Matthew Powers
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When Did You Stop Looking at the Service with Rookie Eyes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Rocke Jul 21, 2010. 11 Replies

With a lot of posts lately that are from rookies talking about their adventures in their POVs, or how they speak publicly of private events.  I was guilty of similar things when I was looking through…Continue

Pumper Trailer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Reynolds May 25, 2010. 14 Replies

Has anyone ever used a trailer mounted fire pump in the range of 1000 - 1500 gpm?  I work in a rural department where water supply is a definitive factor in our success.  My thought is that a trailer…Continue

Crazy Calls

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Tindell May 16, 2010. 2 Replies

It's Friday and the message boards seem to be playing the same old threads that have been here for a couple of days.  Just to mix things up a little, please share your craziest call.  It could be…Continue

Little Giant Ladders

Started this discussion. Last reply by DUST May 7, 2010. 13 Replies

Last night was ladder test night down to the house.  We tested out extension and roof ladders and everything went well.  Then came the Little Giant, now I am not advocating for a specific product…Continue

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jenifar left a comment for Matthew Powers
"Hello Dear, I saw your profile today in this site and i like it Here is my email address ( send me an email today love and kiss Jenifar HONEY PLEASE SEND ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN MY INBOX I SEND YOU MY…"
Mar 30, 2011
Matthew Powers and Daniel are now friends
Jan 10, 2011
Robert Costine replied to Matthew Powers's discussion Starting a Juniors program in the group Training Ideas
"Our juniors also have to maintain a passing geade in school.If a junior fails a subject they are out of the program until the next marking period."
Dec 7, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to S.Ruble's discussion What is you favorite firefighter saying
"You've got to be smart when to use this one, but you asked for my favorite. Build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a night; Set a man on fire, he'll be warm the rest of his life."
Nov 16, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to Fabulous Heather Days of Summer's discussion CAPTION THIS
"Ice Road Truckers ain't got nothin' on Deathway International Engineers. "
Oct 7, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to John Karl Ambrusch, III's discussion Universal Firefighter ID Card
"John, I think National certifications are great. To have a certain set of standards is a reasonable expectation across state lines. The problem with standards is that they are never standard. Some departments may require IFSAC while other may…"
Oct 4, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to John Karl Ambrusch, III's discussion Universal Firefighter ID Card
"A national ID card? I am more of a State's rights guy myself. Since different states recognize different curriculum, I would think this would be a big can of worms. I also think a national ID card would lend itself more to counterfeiting since…"
Oct 4, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to Firefighter NetCast's discussion Volunteers: Too much to know and do well to keep up?
"My volunteer department does not try to be everything to everybody. Those that do try and succeed, I comment you. Those that try and fail, need to take stock and make corrective actions. When I signed on, I thought we would be making calls like the…"
Sep 14, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to Jonathan's discussion What are your views regarding the cost of OSHA enforcement, compared to the actual benefit in reduced worker injury/illness/death?
"$513M / number of employed fokes = $3-4 per worker. Thanks OSHA!"
Sep 14, 2010
Matthew Powers and Shawn Matheson are now friends
Sep 9, 2010
Matthew Powers commented on Mark Fuqua's photo

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"I like your organization. Burlington is doing a fine job."
Sep 8, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to DUST's discussion Ever been whacked?
"A licence plate number will go a long way..."
Sep 8, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to Kent Calhoun's discussion Whats your GET OUT! signal?
"1. In the event of a dangerous situation in a fire building that requires an immediate evacuation of firefighters all trucks will blow sirens and air horns for a period of not less than 30 seconds. 2. Upon hearing this signal, all firefighters in…"
Sep 8, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to Kevin Teel's discussion Caption This
"Studies show women are more likely to wear PPE then men."
Sep 1, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to FireFighter 13-51's discussion Give your opinion do you like Fire and Ems Combined Departments or Strictly Fire or Strictly EMS
"I like to see combined departments. It gives down time when you are running fire, and it gives extra hands available when the EMS load gets too high. For those that think splitting focus decreases the knowledge of the staff I offer this; most…"
Sep 1, 2010
Matthew Powers replied to Devan Mills's discussion SCBA Facepiece question
"I have not run across a Drager, but Scott and MSA are not the same connection. I would suspect all manufacturers have a different system."
Aug 31, 2010

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Bridgewater Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
My Training:
FF I/II (enrolled)
Fire Service Instructor I/II
HazMat Awareness
EMT-Intermediate (enrolled)
Day Job:
IT/Electronics Repair
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I rather selfishly wanted to make sure my wife was in the best hands when I was out of town.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
No two events are the same. The constant need for preparedness and awareness keep me on my toes.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Justifying local fire departments / staffing when call volume is low, and critical injuries are down.

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At 1:23pm on August 26, 2010, DALE G. PEKEL said…
Thanks for the feedback also brother - Glad to hear the training went well!!
At 1:20pm on August 26, 2010, DALE G. PEKEL said…
Hello Mattew,

Thanks for the invite Brother! - All the best to you and your Department,

Dale G. Pekel
At 9:44am on July 30, 2010, Mathew Douglas Giles said…
Good look on that photo never thought about that thanks
At 10:11am on July 14, 2010, Paul Montpetit said…
Thanks for the add...don't feel that you can't criticize as well...we all learn from one another here...I can take as well as dish it out...LOL Stay safe Brother...remember to Keep the Faith..........Paul
At 5:47pm on May 3, 2010, Jack/dt said…
Matt, thanks for the add. Glad you realize that the cow flop was just me kidding and not taking a slam at you. Too many think the other way... at some point I may try to be be more warm and fuzzy.
Yeah, probably not.
Stay safe,
At 3:05pm on December 22, 2009, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Matthew, 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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