Remembering Charleston 9

18 06 2013


Six years today June 17th 2007 9 Firefighters lost their lives in Charleston, SC at a Sofa store. That day was the worse in the fire service history sense 9-11-01.  Lost were Captain Louis Mulkey, Captain Mike Benke, FF Melvin Champaign, Captain Billy Hutchingson, Engineer Brad Baity, FF Earl Drayton, Engineer Mark Kelsey, Engineer Michael French, and FF Brandon Thompson.


Charleston along with mutual aid companies responded to a fire at a furniture store. The fire was reported on the loading dock. Firefighters went in to attack the fire to stop it before it hit the main showroom of the buliding. Once inside the firefighter received a report of someone trapped inside. They began to search for the trapped person then the fire started to spread fast. The firefighters lost their way out and never make it out of the building.

Alot of things went wrong that day and could possibly been preventable. Today Fire Depts all across the country train and learn from this fire by going over the fire reports and listening to the auto of the fireground operations. Hopefully we will learn from this tragedy so it never happens again.


A remembrance video – Charleston 9: The Ultimate Sacrifice”




FIRE 2013!

15 06 2013


FIRE 2013 Is  the New York State Fire Expo put on by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs! Most call it the Chief show but whatever you wanna call it its a fun event to go check out! Folks from all over NYS, US and even Canada come out to check things out! They have it all from Training exercises to Venders and of course FIRETRUCKS from all over NYS and even Canada!   Weather you go to learn something new or just hang out and check the stuff out and meet meet fellow Brothers & Sisters its an awesome time!

This year show was held at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, Ny! Its been held there for a few years now, Over the years its been at different places around the state. My first time going was in 2008 when it was held at Lake George, Ny. This was my 2nd time going to the show and First time seeing Turning Stone! Turning Stone Resort is a very nice place!

DSCF5757The building is very nice and huge!

One of the venders that were there was MN8 Firefox! They sell tools that can glow in the dark to help firefighters see in the dark smoke and at night! I met these guys on facebook a cupple years ago and finally got to meet them in person! Check out their facebook page and website for more info on them at

One of the guys that work for them is Captin Willie Wine, Jr AKA Iron Fireman he runs a great site & blog called Wooden Ladders and Iron Fireman.  It was great to finally meeting him in person! He is a Captin in Ronoke, Va! Hopefully sometime soon i’ll get down to his station! Check out his great blog at

DSCF5804Here i am with with Kelly and Capt Wine!

FIRETRUCKS!! There were about 30-40 trucks there of all types! Mostly Ladders and Rescues from all over NYS and even 1 from CANADA! Would you believe it if i told i been to and thru New York City and NEVER ONCE seen a firetruck while there? Yea its true! I seen a FDNY Chief car and their command truck durning flood of 20011 when they came to help us out but NEVER a FIRETUCK!! Well that change i FINALLY Saw  a FDNY FIRETRUCK!!! LADDER 59 FROM DA BRONX!! Very cool truck and yep I GOT IN IT!! Im STILL smiling over that!!






LADDER 59 & Ottawa’s truck were my 2 favorites!! Heres a few more photos!

DSCF5802Very nice Boat

DSCF5772This is an ambulance that can can take many to hospital at once!





You can check out all my photos at

It was an awesome great time and Wanna thank my Capt for letting me go with him! Hopefully i can make a yearly event!


7 04 2013

Very sad day in the fire service. In just over 2 months after we lost Owego Fire Cap Matt Porcari we face another tragedy.  Binghamton Firefighter John M. Janos passed away while on duty at Quint 21-3. FF Janos had 24 1/2 years service with the BFD. Tonight Philadelphia Firefighter Capt. Mike Goodwin was killed while fighting a 3 alarm fire.

Rest easy Brothers Your job is done here and we’ll take it from here please watch over us as we answer the calls.





11 03 2013


Do you have a smoke alarm? Does your smoke alarm work? If you answered No then WHY THE HELL NOT??  SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES PERIOD!! IF you dont have one PLEASE get one especially if you have Children!! Smoke alarms CAN & WILL SAVE  you and your family!!  IF you have Children PLEASE teach them and practice fire drills so they know what to do in case of a fire. Fires take no holidays or time outs! They CAN happen at ANY time, Day, Night, Year! You NEVER know!

IF you need a smoke alarm you can pretty much get them at any store if you cant get one at the store PLEASE call your local Fire Dept NON-EMERGENCY and ask for one. Most Fire Depts give them out and will install them for you. WE WANT YOU and your FAMILY SAFE!!


Heres some proof that WORKING Smoke alarms WORK! This is a melted smoke alarm. This Alarm SAVED ME and also SAVED my friend’s house!  This alarm was on the 2nd floor of the home as i was down on the first floor, It went off I saw the fire got out called the fire dept and they got there fast enough to SAVE my friend’s home! Had this alarm had NOT been working i may not be here telling you this right now! Trust me on this as a Firefighter i have been on both sides of the fence!

Here is a tragic fire that happened Saturday in Kentucky. These tragic fires happen way to often  although we cant stop fires from happening WE CAN STOP the tragedies by getting WORKING SMOKE ALARMS and teaching our children fire safety!!




Stairway to Heaven

23 01 2013

                                           STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

The tones went off for a house fire I rushed out the door to the station like I always do.

I jumped on the truck rushed to the scene like always. I got the to fire and the family was outside safe. 

I ran inside the burning house trying to save what i could for the family. As I walked through the front door the floor gave out on me and I fell into the basement and everything fell on top of me. I tryed to find my way out and i found a stairway that lead me to to a new place called Heaven.

Dont worry my children, wife, brothers and sisters i am fine now and watching over you up here at the top the stairway of Heaven with all my other family brothers and sisters.

Dave Hitt January 23, 2013

Rest in Peace Owego Fire Capt. Matthew Porcari You job is done here and we’ll take it from here

EMS Prayer

13 02 2012

A Fireman’s Prayer

12 02 2012

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