Brownsburg Ladder Co. 131

Brownsburg Ladder Co. 131 – FDIC 2015

I have to say when we came across the new Brownsburg Ladder Co. 131 we were very surprised. This truck looks very different than many of the E-One’s we have seen in the past. We were lucky enough to speak with one of the truck company members who went through the entire apparatus with us…

Pierce Ascendant

Pierce Ascendant – FDIC 2015

We recently had the opportunity to check out the new Pierce Ascendant Aerial built by Pierce Mfg at FDIC 2015. The Ascendant is a 107′ aerial built on a single rear axle. This is a very interesting new design and we are very curious to see how well it operates. You can tell from the pictures…

Baltimore Burning

Baltimore Burning

Baltimore Burning Firefighters have been busy fighting fires all over the city started by rioters “protesters”. At one point rioters even cut the supply line at a working fire. We have several videos below for you to view:  

Indy on Fire!

Indy on Fire! FDIC 2015

We had a great time attending the Indy on Fire party put on by The Fire Critic, Wooden Ladders and Iron Firemen, The Model City Firefighter and Firefighter Wife. Several sponsors helped make the event possible including: TECGEN, Spartan, Black Diamond, FireCam, Viking, Titan, and Engine Company Apparel. If you have never attended it is worth…

Nozzle Series Introduction

Nozzle Video Series

Check out our newest firefighter training video series. We have produced a five part nozzle video series covering several common types of nozzles. In this first video we will provide an overview of nozzle types and discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of the nozzles. In the coming videos we will be taking each…

About Matt Hinkle

Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.

Akron Nozzles

This is My Nozzle

This is my nozzle. There are many like it but this one is mine. Many of you have heard the “Rifleman’s Creed”. A creed made famous by the United States Marine Corps. A creed that instills in Marines the sense of purpose and commitment to know your weapon and master it. As firefighters we should have…

About Matt Hinkle

Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.

Majestic Hoods

Majestic Fire Hoods – Review

Our latest product review video features the Majestic Fire Apparel fire hoods. Majestic Fire Apparel manufactures a very wide variety of different style hoods with different materials. Take a look at the video below and then we provide some additional information if you continue reading. Majestic Fire Hoods come in three primary styles; the PAC…

Dead Ringer

Dead Ringer – a person or thing that seems exactly like someone or something else.   Have you ever heard a statement in the firehouse that strikes a chord with you, one that makes you cringe, frustrated or even motivates you? Today’s fire service is a well connected network of some of the most driven…

About Matt Hinkle

Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.