Andrew Merkel
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  • Basom, NY
  • United States
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What State do you live in?
Type of Organization
Volunteer Fire Department
Job Function
Assistant Chief/Deputy Chief
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Town of Alabama Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
My Training:
Scene Support Operations
Firefighter 1
Firefighter 2
Apparatus Operator: Aerial Device
Apparatus Operator: Pump
Truck Company Operations
Amtrack Firefighting Course
Accident Victim Extrication
Fire Operations in the Urban Interface
Building Construction: Combustible
Building Construction: Non-combustible
Trench Rescue Concepts
Confined Space Awareness
HAZMAT 1st Responder Operations
HAZMAT Technician
Defense Against WMD's
Emergency Response to Terrorism
Introduction to Fire Officer
Fire Officer 1
Incident Safety Officer
Live Fire Safety Training
Conducting Live Fire Training Evolutions
Effective Communications
Leadership and Influence
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Firefighter Emergency Escape Instructor's Course
Challenges of Pesticides and Poisons
Rescue Tech: Basic
Respiratory Protection Program Administrator
Understanding Terrorism and Managing the Consequences
Preparing for the Line of Duty Death
About Me:
I have been a Firefighter / AEMT with the Town of Alabama Fire Department for 12 years, and a past 1st Assistant Chief. Within this position I oversaw 2 Captains, 1 Lieutenant, and the department's Health and Safety Officer. I served previously as Lieutenant, Captain, EMS Captain, and Assistant Chief (overseeing a sub-station housing 2 engines and a heavy rescue). Outside from the fire service I work full time for the Genesee County Sheriff's Office as a 911 dispatcher, am a dog enthusiast, play guitar, and enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and snowmobiling.
Day Job:
Genesee County Sheriff's Office / Mercy Flight WNY
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
When I was growing up, the father of one of my close friends was a member of the Town of Alabama Fire Department. After speaking with him, I decided that I wanted to try it out.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
When you see somebody on what is perhaps their worse day, and you do something to make their day just a little bit better, it just adds to what it feels like to be a firefighter.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Manpower shortages
Increasing call volumes

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At 3:52pm on January 18, 2010, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Andrew, Welcome to the FF 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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