Privacy Policy

Who we are

This website address is: This is an Author’s site for sharing more details relevant to the published book Alarm in the Firehouse: A Memoir of America’s First Openly Gay Professional Firefighter. The Author (R. Kevin Mallinson) is responsible for reviewing and posting comments from readers.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Blog Contributors:

If you voluntarily sign up to post comments on this blog, this site will record your name and email address. You can refuse to supply personal information, but that will exclude you from having your comments posted on the blogs. You may email the author with comments and request that they not be identified with your name. Your email address would never be shared with others. When subscribers click on a link in one of my emails or fills out a form, the site may record this information (see below how this information is used). You may ask for all your data to be deleted at any time.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may provide your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Blog contributors’ names and emails will only be used for receiving and approving the blog posts; this information will only be seen by the Author (R. Kevin Mallinson).

Sharing of Personal Information. Reader information is never shared with an third party. Contributor information is never shared with a Third party for the purposes of advertising.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment for posting on the blog, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.