Passing on the left…

Passing on the left…

I penned a slightly abridged version of this in response to a social media post regarding the 9/9/2018 Columbus 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb that I read yesterday.  The jist of posting showed a firefighter only Memorial Stair Climb showing firefighters stopping for each other, checking on one another, and trudging along at their pace.  As quoted, “Take note there is no one pushing past each other in the stairwell causing safety issues. Hint hint Ohio 9/11 stair climb organizers.”  The posting goes…

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Why do I climb and compete?

Why do I climb and compete?

I’ve been asked this question a lot over the years at the competitor level, at the ambassador level, as an honored climber, or in the coffee shop.  Why do you climb, why are you doing these events?  As recent as this last weekend at the Columbus 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb I had firefighters stop and ask, “aren’t you that guy that does the events”?  Yep, that’s me.  “Why do you do it, where have you been to, what drives you,…

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When things don’t go smoothly

When things don’t go smoothly

  The third annual Rastin Challenge has came and gone with participants from around the area competing against each other for prizes and to raise money for a local scholarship for first responders.  Rastin Challenge is an amazing local event that was started and is held at the Ariel Foundation Park in Mount Vernon, Ohio. If you haven’t seen photos of it or heard of the place, check out the spiral staircase around an old smokestack that is the tallest…

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Hello….this thing on?

Hello….this thing on?

You’ve been looking…checking back…wondering whats going on, the answer is plenty!  Updates coming soon.  Chile, Scott Firefighter Stair Climb, 9/11 StairClimbs, Rastin Challenge, FDIC, and probably some gear and equipment stuff as well.  I’ve got a lot to catch up on with the site. Several posts coming before heading out to FDIC to network and get another much needed dose of brotherhood.

Air is free, why are we afraid of using it?

Air is free, why are we afraid of using it?

Last year I put together an article titled, “Taking air for granted,” that highlighted the importance of VO2, touched on training on air, knowing your SCBA, and broke the ice.  After continuing my training, competing, and preparing for the fireground, the importance of air continues to tug at me, why?  Without air, we are dead, simple, that’s it.  With the exception of divers, frequent swimmers, and other oddities, the ability to hold your breath for an extended period of time…

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We’re going International

We’re going International

It’s absolutely hard to believe that I am almost down to single digits before my first International competition in Santiago, Chile.  When I started competing in Seattle back in 2007 I never even imagined it possible or that I would want to.  The people that I have met, the places that I have been, the opportunities, the challenges, the adventures, EVERYTHING has been so amazing.  It was through Seattle that I met my International friends….brothers….bomberos, and now here I am…

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Headed to Chile to represent the United States

Headed to Chile to represent the United States

Over the course of the last eleven-and-a-half years, Fredericktown Community Fire District Firefighter Jason Bostic has traveled the United States to represent his department, and the state of Ohio in competition. This September however, Bostic will be taking that to a whole different level as he heads to Santiago, Chile to represent the United States in the “Race for Life”. Held at the Constanera Centre Tower, firefighters will climb 1800 steps up the tallest building in South America to promote…

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REVIEW: Backpack/Rucksack from Get Hosed Apparel

REVIEW: Backpack/Rucksack from Get Hosed Apparel

I’ve been meaning to get this review out there for a while about my rucksack/backpack from Get Hosed Apparel. Honestly I fell in love with it as soon as I opened the box several months ago, but I resisted temptation to blast a review out there 5 minutes after laying eyes on it. Even though I’ve never had a bad product from Jay, I really wanted to adventure with this one before I wrote it up. First of all, let…

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What is FF4CURES

What is FF4CURES

For those that are checking out the website recently, or who have seen the jersey or sign at an event and wanted to know a little more, I decided to post a small bio about FF4CURES.   I sat down a little over three years ago and began brainstorming a way to tie my love of writing, philanthropy, and competitions all together. Every event that I would compete in had a separate page, every year was different, and It gave…

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I am that somebody

I am that somebody

I woke up this morning to recap the Bop to the Top and sort through a loss success even in failures. The first five words of that sentence are perhaps one of the biggest victories, “I woke up this morning,” how many people take that for granted? How many people have lost loved ones and wish for them to be here still? I love looking back an event like the Bop, many others, or any experience in life to seek…

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