Joseph M. Piwtorak
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  • North Tonawanda, NY
  • United States
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Matthew Kyler and Joseph M. Piwtorak are now friends
Jan 26, 2013
Joseph M. Piwtorak updated their profile
Apr 8, 2010
Joseph M. Piwtorak joined BCFD RES1CUE LT's group

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Mar 13, 2010
Joseph M. Piwtorak posted songs
Mar 6, 2010
Joseph M. Piwtorak replied to FFN WebTeam's discussion Initial Report on Tragic Buffalo Fire, Collapse Released
"Here is the report if anyone is interested in reading it."
Feb 26, 2010
Joseph M. Piwtorak replied to FFN WebTeam's discussion Ferrara Wins Contract for FDNY Rescues
"Ferraras are junk, my dept has 2 Ferrara engines and have had nothing but problems with them. Always out of service for mechanical or pump problems."
Feb 4, 2010
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Jan 16, 2010
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Jan 16, 2010
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This group is for all of those who support the "Everyone Goes Home" initiative by the National Fallen Firefighters Association.Be safe, Be responsible so everyone goes home.See More
Jan 16, 2010
Christian Cossey left a comment for Joseph M. Piwtorak
"Thnks for the add. Hope everything is going okay, Hope your year is starting out well. Stary safe and remember failure to train is training for failure."
Jan 6, 2010
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Profile Information

Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
North Tonawanda Fire Dept. - Active Hose Co. #2
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
I am a member of the North Tonawanda Volunteer Fire Companies Association, North Tonawanda Volunteer Firemen's Benevolent Association, Niagara County Volunteer Firemen's Association, Niagara County Fire Chiefs Association, Western New York Volunteer Firemen's Association, Firemen's Association of the State of New York, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Advanced Local Emergency Rescue Teams of Western New York and Southern Ontario, Dive Rescue International, and International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists.
My Training:
Erie Community College
Associates in Applied Sciences, Fire Protection Technology

National Fire Academy
Incident Safety Officer

New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control
Basic Firefighter, Intermediate Firefighter, Pump Operations, Hazardous Materials First Responders Operation, Fire Behavior Arson Awareness, Firefighter Safety Survival, FAST Team Operations, Introduction to Fire Officer, Firefighter II, Truck Company Operations, SCBA Confidence, Water Rescue Awareness, & Incident Safety Officer

New York State Department of Health
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

New York State Emergency Management Office
ICS 100, 200, & 300

Federal Emergency Management Agency

National Association of Underwater Instructors
Open Water SCUBA Diver

Dive Rescue International
Dive Rescue Specialist I, Ice Rescue Specialist, & Swift Water River Rescue

Duties of the Fire Officer, Every New York Responder Goes Home, Firefighter Rescue and Removal, Thermal Imagers Applications, Fire Service Leadership, Firefighters & Fire Officers: Scared Straight, Functional Boss Behaviors, & Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire Analysis

Improving Response Scene Safety

Respond Smart
Professional Conduct & Fire Department Pride

Erie County Emergency Service
MERS Radio Systems

American Heart Association

Mercy Flight of WNY
Ground School
About Me:
I joined the fire service after graduating high school following in the foot steps of my grandfather, father, and uncles. Received my associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology from Erie Community College, just enrolled at Empire State College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fire/Emergency Services Management & Administration, and ultimately get a masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Buffalo.

I have held many offices/positions within the fire service; I am a Past President of North Tonawanda Volunteer Fire Companies Association. I currently hold the rank of Captain in the Fire Dept. and am the Dive Master/Chief of Operations on the Underwater Dive Rescue Team.

I assist my departments MTO and the County Instructors in live fire training and would love one day to become a SFI/MFI. I currently represent the City of North Tonawanda on the Niagara County Legislator Homeland Security and Fire Advisory Boards, I was a member of the Mayors Office Fire Department Study Review Committee and the departments Volunteer Restructuring Committee.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Family Tradition, I basicly grew up at the fire station.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Greatest job in the world
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Cut backs in funding for training and equipment
Lack of manpower (Short staffed on career end & declining volunteer ranks)
Firefighter Fatalities

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At 2:49am on January 6, 2010, Christian Cossey said…
Thnks for the add. Hope everything is going okay, Hope your year is starting out well. Stary safe and remember failure to train is training for failure.
At 11:06pm on October 24, 2009, Carlos A. Pozo said…
How are you?
I am a Firefighter/EMT and recent graduate from the Fire Academy at IRSC. I grew up making music and since I am still on the hunt for a fire job, I found myself inspired to make Firefighter Tribute Songs to honor this amazing industry. Here is a link to my website where you can hear and see my songs and videos. I hope you enjoy them.

Thank you and God bless.
At 5:35pm on October 20, 2009, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Joseph, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Have fun and look around.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon

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