Michael A
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BDLS class

Started May 21, 2011 0 Replies

BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support) just went through that class yesterday in Cadillac Michigan. It was a pretty good class for a lecture based class. I am looking forward to the ADLS class which is…Continue

Back to Work!

Started May 4, 2011 0 Replies

I had a mini vacation 5 days off!! I didn't shave once (won't tell you how many times I showered..lol). Had a nice beard started but it wasn't meant to be. I hate shaving. We are allowed facial hair…Continue

Need a bit of help with POV lights

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fireman Larry May 4, 2011. 1 Reply

No this isnt a discussion on which is better or what do you have.I added a Whelen UPS 690 hide away strobe power supply to my vehicle. It keeps popping the switch fuse. It requires a 15amp fuse and…Continue

Stand By. (Law Enforcement Incidents)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Tindell Apr 26, 2011. 4 Replies

Just wondering if your departments do stand by for law enforcement. My department has been staged at the IC post for a barricaded gunman for last 6 hours. 1 engine 1 ambulance 5 members just sitting…Continue

 

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Combi Tube or King Tube?

Recent talks around my parts is the possiblity of switching to the king tubes. Right now we run only combi tubes. (Should point out my department is EMT-Basic) Not sure if I like switching from what I have read king tubes come in 3 sizes so that is 6 tubes we would be mandated to have at all times compared to our 2 combi. Just wondering what others think of the 2 choices. I did see in a recent EMS magazine the new SALT (Supraglottic Airway Laryngopharyngeal Tube) looks neat but seeing it on a…See More
Aug 29, 2011
Roy Walker replied to Michael A's discussion Combi Tube or King Tube?
"Yes Thomas good question I always believe that the more tools in the box the better."
Aug 29, 2011
Ben Waller replied to Michael A's discussion Combi Tube or King Tube?
"Add LMAs to the mix. We used LMAs as our rescue aiway of choice for several years. That usually meant using a LMA if the ET couldn't be passed in 2 tries, or if there was an obvious difficult airway when ET intubation might not be the…"
Aug 28, 2011
Abe Winter replied to Michael A's discussion Combi Tube or King Tube?
"Its really a matter of personal preference, the king comes in three sizes so that's nice, however if by some fluke you hit the windpipe instead of the throat then you got to pull out and reinsert whereas with the combi tube its pretty much fool…"
Aug 28, 2011
Andrew left a comment for Michael A
"Good day! I am a collector from Ukraine. I suggest you to exchange patches. Andrew. tkachenko_van@optima.com.uа"
Jul 12, 2011
Michael A replied to Mark Honerbaum's discussion Helmets
"Nice stereo would be cool too. And a recliner for the engineer. I know I get tired of just standing there watching everyone work. (hint of sarcasm there)"
May 27, 2011
Michael A replied to Mark Honerbaum's discussion Helmets
"Sorry been away for a few days. As far as us and our fire knight helmets. We still don the face mask the same. We did not elect to go with the clip on. We were concerned about meeting the fit test requirements. Yes we may be progressive but we…"
May 26, 2011
Michael A replied to Mark Honerbaum's discussion Helmets
"we wear the fire knight helmets. I know its more of a European style but I like it. Some other departments try to tease us from breaking from tradition. but they are super comfortable they have built in safety glasses for when your doing none air…"
May 23, 2011
Michael A replied to Rhonda Cornwell's discussion rehab in the group "The Training Cadre"
"We do our own rehab. Everyone on our department is medical trained. We do have agreements in place with the ambulance service to do stand by. But that is at the call of the IC. Our local Salvation Army is a wonderful asset. They will bring us cold…"
May 21, 2011
Michael A replied to Scott Taylor's discussion Give this some thought! in the group "The Training Cadre"
"Now for my real answer looking at the design it appears the bar that actually locks the door has a pivot. So my question is how strong is it? Would normal door breaching work IE sledgehammer and hallingan bar, or even our port a power spreader.…"
May 21, 2011
Michael A replied to Scott Taylor's discussion Give this some thought! in the group "The Training Cadre"
"Im sorry but the smartazz in me just has to say it....I would push the bar to open it..."
May 21, 2011
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May 21, 2011
Michael A posted a discussion

BDLS class

BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support) just went through that class yesterday in Cadillac Michigan. It was a pretty good class for a lecture based class. I am looking forward to the ADLS class which is all hands on. Learned quite a bit about biological and radiological disasters. Was a real eye opener.My suggestion is if you haven't taken this course you should really see if its offered in your area. See More
May 21, 2011
Michael A replied to Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd's discussion Fire Apparatus Wheel Chocks. What's your SOG?
"Our policy is the engine/pumper (whatever you want to call it) gets chocked 1 in front and 1 in rear of the back tire. Chief is a stickler to it and will let you "know" if you forget."
May 19, 2011
Michael A replied to Joshua Bourque's discussion Pump Panels Side Mount Vs Top Mount
"Well I'm the engineer for our department and I can tell you I love our top mount. I started with the side mount and like others mentioned you can't see you have lines in the way. I will say one of the downsides is during a fire I get up…"
May 19, 2011
Michael A replied to Mark Poznanski's discussion Effective Communication: 10 Codes/Hands Signals/Radio
"Ok I am a 911 dispatcher in my county and also a volunteer at a fire/ems station. We use plain English. We did away with any 10 codes for fire/EMS our law enforcement still uses some 10 codes but those are for safety reasons. However I should…"
May 12, 2011

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
17
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Maple Ridge
Years With Department/Agency
14
Web Site:
http://tri-townshipems.com
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
I started as a volunteer for Virgina Beach EMS station 4, Chesapeake Beach
My Training:
EMT-Basic, Firefighter 1&2, Hazmat Specialist, and a few other things...but pretty much standard training to work in Fire/EMS.
About Me:
I've been involved in the fire/EMS service most of my life. I learned fire fighting in the Navy, not that it really helps in the civilian fire fighting. I've been working for the county 911 system as a dispatcher for last 8 years. Still do a paid on call firefighter/EMT for my local department. I work part time as EMT-Basic for the ambulance service doing mainly transfers to other hospitals. I love working in the field but I am also experienced enough to not get over excited about calls. I tend to remain calm in 99% of the calls I have learned over the years the best place to work on a fire call is running the engine, that is where you find me if I have anything to say about it.
Day Job:
911 Dispatcher
Relationship Status:
Married
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I shall give the normal answer. To help people. Honestly it was to tick off my family seeing as I come from a family of law enforcement...lol
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I suppose after all these years, it really comes down to being there for my comunity.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Funding, Funding, Funding. I know as budgets get tighter and tighter that keeping up to date on the new procedures and equipment it becomes almost necessary to pay out of your own pocket.

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At 3:15am on July 12, 2011, Andrew said…
Good day! I am a collector from Ukraine. I suggest you to exchange patches. Andrew. tkachenko_van@optima.com.uа
At 7:26am on April 11, 2011, Roger Waters said…
Welcome to Firefighter Nation Michael
At 11:32pm on April 10, 2011, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Michael,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.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon
 
 
 

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