Child, adult, infant CPR AED
Search and Rescue
Currently working on TIMS
I am a mother and wife, I love to go hunting, fishing, and camping. I recently joined WLLVFD as a firefighter, first responder, and love every minute of my job. There isn't a better feeling in the world aside from helping people when they need us the most..well other than coming home and hugging my kiddo. I have a great support system and great new family of brothers and sisters, my job I do not take lightly at all.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I didn't choose firefighting or first responder the job chose me, and I love it. The reason I joined was all thanks to growing up with a step dad who was a firefighter, first responder, for 24 years I watched him leave dinner, or my school game even though I knew he hated leaving I knew that helping others was on his mind and he did his job greatly with honor. I decided that I was going to follow in his footsteps long ago but being a mother I thought I couldn't do it, I finally decided to start checking into my local departments when I moved back home and I am glad I did. Helping others when they need us the most is a big job, and I love it. With me it's not about the hero title, it's about being there for someone, letting them know that help is there, about holding that child in loving, comforting and caring arms as their family member is pulled from a wreckage, it's about helping the 80 year old woman who can't catch a good breath in bed as you stand at her window talking to her so she knows she isn't alone while a family member comes to unlock the door, there isn't enough words to describe the feeling that helping others gives me, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. That is why I joined the fire department. It's not a title, it's a passion you honor!
Why I Love Fire/EMS
They are amazing people who give up so much to save a life, everyone is family on our VFD and they see every FF/FR as family across the nation. They are compassionate about their jobs, and honor their places among our community
Top Issues Facing Responders:
I feel that support is a big issue small departments such as mine are facing, funding to upgrade tools, and equipment.
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Wanted to let you know of more free online training in addition to the previous list of
recommended courses. Please pass this along to your Chief, Safety and training officers.
Note the following courses offer blended learning, online and hands on components. They can either be taken together or separately. For hands on, your department must schedule for training and is offered through out the country. All of them are excellent training opportunities.
These are all free online first responder courses that offer certificates and that I highly recommend. Please pass this along to your Chief, Safety and training officers.
-IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System
-IS-700.a National Incident Management System Introduction
-IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
-IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
-IS-804 Emergency Support Function (ESF) #4 Firefighting
Professional Development Series
-IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises
-IS-230.d Fundamentals of Emergency Management
-IS-235.c Emergency Planning
-IS-240.b Leadership and Influence
-IS-241.b Decision Making and Problem Solving
-IS-242.b Effective Communication
-IS-244.b Developing and Managing Volunteers
You will notice that many of these websites will offer many other interesting courses that will be beneficial to your development as a first responder. Take in as much training hands on and online as you can.It will only help to make you a better, smarter and safer firefighter. Congrats on passing the ICS/NIMS courses and keep up the good work. Take care and stay safe Sister!
You were given erroneous information. The correct link is the FEMA Emergency Management Institute, where you can take free online courses for ICS and NIMS, among several other course offerings. Upon viewing the entire online course and successfully passing an online test , it will generate a certificate of completion. It may take awhile, but you can then print a copy of it to submit for your records.
Welcome to Firefighter Nation Jessica. I'm glad you joined the group. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Chief William Sharp- Retired Brookings Fire / Rescue Living in Alaska