On the same day Rhett Fleitz reluctantly announced STATter911.com is the reader’s choice among fire service blogs, Fireboy from Roanoke finds himself featured in a major mainstream Australian publication once again trying to undermine the fire service’s most popular blog. This is not a put-on or satire. Read for yourself in an excerpt from an article by Peter Farquhar at news.com.au:
Mr Fleitz says similar sites are quite popular in the US. He has a local nemesis, Dave Statter, who runs statter911.com.
They’re good friends who “love to hate each other”, Mr Fleitz says.
“Some say he was a firefighter for a couple of days back in 1974 … I doubt it.”
The main focus of the article is Fireboy pontificating on the greater meaning of those Minnesota firefighters handling a vehicle fire while dressed in drag. I’m assuming Mr. Farquhar went right to the expert on that specific firefighting speciality. Fleitz told him that he could have gotten out of that dress, in full PPE and on air in under two minutes (again, I am not making this up). I assume this is based on experience.
The funny thing is that FireCritic.com never even ran that story from Minnesota. It was first presented to the fire service last Sunday by … wait for it … STATter911.com. It was brought to our attention by a loyal STATter911.com reader (the type Mr. Fleitz refers to as “trolls”) very shortly after it was posted on a TV website .
It’s those loyal readers who so kindly voted for STATter911.com and made us the reader’s choice in the Fire Blog of the Year contest run by Mr. Fleitz and the kind folks at FireRescue1.com. The same contest Mr. Fleitz originally said we couldn’t be a part of because I am not a firefighter.
I assume Fireboy took his grudge match to the other side of the world because few people are buying his claims about me in the U.S.
We do sincerely congratulate Mr. Fleitz for getting this international recognition and hosting the contest.
We will have a lot to talk about when we make a trip to Newark, Ohio together in May for the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Conference (click here to sign up). IronFiremen.com‘s Willie Wines Jr. will be along to referee.
In Ohio we will be talking about various aspects of social media and the fire service. But I assume Fleitz is already busy working on the PowerPoint for future presentations featuring this other expertise of his. The course, “PPE in under two, evening gown and all”, will make its debut in 2013. First stop for Fleitz, Sedan, Minnesota, of course.
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Fireboy lashes out on the same day he’s forced to announce what he already knew in his heart, that STATter911.com is the most popular fire service blog. By the way, BackstepFirefighter.com is the judge’s choice.