WELCOME!
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-RRU-Sierra

Monday, November 20, 2023, 02:26 PM

CA-RRU-Gilman

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 02:36 PM

CA-VNC Shell and Kimball

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 10:38 AM

CA-MCP-Canyon

Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 10:32 PM

CA-SND-Escala

Monday, October 30, 2023, 05:54 PM

CA-RRU- Highland

Monday, October 30, 2023, 05:08 PM

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

Dramatic videos show minivan fatally slamming into Metro bus after LAPD chase in downtown

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: Police released shocking new surveillance video of a deadly crash in downtown Los Angeles in which a minivan that was trying to get away from police plowed into a Metro bus. The incident happened the morning of Nov. 5 near Main and E. 17th streets, just off the 10 Freeway, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Follow Up: Fresno Fire Department launches EV committee

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 12:49 AM

VIDEO: Cellphones, laptops, electric scooters, and electric vehicles to name a few, all include lithium-ion batteries. "During the holiday time right now, and everyone giving new gifts to each other, this is one opportunity where folks may be new to some of this technology," said Joshua Stellars with the Fresno Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2023 9:49:00 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Fresno

Kern County firefighters battle, extinguish structure fire in Lamont

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 06:51 AM

VIDEO: Firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department battled and extinguished a fire in Lamont on Wednesday morning, the department announced. KCFD said firefighters were dispatched to the 10000 block of San Diego Street at 6:49 a.m. for a report of smoke from an attic. Responding firefighters saw smoke from the fire from several blocks away.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2023 3:51:18 AM - SOURCE: KGET-TV NBC/CW+ 17 Bakersfield

Santa Clarita home fire sends one to the hospital

Thursday, December 7, 2023, 03:00 AM

PHOTO: A home fire in Canyon Country caused floor-to-roof spread and one person being transported to a local hospital on Wednesday morning, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. According to Geovanni Sanchez, a spokesman for the L.A. County Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched to the 29300 block of Kilamanjaro Court at 7:07 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Signal

VIDEO: Massive fire tears through San Diego home, cause under investigation

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 03:00 AM

Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a massive fire that tore through a home in Point Loma early Tuesday, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Brian Raines. Both San Diego fire and San Diego police were alerted to the fire at about 5:30 a.m. by a call reporting a burglary and a fire at the home on Liggett Drive just north of Point Loma Park.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

World's largest firefighting helicopters now available in 3 Southern California counties to battle fires all year

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: A critical piece of Southern California's effort to fight fire has been quietly making a name for itself for the last five years. The Quick Reaction Force (QRF) is a cross-agency partnership that has been available during peak fire seasons, but now thanks to $35 million from Southern California Edison, this first of its kind public-private partnership is available year round.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

New study to evaluate occupational risks faced by FFs, EMS

Friday, December 8, 2023, 11:47 AM

The project, aimed at thoroughly assessing the occupational risks first responders face, has received an initial funding boost of $249,000

Be careful what you wish for

Friday, December 8, 2023, 11:35 AM

Unheeded motherly advice can lead to some uncomfortable situations when the child grows up to be a firefighter

Suspected DUI driver strikes 2 FFs, 2 police officers on Colo. interstate

Friday, December 8, 2023, 11:00 AM

South Adams County Fire firefighters and Commerce City police officers were at the scene of the separate crash when they were struck

Pa. cop catches baby dropped from window as mother jumps to escape rowhome fire

Friday, December 8, 2023, 10:53 AM

A Philadelphia firefighter and two police officers were among seven people who were injured in the fire

Firefighter, woman sue Ohio city over alleged discrimination in physical fitness test

Friday, December 8, 2023, 10:53 AM

Cleveland updated its physical agility test in 2020 following the government's findings of long-standing discrimination against women in the fire department

Volunteer FFs in Pa. township could earn up to $14K under new program

Friday, December 8, 2023, 10:10 AM

Firefighters from Colonial Park, Paxtonia and Linglestown fire companies can register for 4, 8 or 12-hour shifts, earning $10 per hour
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