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About James Cook (32 Articles)
James's great grandfather was a career Firefighter, his grandfather was a firefighter, making his way to fire chief in his home town and taught at Texas A&M fire school for 50 + years. James’s grandfather on his dad’s side was a naval firefighter in the Navy Seabees, James’s father has been a paramedic since 1979, and his mother’s a nurse also. James himself is a career Captain / EMT-I in northwest Texas, and has been in the fire service since Aug/2005. James loves teaching as much as learning the craft.


April 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Holy cow, where do I begin??? BlastMask is a product made for firefighters by firefighters right here in the USA. Through the physical demands of their passion of [...]


March 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

I am going to start this article off with a minor disclaimer before we get into the meat of the post. First, yes, I said meat…and this is not going to be anything about [...]

Know YOUR Role!

February 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

I’ve heard it more times than I have ever cared to hear it. It all started when I was new and sounded like, “yea, great kid, but shut up and know your [...]

My Dad’s A Paramedic

January 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tomorrow morning, January 5th 2016, a born and raised Texan Paramedic will retire from EMS. Becoming a part-time or speciality paramedic might be in his future, but for now, [...]

Fire Gods

December 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

Photo Credit: It’s inevitable, right? Fires. They’re going to happen and we know it, that’s why we prepare. Right? Call it goofy, [...]

We Are Hope

November 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

There seems to be a big push lately on social media regarding fire and EMS personnel being seen as “hope” for the public we serve. We offer a glimmer of hope to [...]

My Black Helmet

September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

As a young child in a small town, I grew up as the son of a paramedic, the grandson of a firefighter, and the great-grandson of a large town career fireman. I was raised [...]

Quit Your Cryin’

August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Push me. Motivate me. Make my brain work. Quit bitching. No more whining. SHUT UP! I read a LOT of fire service related articles. I try to put myself in front of at least of [...]

There is Pride in the Old

June 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Off the top of my head, I can recall two firefighting stories that my grandfather shared before he passed away. Only two in my whole life… that’s it. I’ve  [...]