The Nest

Firefighter Shirt Designs | The Screen Printing Process

Firefighter Shirt Designs | The Screen Printing Process

Screen-printing is one of the most popular ways of producing beautiful shirts in bulk. Here are some of the basics surrounding this process.   How it Works   In the traditional silk-screening approach, you start with a square wooden frame about the size of a T-shirt. Over this frame, you tightly stretch a piece of sheer fabric (originally silk, now polyester). This is the screen. Over this sheer fabric, you put a thin sheet of plastic into which you have cut holes where you want the ink to appear on the T-shirt. You can either cut the holes with a...

Read more →


Fire Duty Shirts | How Firefighters Give Back

Fire Duty Shirts | How Firefighters Give Back

Many people are unaware of the other ways that firefighters give back to our cities and towns. Here are some ways that they help us in our daily lives.   Community Functions   In recent years it has become much more common for fire departments to also perform emergency medical functions as well as the traditional firefighting functions. So often times that involves the fire department housing ambulances as well as the Paramedics and EMTs that staff them. Firefighters have also traditionally been tasked with rescue duties prior to emergency medical workers talking over patient care. That includes car crashes,...

Read more →


International Association of Firefighters reports, cancer is now the leading cause of death among firefighters.

Every month the fire departments on the Iron Range take turns hosting Regional Fire Training but Wednesday night's  training was the first of its kind. "Tonight's class is on Cancer awareness," said Capt. Dustin Erickson of the Virginia Fire Dept.  According to the International Association of Firefighters, cancer is now the leading cause of death among firefighters. In the past decade, more than 60% of the names added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial have died from occupational cancer. There isn't a national firefighter database yet to track the numbers, Congress is currently working on a bill but multiple studies...

Read more →


5 yr old who was shot multiple times, gets a ride home from the Asst. Fire Chief that helped save him

  University Hospital in San Antonio released the last victim of the Sutherland Springs shooting Thursday. Ryland Ward, who turned six while undergoing treatment for five gunshot wounds, got a ride home in a fire truck driven by Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Duncan of nearby Stockdale. Stockdale Fire Chief Edwin Baker said Duncan was the first responder who rescued Ryland from the church following the shooting Nov. 5. “Ryland actually reached and grabbed Rusty’s pant leg, and Rusty reached down and pulled him out," Baker said."  Rusty went to the hospital to see how he was doing, and as his recovery...

Read more →


15 Tips for Firefighters to Stay safe and Warm this winter

We all know that being a firefighter is a dangerous job.  But when you add extreme cold weather to the mix, it becomes all the more deadly.. Here are 15 Tips that could just very well save lives. Provide training concerning frostbite and hypothermia. Allow firefighters to carry a personal bag that contains extra cold-weather gear. Our bags typically include a stocking cap, some type of balaclava made from polar fleece or Under Armour-type fabric, a sweatshirt or long-sleeve turtleneck, extra gloves, mittens with liners and heavy socks. Identify and service potential problem hydrants. To locate buried hydrants following a...

Read more →