Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bailing out the window..

Good Morning,

These are more photos from the training I recently photographed. For some reason, blogger posted the photos in reverse order. So if you start at the bottom and work up, it will show the sequence of a firefighter practicing a bailout from a window onto a ground ladder and down.

Have a good day!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Future of the fire service...

Hey Everyone,

Hope you had a good weekend. I got to go out and do a little photographing. Not alot but a little. Today's photos were taken down at the old LANCO Fire School. I was asked to come down and photograph RIT training that a mutual aid department was doing, so I loaded up Wyatt and away we went.

The first photo is Wyatt yelling out the cab of the engine. If he could talk, I bet he would be saying the engine is for a bunch of wimps and the truck is where it's at. Right Bradley??(If your not a fireman, I'll explain later what that means)

The second photo is Wyatt standing along side of Lancaster Township Engine 6-6-2. Just hanging out looking around.

The third photo is of a old friend, Chief Ron Comfort. Wyatt kept wanting to climb the ladder, so the Chief helped him up a few rungs teaching him the basics..

Like I said, the future of the fire service...

Friday, June 26, 2009

This is gonna hurt....

Hey everyone,

Photo taken from a Senators game earlier in the year. Outfield is moments away from colliding with the wall.

Wyatt and I may be attending a game this Sunday, hopefully the rain holds off

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Night time Accident...

Hey Everyone,

Photo was taken at a night time accident scene right up the road from my house. Male on a motorcycle decided to play chicken with a guardrail...

I'm sure you can guess who won...

Rider lived but VERY banged up...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Thomas the train visit...somewhat..

Hey Everyone,

Hope you had a good weekend. To all the fathers, hope you had a great fathers day!

On Thursday, I decided at a spur of the moment to take Wyatt down to see Thomas the train in Strasburg after he got home from school and woke up from his nap.

Well, I was not aware that Thomas calls it quits at 2 P.M.....

We got there at 3:30 PM


They still had stuff for the kids to do, so we hung out for abit. After being at the event, it reminded me why I hate going to events like these. Large crowds full of rude and clueless people. Wyatt had fun though except when a little heathen grabbed him by the throat at the leggo Thomas and tried to shove him out of it..Wyatt is fine If you are wondering. I'll tell the rest of that story another day..

The top photo is Wyatt trying to figure out how to move the little train he was on, when I was pushing him, he was fine. Soon as I stopped, he sat there and looked at me like "Dad, now what?"

Wyatt posing with Thomas in the 2nd photo

The miniture train that they had set up, parked on the tracks being worked on. I think Wyatt would have enjoyed that, but the lines were just too long for it.

Most important part of the day was Wyatt left smiling and thats all that matters in the end...at least to me anyway!

Have a great week!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sad Announement...

Hello Everyone,

Back in December, I had posted about a little girl named Hannah who was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer


Her only wish was to get alot of Christmas cards and along with local emergency services and the community. Over 10,000 cards were delivered to her.

This past Tuesday, Hannah's battle came to end and she passed away peacefully with family and friends by her side.

Here is a link to the story;


You may have to copy and paste into your browser..

Please say a prayer for Hannah and her family.

I've said this before, when you think everything in life sucks right now and you take a look at what this little girl and her family had to endure over the past several months, Life really is not that bad is it?

Take Care,


Lined Up...

Hey Everyone,

Photo taken earlier this year at the Saint Patricks Day Parade in Harrisburg. 3 HBG City Police Officers lined up on motorcycles ready to escort the parade up Second Street.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Station 48....

Hey Everyone,

I took Wyatt up to Chocolate World in Hershey on Friday. On the way home, he saw Hershey FD's ladder truck parked on the ramp and was pointing and wanted to stop. Hey, my boy likes ladder trucks what can I say...

So we pulled in and the top photo is of Wyatt posing in front of the tower and the second shot is of Hersheys new engine, Engine 48-1. The crew was getting everything ready for the Dauphin Convention the next day. One of these days, I will get something else on here besides fire stuff. Just have not had a chance to really get out and shoot stuff..

Have a great day!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dauphin County Parade...

Hey everyone,

Hope you had a good weekend. Mine was good, got to spend alot of time with Wyatt. Had to work an OT shift yesterday but what are you gonna do?

This was taken Saturday at the judging area for the Dauphin County Firemans Parade in Linglestown PA, outside of Harrisburg PA.

I believe this tanker is from Dauphin County Station 23. In the almost 20 years I've been involved in the fire service, I can honestly say I have never seen an 8x8 tanker before. I am normally not a big fan of tankers but I thought this was a rather unique pieces so I shot the photo of it.

Have a great day!


Friday, June 12, 2009

The Red Knights...

Hey Everyone,

Hope you had a great week. I've been keeping busy with work and still working on the house not leaving a whole lot of time to blog or go out and photograph and when I do post something, I just dont have the energey to write anything..

Today's photo is of the Lancaster Chapter of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club. It is a group of firefighters from around the county. It is similar to the Blue Knights Motorcycle club for police. As to what they exactly do, I am not sure as I don't own a motorcycle and am not eligible to be a member but they are all a good group of guys and gals that support the brotherhood of firefighters..

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yes more fire stuff...

Former Allentown Tower 1 from the LCFA Parade...

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Small fire...

Hello Everyone,

Hope your week is good. Todays photo is from Lancaster City. Lancaster Bureau Of Fire responded to a working kitchen fire in the middle of a row of homes. Fire was quickly knocked down by the first arriving engine with other units assisting with overhaul and the investigation.

This past Sunday, Lancaster City had a general alarm fire in a 9 story highrise apartment building. Units arrived with heavy fire and smoke showing out of the 5th floor. I had just walked into work when the call came in so I was unable to respond out and get photos. Fellow Fire Photographer and good friend Greg Leaman from Lancaster Township Fire Department was on the scene and for those that are interested, here is the link to his slideshow. You may have to copy and paste into your browser..


have a great day!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More from the parade..

Quarryville Engine 5-7-2, 1986 CF Mack

Monday, June 8, 2009

89th Annual LCFA Parade...

Hey everyone,

This will be brief. This is an engine from the Christina Fire Department in Delaware at the annual parade of the Lancaster County Firemans Association held this year in Quarryville. This was the first parade I took my son to and had a good time.

Time for bed, have a great day!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The first truck company ever...

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I missed a day. I've been fighting a head cold and I just did not have the energy to do a post. This photo is of the former Truck 7-5 belonging to the Fire Department of Mount Joy, here in Lancaster County PA. The truck originally saw service in Harrisburg City. I am not sure how long the truck served Harrisburg(Brad or any of my HFD Friends??) The truck is a 1957 B Model Mack Tiller Ladder Truck.

The truck sounds great and looks great. The truck is now privately owned by a Harrisburg City Fireman. The driver of the truck is Captain Sam Clark, also of FDMJ and a Captain with Harrisburg. Sam was teaching a few of the younger members on the fine art of tillering a ladder and how firefighting was back in the day. Some days I wish I could have grown up in that time period...

Have a great day!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Checking the rear...

Hey Everyone,

This is from a house fire called out by our fire chief on his way home. He observed a working fire on the deck of the residence. Fire was knocked down by the time units arrived.

Crews were working their way around to the back to check for heat with a thermal imaging camera when I took this shot. This was my first attempt at blurring motion.

What do you guys think?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Fill the box...

Hey Everyone,

Sorry I missed Friday. Not enough hours in the day to get stuff done. I did not get a chance to get out and photograph alot either. This was taken from this past Saturday. I was at the firehouse and my plan was to do a quick cleaning inside my car, go home and watch the Phillies and head to bed. Well, Murphys Law decided to ruin that plan for the evening. My department was dispatched for an Automatic Fire Alarm at a Industrial Plant in one of the business parks in our first due. So I decide to head out with the guys, I figure its a good chance to practice my nighttime shooting. As we go enroute, the dispatch center advises that employees are on the scene reporting fire through the roof...

Not what you want to hear when you have a raging headache already and are dead tired.

So we get there and there is a decent amout of smoke from the roof. It was materials inside a vent pipe that caught fire which extended in a multi layer rubber roof and spread.

Well, once the investigation and overhaul was done. I got home at 0130 instead...

Oh well..

Have a great week!