Firefighter Netcast Live with Brian Brush
Join John and Rhett for a live Firefighter Netcast Show on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 9pm EST.
We will have featured guest Brian Brush on the show with us. Brian will be discussing his involvment with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb events. We will also be discussion Brian’s recent blogging gig at FireServiceWarrior.com.
Brian is a Company Officer and Instructor from the beautiful state of Colorado. Brian is a Lieutenant in the Denver Metropolitan area for a department that serves 110 square miles, and nearly 300,000 residents. The district operates 15 stations with 340 uniformed members and responds to an average of 24,000 calls for service annually. In his 9th year with this department he has served time in Engine, Truck and the Department’s Rescue Company as both a firefighter and Lieutenant.
Rhett did a recent write-up on Brian at FireCritic.com titled “A DOSE OF MOTIVATION FOR NEW AND VETERAN FIREFIGHTERS”
Stair Climb Background
I participated in the Denver Memorial Stair Climb in 2008 and in 2009 when the climb filled to 343 before I could register myself and another couple firefighters from the department organized a climb at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison Colorado part of our fire district. Over the next month of planning we decided that the Amphitheater presented such a great venue for the event that we would open it up to the public as well and with simple word of mouth advertising we ended up with 500 participants in our first year.
In January 2010 the coordinators of the Denver Stair Climb began talking with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation about making the memorial stair climbs a national campaign. At FDIC 2010 One of our Coordinators, the members of the Denver Stair Climb and the NFFF met to begin planning the National campaign. The NFFF tracked our progress and planning over the summer and we assisted the Nashville Memorial Stair Climb with their inaugural event. In 2010 the combined climbs in Colorado , Nashville and Citrus County Florida raised about $38,000 for the NFFF. After a short breather we met in Washington DC with the NFFF in October 2010 established the official committee and laid out the plans for a national roll out of the Memorial Stair Climb Campaign with a goal of 100 climbs on 9/11/2011.
The kickoff event was at Lucas Oil Stadium FDIC 2011 shortly thereafter was the CFSI climb in Washington DC in April and we have 2 more convention climbs scheduled 1 at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore and 1 at Fire Rescue International in Atlanta. To date we have had over 130 cities show interest in 6 different countries and we are currently touching base with all of these submissions to find out where they are at in the planning, if they need assistance or if they are unable to coordinate one this year.
Fire Service Warrior
Recently picked up by Christopher Brennan to contribute material to the site in exchange for committing to be a good representative. It is my goal to provide a company officer level view on being a Fire Service Warrior and to show that this approach to our profession is moving forward and is not just at the young firefighter level. Since FDIC I have had a great deal of help from so many in the blogosphere and at Fire Engineering in getting some of my thoughts and ideas out. You at the Fire Critic, Bill and Dave at Backstepfirefighter basically gave me a hand out and like the stray cat I keep sending them material. Chris at Fire Service Warrior has been unbelievable and the more we talk the more we come up with and I truly believe that in the coming months and year the Fire Service Warrior is going to be a living breathing machine not just a message or a blog.