BFC Ekellop
  • 63, Male
  • GAVERE, Oost Vlaanderen
  • Belgium
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Started this discussion. Last reply by mike Nov 4, 2008. 7 Replies


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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Battalion Chief / Division Chief
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Years With Department/Agency
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About Me:
I am BFC Paul Vanlook, a volunteer firefighter from Gavere, Belgium and the
Secretary for the Belgian Fire-Observers, a non-profit organization. We organize educational group-trips to fire departments in the USA. Since 1996, we have arranged different visits to the fire departments all over the States.

San Diego, CA.,Phoenix, AR., Dallas, TX., Jacksonville, FL., Atlanta Ga, Washington DC , Austin, Tx, Orange County, CA., San Jose, Ca., Houston, Tx, Charleston, SC, Mobile, Al, Richmond and Norfolk, Va are just a few to mention.

We are in the planning stage for our program for 2012 - ......and are looking for a city to visit. Our groups usually consist of 10 to 14 Belgian volunteer and professional firefighters and/or paramedics representing different cities and fire
stations through out Belgium. Two or three members of the Belgian
Fire-Observers organization accompany all group-trips; these members
provide for all the transportation needs of the visiting firefighters.

The trip purposes are to study and observe the American working methods during a ride-along program and compare them to our working methods. The importance of innovative educational opportunities to promote individual growth and career development is something we pursue. We like to stay with the fire department and sleep in the fire stations during our 7 day visit. If possible, we would like to visit and observe the local 911-dispatch center, airport fire station, maintenance facility, and training academy.

We have visited Departments since 1996 and we all had a great time over there.

It was a learning experience for both parties.

As Team chief of some groups I was able to assure that the Belgian participants had the opportunity to taste the American way of life.

Anyone can contact me if your Fire Department wants to to host a group of 10 to 14 Belgian firefighters for a 7 day stay in the fire station and a ride-along program? We can determine an exact date later.

I appreciate your consideration of this matter and hope to hear from you
soon. Do not hesitate to contact me for any additional information or
questions. You can reach me by mail at the above postal address

or by e-mail at . or contact me on MSN :

After every tour we publish a little summary of the visit on our website, so you can have a look at that if you want.


BFC Paul Vanlook
Acaciastraat 24
B-9890 Gavere
Day Job:
Belgian military
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
childrens dream, service to my local community, way to meet people
Why I Love Fire/EMS
great opportunities, gets my blood pumping
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Education, training, fellowship

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At 3:17am on January 1, 2011, frans said…
hllo, nice to meet You, Sir.
At 3:39pm on December 16, 2008, brandweermanjan said…
halllo paul hoe is die daar is mooi stie hier he kijk er vaak op gr jan
At 10:50am on December 3, 2008, Thomas Bishop said…
Hi Paul - great photos. You may want to see - The International Organization of Fire Photography (IOFP) is the largest group of fire photographers.
At 12:44pm on October 5, 2008, Jolande said…
Hey bedankt voor je felicitatie! :D Sorry dat ik niet zo veel online ben op msn en het contact ff op een laag pitje staat, maar ik ben aller eerst een weekje in NY geweest..en nu ben ik begonnen aan mijn 1e klasse, en heb ik in begin november al mijn eerste theorie examen, aangezien ik het best wel een beetje moeilijk vind stop ik voorlopig al mijn 'tijd/energie' ff in de cursus..dus zal soms wel weer online zijn.. maar niet zo veel! Hoop dat jullie een fijne vakantie hebben gehad in de states!! en dat alles verder goed gaat met je! hoop je snel weer op msn tegen te komen!

Gr. jolande,
Bye bye
At 7:11pm on September 2, 2008, Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd said…
Hoe is mijn Nederlands? Hoop dat het vertaald OK. Mijn verwachtingen waren dat het zou maken jullie weten dat je niet alleen met je verdriet. We zijn allemaal een familie. God bless, Mike

Mike Schlags, brand Captain
Santa Barbara County brandweer
At 5:51pm on August 20, 2008, Allen Wahlstrom said…
Come visit Corpus Christi on your next trip.
At 10:14am on July 24, 2008, Captain Mo said…
Ha die Paul...

Nog maar een paar weekjes en dan is het zover!
At 6:29pm on July 14, 2008, Jolande said…
Hey hallo, denk dat nederlands geen probleem is..;-)

Hoorde van mijn beste vriend Cliff (hieronder zag ik m staan) dat je contact met hem hebt, en hij zei dat ik maar eens contact met je moest leggen, misschien wel leuk! :) Heb sinds juni dit jaar mijn cursus 'manschappen' afgerond en ga in sept. voor Brandwacht 1e klasse (weet niet of die cursussen bij jullie in belgie hetzelfde zijn trouwens)

misschien wel leuk om eens wat te mailen?
("friends" te worden? hier op ffn?)
Gr. jolande (uit holland)
At 11:33am on July 11, 2008, Cliff (a.k.a.Chiefiredog) said…
Hello Paul.. hope all is well with you and your family ..Have a good weekend ahead and stay safe ...Cliff
At 11:35pm on June 16, 2008, Cliff (a.k.a.Chiefiredog) said…
Hi again Paul...yes we are very busy ..we answer all life threatening medical emergency situations also motor vehicle accidents,Gun shot wounds, suicide attempts, and all the vast types of fire related emergencies,natural gas leaks, Gasoline spills, auto fires ...etc...We have 19 stations and over 350 full time professional firefighters.Hope all is well with you ..stay safe.....Cliff

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