Bart W
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  • Summerfield, FL
  • United States
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Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department
Job Function
Training Officer
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Marion County Fire Rescue
Years With Department/Agency
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
NASAR// Fl Fire Chiefs Assoc. // former USLA Ocean Lifeguard - that's the profile pic, by the way - over 12 years and 20 pounds ago (sigh) what a great job that was.....
My Training:
FF/PM/Instructor, etc. // SARTECH I (NASAR) // Swiftwater Rescue Technician// K9 handler and so forth.
About Me:
In the immortal words of Popeye - "I yam what I yam." While I do not have fancy degrees and pedigrees, I have a lot of experience and continue to expand the brain on stuff that matters most. Have been involved in the technical rescue aspects of the job for most of it. Currently expanding my knowledge and involvement in SAR. Have a great wife and kids and enjoy hanging out with them!
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Enjoy using the best tools God gave us - head and hands - to go into a difficult, challenging life or death situation and make the save.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Where else can you have this much fun in a career for decades...
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Too many people taking the job for the sole purpose of making money instead of taking the job for what its all about... or atleast used to be about....

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At 1:15pm on April 22, 2010, Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd said…

Hola from the left coast... This is what I was protecting until retiring one-month ago. Isn't is amazing to have ocean responses as a part of your job? I miss it already... Live the dream brother,
At 8:18am on April 19, 2010, Leo Cartwright said…
Hi there Baet; I’m Leo from Australia, Paramedic; Welcome to FFN hope U enjoy this site and gather many friends during your stay. If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please feel free to add me to your collection of FFN friends. If I have not added you as a friend, it’s because I have reached my Max and I am waiting for members to reply to me.
I also collect Patches and badges and would love to show one of yours in my collection. I am looking for Police, Medical, Ambulance, S&R; Dispatcher & Fire Service patches. If U are interested, or U know someone in these groups please contact me. My Email is
If you fell like sending me one of your Service patch … don’t be shy….
My address is:-
Leo J. Cartwright
246 Kay Street

Cheers Leo
At 10:42pm on April 18, 2010, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Bart, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy. 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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