Great partners make things easy – PATCHES ONLINE!

Great partners make things easy – PATCHES ONLINE!

Being in the fire service 20 years you come across a variety of things that you never thought you would find yourself involved in.  Planning fundraisers, cooking food for your closest 20-250 friends, shopping for $30,000 in tools, drawing up and spec’ing out a half million-dollar rescue, or the more common, dealing in apparel and items for members.  Whatever the product, you will find that not all companies are equal and have your share of pain and problems…but every once…

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Local firefighter climbing to find cures for blood cancer

Local firefighter climbing to find cures for blood cancer

PRESS RELEASE January 13, 2020 Contact: Jason Bostic Tel: 740-485-6790 Email: jason@ff4cures.com FREDERICKTOWN – Joining 2100 firefighters from around the world, local firefighter Jason Bostic will compete in the 29th annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Firefighter Stairclimb on March 8, 2020.  Bostic is a firefighter with the Johnsville Fire Department in Morrow County and the Fredericktown Community Fire District, and has represented Ohio the last 14-years at the event. Along with firefighters from 360 fire departments, 26 states, and five…

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EVENT – Beat Blood Cancer Challenge – October 26, 2019

EVENT – Beat Blood Cancer Challenge – October 26, 2019

Over the last 13 years of fundraising and championing for the cause I have been so blessed to have raised around $27,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through the LLS Firefighter Stair Climb.  For five years I have served as an Ambassador to this amazing program where I’ve been a part of a team making this happen, but the time is here to KICK this up a notch and PUNCH blood cancer in the face! After much thought leading…

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Why I won’t stop…

Why I won’t stop…

13 years.  Over $25,000 raised.  Thousands of firefighters that I’ve had the great opportunity to climb, fundraise, and compete with for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Surely many would see that as a great accomplishment and lives saves, but sadly the battle for many goes on.  Cures have not been found, funding is not where it needs to be, and we still have a lot of work to be done. As I sit here tonight looking back on many years,…

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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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