John Van Coillie
  • 60, Male
  • Lewiston, MI
  • United States
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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Paid
Job Function
Fire Chief / Chief of Department
Years in Fire/EMS:
since 86/23yrs
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Albert Twsp/Lewiston Fd & Ems
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
My Training:
ff 1&2, Haz Mat Awareness & Operations,Extracation, Ice rescue ops,MCTO Prep , Ops & Tactics, Mfr, ICS, Cevo III, Foam Ops, numerous other certs.
About Me:
Been chief of dept. since 05. Came up through the ranks. From ff to capt. to assist. chief to chief. Most important thing to me is the safety of our people. Everyone goes home.
Day Job:
Owner of local redimix concrete producer
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Used to go to fires before joining. Figured might as well join and get training so could help out.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
satisfaction of helping out in the community
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Safety and staffing. Trying to recruit new members to become paid per call ff's on the dept. Takes alot of time and training to become a ff and finding someone willing to dedicate their time to become a ff on a small dept. is getting harder all the time.

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At 8:21pm on February 22, 2009, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
John, welcome to the Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy just jump in anywhere and get your feet wet. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around.

Chief William Sharp
Southern Oregon Coast
At 3:28pm on February 22, 2009, Leo Cartwright said…
Hi there John; Leo from Australia, Paramedic; Welcome to FFN hope U enjoy the site and gather many friends during your stay. If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please feel free to add me to your collection of FFN friends.
I also collect Patches and badges; If U are interested and If U send me your postal address via my Email I will post you one of my State Ambulance Service Badge, (patch) for exchange of one of your service patches,
My Email is (LECAR1@BIGPOND.NET.AU) and/or my address is:-
Leo Cartwright J.P. 246 Kay Street; TRARALGON; Victoria; Australia; 3844

Cheers Leo

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