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Lives in:
Kingsport, TN
Kingsport Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing, Retirement Pensions, Apparatus Relocation
I am a career firefighter in Tennessee, and have been volunteering with my department in Virginia for 9 years. I run a fire service blog in my spare time called The Model City Firefighter
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Andrew Catron's Blog

The Struggles of Staying Physical Fit

Physical fitness and personal wellness are not two things that I have always been passionate about. Honestly, at the beginning of my career, I wasn’t fit for the job I was expected to perform. While it’s hard for me to admit this, it is a fact. At the same time, it is something that I have battled with throughout the last few years and continue to do so today. There is no doubt that…


Posted on January 21, 2014 at 3:03pm

Mutual Aid Response to the Motor City

The Model City Firefighter is headed to the Motor City to provide mutual aid!

A couple months back, the Detroit Mutual Aid Project was launched to raise much needed funds to purchase equipment for our brothers and sisters in Detroit, MI. As a Board Member of the National Firefighters Endowment, I have been involved with the project since…


Posted on January 12, 2014 at 10:49am

Blowin' Smoke with Kevin Shea’s newest article of Blowin’ Smoke features Kevin Shea, a retired firefighter from FDNY. We are very excited about this Blowin’ Smoke article and grateful for the opportunity to interview Shea on the site. I had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year in Chicago. He is about as humble as they come and is a wealth of knowledge. We hope you enjoy the interview.



Posted on December 18, 2013 at 2:26pm

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

As I sat in the recliner last night watching the NBC Nightly News special coverage about Hurricane Sandy last night, I have to admit…tears came to my eyes. Seeing the fires at Breezy Point, the mass destruction on the coast line, and hearing the tales of heroism by the first hand accounts of all those who were there. Little did I know that when this happened one year ago, this destruction would also change my life forever even being 10 hours away.


In mid-October of last year,…


Posted on October 30, 2013 at 11:36am

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