my career in firefighting and the many challenges and rewards that come with it. But firefighting is not just a job to me, it's a way of life. When I'm not at the fire station, I love to explore the great outdoors through hiking, camping, and mountain biking. These hobbies help me stay physically and mentally fit, which is crucial in this demanding profession.
On this website, I will be sharing my experiences as a firefighter, as well as my love for the outdoors and the various DIY activities that keep me grounded. I hope that through my website, you will gain a better understanding of what it means to be a firefighter, and also discover some of the amazing sights and experiences that nature has to offer.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your time here!

Resources

I plan to keep this site updated with relevant resources and topics relating to the fire service. These are sources that I have found essential and/or informative during my career.

Current Lightning Strikes

This map shows recent cloud-to-ground strikes within the past hour. White indicates within 15 min, fading eventually to red at 60 min.

Data is obtained from volunteer based data collection network Blitzortung.org. 

I help contribute to the network and you can view my lighting detector data on my Lightning page.

Current Watches/Warnings

Fire Outlook

Wildfire Intel - CA - Initial Attack

CA-LAC-Post-2024

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 10:49 PM

CA-SHU-Gore

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 06:18 PM

CA-SLU-Bear

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 04:07 PM

CA-SCU- JOHN

Sunday, June 9, 2024, 08:19 PM

CA-RRU-Telford

Sunday, June 9, 2024, 07:26 PM

CA SKU SPRINGS(contained)

Saturday, June 8, 2024, 01:34 AM

Wilfire Intel - CA - Continuing

CA-STF-September Lightning Complex 2023

Saturday, September 9, 2023, 06:25 PM

CA-SRF-Smith River Complex

Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 11:02 AM

Smith River Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 07:26 PM

CA-SRF-Lightning Complex

Sunday, August 20, 2023, 10:12 AM

CA-KNF-Happy Camp Complex 2023

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 04:11 PM

CA-RRU-Bonny

Thursday, July 27, 2023, 06:03 PM

Latest News

DailyDispatch - California

Crews prepare for potentially deadly wildfire season in Southern California

Friday, June 14, 2024, 03:00 AM

As the weather heats up, firefighters are preparing for the possibility of an intense and deadly wildfire season in Southern California. Smaller fires have already ignited across the Inland Empire and plenty of dry brush and rising summer temperatures could create a deadly combination. “Over the past three days, we’ve seen fires that have occurred in the valley, the high desert and in the mountains,” said Eric Sherwin with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

How Santa Cruz fire crews are trying to remove PFAS from fire gear

Friday, June 14, 2024, 06:31 AM

VIDEO: What is supposed to protect our firefighters is ultimately causing them harm. Over the last few years, the Santa Cruz Fire Department alone has lost 3 firefighters due to cancer. One of them was Brian Tracy, who dedicated 17 years to the Santa Cruz Fire Department. "He was courageous. He was brave.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2024 3:31:06 AM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS/FOX 46 Monterey

Cal Fire control burn in Redding aims to boost fire safety and enhance native vegetation

Friday, June 14, 2024, 03:00 AM

If you have been seeing smoke in Redding this week, don’t worry, it's from a controlled burn happening west of Westwood Village, off Highway 273. It’s part of the Gore Ranch Vegetation Management Project covering 840 acres of land on the Gore Ranch McConnell Foundation property. Resources from Cal Fire, Redding Fire, and the Shasta County Fire Department will all be assisting with the project.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

VIDEO: Los Angeles church to be demolished after 2nd fire this week

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 03:00 AM

An arson investigation is underway after the second fire this week left a church destroyed in the Chesterfield Square neighborhood of Los Angeles Thursday. Firefighters were called to the Holy Apostolic Pentecostal church in the 2100 block of West Slauson Avenue when the most recent blaze was reported just after 3:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Mayor appoints Robert Logan as San Diego's next fire chief

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 02:21 AM

Mayor Todd Gloria on Wednesday named Deputy San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Chief Robert Logan II as the city's next fire chief. “Deputy Chief Logan brings with him an exceptional blend of experience, leadership and vision that I believe is essential to guiding our department into the future," Gloria said.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2024 11:21:43 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego

Video shows man punching Los Angeles County fire truck during response to car crash

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Firefighters in South Los Angeles said they had to physically fight a man off after he attacked a fire truck in a caught-on-camera confrontation. A Station 16 fire truck was on its way to respond to a crash when the man suddenly climbed aboard the fire engine. “We were literally responding to a traffic collision and this guy just came out of nowhere, jumped in front of the engine and just started punching it,” said Andrew Chaing, a firefighter/paramedic who was in the truck at the time of the incident.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

Ky. officials fund additional fire inspector, fire prevention position in FD

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 12:00 PM

The new position in the Owensboro Fire Department will increase community risk reduction efforts

Pa. first responders help trap bear in neighborhood park

Saturday, June 15, 2024, 08:00 AM

A ladder truck was used to get close to the bear in the Camp Hill park

L.A. County firefighter killed in a vehicle explosion

Friday, June 14, 2024, 09:29 PM

Initial report is the firefighter was killed in the explosion of a heavy-duty truck in the Antelope Valley area

Wash. state 911 centers form partnership to ensure uninterrupted services

Friday, June 14, 2024, 05:21 PM

Snohomish County 911 and Valley Com 911 successfully executed a live 911 call re-routing drill on June 5, confirming the vision that has been four years in the making

Electric vehicle fires: Where the waiting game wins

Friday, June 14, 2024, 11:09 AM

Here is the need to know for understanding thermal runaway, the key issue with EV fires and how to put out EV fires

20 rules all rookie firefighters should know

Friday, June 14, 2024, 10:58 AM

Know and follow these 20 rules on PPE, responsibility and fire gear from day one to lay the foundation of a long and successful firefighting career
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