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So you wanna be a firefighter?

How to Become a Firefighter Sounds like a career filled with action, doesn’t it? Being the hero of the day, running into smoke-laden buildings, rescuing the public from the burning flames, and being nominated for the Pride of Britain Awards. By the way, don’t expect to get any awards. As a fire fighter all the … Continue reading »

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Dave Pamah gives firefighting lecture to poor kids in Philippine School

Following my Asia book launch in Manila, I was approached by a school director of a school in Cavite, a province in the Philippines just outside Manila, to give a lecture to the kids during their” resiliency about firefighting” month which I gladly accepted to do. They say a picture paints a thousand words so … Continue reading »

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Fire Station Bullies

Most people that know me well will tell you that the one thing that almost destroyed my firefighting career was the Fire Station Bullies. If you come along to my book signing next week at the Manila International Book Fair I can tell you more about it. Meanwhile, here is a recent article by Adam J. Hansen that … Continue reading »

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The London fire from my perspective

I was approached by Sky news two days ago via twitter to give my take as a retired firefighter on the fire at Grenfell tower in West London. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties on my side we were unable to carry out the interview live on TV so I thought I’d just give a little … Continue reading »

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How running helped my firefighting career

I mentioned in my book ‘Firefighting from within‘ about running at a young age and now I want to share how it helped me as a firefighter. Running helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit. Running is free, you can do it anywhere, and it … Continue reading »

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How I managed with dyslexia as a firefighter

When I started work as a firefighter, I wasn’t in a position where I had to do a lot writing for or to other people. At school I taught myself how to memorize things in a most amazing way, because I struggled to read. I listened very well in meetings and when I was briefed … Continue reading »

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The Canada wildfire in Alberta

My thoughts are with the people of Canada affected by the recent wildfire that has gone out of control with thousands of people facing their second evacuation in three days. I’m hoping the cooler temperatures and rain that is on forecast, will make it easier to contain the fire. The situation so far: 49 wildfires … Continue reading »

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Preparing for earthquakes and other natural disasters with the Red Cross

I’ve been a volunteer for the Red Cross here in the Philippines for a year and a half now where they are the only Red Cross in the world with a fire and Rescue department. The best I can offer is my 25 years knowledge, skills and experience as a London Firefighter and some basic … Continue reading »

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Fire and Explosion at temples in India

It’s sad to hear that just over one week after the Kolkata flyover disaster, India had another disaster yesterday with a fire and explosion at the Kollam Temple Killing more that 100 people. Nearly 400 others were injured at the Puttingal temple in Paravur when a faulty firework fell onto a large stockpile of fireworks. A building … Continue reading »

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My former fire service bosses are paid more than the UK Prime Minister

I just found out that some of my former senior officers in the fire service  were paid more than the Prime Minister’s £142,500 salary and the highest paid was my deputy commissioner Rita Dexter — also: The boss of a failing service pocketed more than £350,000 and was given a pay rise despite being absent … Continue reading »

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