What is a Firedog you might ask. Well the answer is simple… It’s kind of like a firebug but of the canine persuasion. I happen to be both it seems. All my life I was told that I work like a dog and I love fire so Firedog was born. A simple nickname that seems to suit me well. But that’s not what this page is about. It’s about who I am not what I am, so lets get to it shall we?
The Basic Rundown
Having a comfortable life in the middle of nowhere I make my living playing with fire and the pictures there of. It’s not always a fun job but I get to see and do things that most people don’t and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. And every once in a while I get to step back and take a snap shot of my world to show to you. Some of it beautiful and some of it tragic, I hope you can find something that will speak to you as much as it all does to me.
While my photography may immortalize a moment not all of us are always so lucky. In an effort to help the families of the fallen, half of the profits from my gallery are donated to the firefighter foundation. If you would like to donate directly, the foundation can be found at the following sights:
A little more about me and my page
I’ve been fighting fire since back in March of 2000. Well to be a little more specific; I started out in the local cadet program when I was 17 at that time, and was hooked from day one. I don’t know what it is about it but I just can’t let it go. I attended training, meetings, and helped around the station; I got to respond to calls and see how the scene worked and how everyone worked together, and it didn’t take long for me to realize just how close of a family the department is. I don’t know when, but I eventually became part of that family.
Being one of the younger members of the department, I was a little more tech savvy than the rest and quickly became the non-official photographer of the department. I wouldn’t dream of complaining about it either. I love art and photography and to be able to do it as more than just a hobby is a dream come true. Being the one to take the scene photos and document what happens really let me indulge in my work. But it was one of those things that I just couldn’t keep in the department only; thus, this sight was born. This is my way of telling everyone my thoughts on a particular photo or to just share thoughts in general that I think need sharing within or about the fire community.
In the winter of 2001 I decided that I wanted to expand my experience so I took a few years and alternated my work with my department and with BLM Fire. During the summers I worked for the BLM and on my days off there I worked for my department. I gained a lot of experience in wild land fires and quite a few fond memories as well. I kind of think of it as a study abroad program. It was fun but entirely too taxing to keep both up so I had to make a choice. I occasionally think about going back to the BLM but I could never leave my family I have now. I still have several connections in both the BLM and Forest Service that I gained during that time and my department regularly assists with controlled burns that they put on. So my ties aren’t completely lost, and that’s enough for me.
Now, several years later, I’m a Captain on my department in charge of making sure my battalion gets the training it needs and that they’re capable of doing what is asked of them. I still get the unofficial title of department photographer and have even got pleasantly surprised when my helmet was modified to hold an HD POV cam. Hopefully with this blog I’ll take it a step further and help people see life from my point of view and maybe, if I’m lucky, someone will learn from my experiences and mistakes.