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Carlisle Volunteer Fire Department.

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Assistant or Deputy Chief
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Carlisle Fire and Rescue
Years With Department/Agency
Three years
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Northport Fire Department, Long Island, New York, 4 years
Richmondville Volunteer Fire Dept, New York, 11 years
Richmondville Volunteer Ambulance, New York, 11 years
Cobleskill Fire Dept, New York, 6 years.
My Training:
Major Certs; Firefighter II, National Fire Inspector I, Fire Protection Specialist, National Fire Investigator, Haz-Mat Technician Basic, NYS Health and Safety Officer, NYS Codes Enforcement Officer.
NYS Certificates;
Essentials, Initial Fire Attack, Fire Attack II, Ladder Co. Ops, Rescue Ops., Auto Extrication, Fire Behavior & Arson Awareness, Principles of Investigation, Electrical Fire Cause Determination I & II, Wildland Firefighting, Wildland Search & Rescue, Haz-Mat 1st Responder, Haz-Mat Technician, WMD; Awareness, WMD; Operations, Preparing for command, ICS:100, ICS: 200, NIMS: 700, NIMS: 701, NIMS: 703, Advanced Firefighter, Firefighter II, Firefighter Survival, Pump Operator, Incident Safety Officer, Building Construction Combustible, Sprinkler Systems Workshop, EMT-Critical Care (Expired), EMT-Basic (Expired), Garage Fire Seminar, Search and Rescue Seminar, Thats all I can remember...
About Me:
I have a 6 year old daughter named Isabella, and have been married now for almost 7 years. I love the fire service and all who respect it the way I do, and will be striving to bring back the standards of training and respect for senior members that it use to have, but somehow got misplaced...
But hey...If your daddy is chief and your last name has history in the dept you are safe for now. Bring back respect, and brotherhood...please.

I Believe...
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything.
Day Job:
Fire Safety Rep. for the State of New York
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I joined the fire service to help those in need during times of disaster, even if its simply retrieving their family pictures from the wall of their burning home. Im here for whoever needs me. I dont need bars on my shirt or a different color helmet to make me have honor and pride in what I do.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I live to make others happy, and help all who need it, and I love the training, brotherhood, and the feeling that I belong.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
I will probably be stoned to death for saying this but I feel passionately about it and maybe it will generate some support for this issue; I feel that Firefighter I & II should be State License's and need to be re-certified every 3-5 years like the NYS EMT license's. Not enough people refresh their training and its scary...VERY scary, to see guys who took "Essentials" 20+ years ago but have not attended any further or refresher training and feel they do not need to. THATS one of the top issues I feel in todays fire service.
Lack of training standards, volunteers with not enough time to train properly that get doctored through the system and end up being Chief at the age of 25. Lost Traditions, lack of respect of the elders and officers, Manpower issues, and equipment issues.

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Life Safety Initiatives, Should we or Shouldnt we Critique a LODD?

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 9:00am 4 Comments

I have become quite familiar with the age old argument of "Is it disrespectful to talk about or critique a LODD or LODI when we were not there and did not know the specifics?" I think I may have some more info that could hopefully bring fruition to an argument that has been raging for far too long.

I attended a seminar last evening at my station put on by a very educated and experienced past chief from my area who also works for the Emergency Management Office and has been an… Continue

Lets Re-think the Future of Fire Training

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 11:29am 12 Comments

Friends, Brothers Sisters, and everyone interested in keeping knowledge up to date.

I have a dream, and that dream is to have a Volunteer Fire Service that holds training and education on a pedestal and worships it daily. A fire service that understands the importance of continuing education and practicing BASIC skills on an annual schedule. A fire service that is no longer concerned with ego and image and is MORE concerned with the service it provides to its residents...Isn't that what we… Continue

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At 10:10am on August 15, 2012, Emily Coonradt said…

Your welcome and i hope you have a great day yourself and stay safe.

At 8:55am on July 19, 2012, FETC said…

Thanks Moose. Nice to meet you. If you are on Facebook search FETC Services and I have some training material on there as well.


Bill Greenwood

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At 7:34pm on June 11, 2012, larry cooke said…

You have a right to post b/c you do the job but on your own time and experience some of the same situations. While a Firefighter I also on my days off as a psychologist and my last job was at the local VA as a therapist on the PTSD program. A comparison with your situation and the military situation is that the military has activated the reserves. The incident of PTSD w/career military is abt. 19% and incident with the reserves is 44%. You can extrapilate that to volunteers. The two different groups went in for different reasons. The career went in knowing they were going to war and the reserves didn't they would. PTSD is very common in the fire service. The important part is that PTSD is a normal reaction to abnormal or trauma events. 

At 1:55am on April 18, 2012, Russ Marks said…

I am with you in your RANTING, the public doesnt care if your paid, just that you do your job.  We have members that get to a point and then think they can start missing training.  I have found that alot of Vol Officers dont think they have the same legal libalities as paid Officers and are shocked to think OSHA may come knocking if someone is injured.  We have to have standards to ensure we stay safe.

At 1:46am on April 18, 2012, Russ Marks said…

Hey Moose, thanks for accepting, I think and you and I think alike based on your posts.  Sometimes I dont respond right away. not ingoring folks just dont visit here often. Its that time thing.


Stay safe


At 12:35am on December 30, 2011, Bruce Lawrence said…

Hey Cap...Send me a message. Our department is in the process of starting to spec out a new engine and our old engine is a HME FFA, I think the model is a penetrator...but not positive I am the Rescue Driver. The engine is 15 years old but we have records for everything done on it and to it by a major repair facility that Pierce authorizes to do their factory service here in our area...The few times I have driven it, it handles very well, the pump is strong and just passed inspection this past October.  1500 gal tank, and 1250 gpm pump. More of a long term solution for you guys...but it is a good engine taken care of by a fairly busy engine company. We had to know it was going to work when we headed out and made sure the maintenance was done on it religiously. Good luck in your apparatus search!

At 4:51pm on August 18, 2011, April Iachetta said…
i live 30min from rochester and 30 min from buff. NY right in beteween them is my location
At 3:38pm on August 2, 2011, Jack/dt said…
Brian, no worries, it was not directed at you but rather the "firefighter" that was being discussed by the OP (the female with the attitude), as well as at others that seem to think they can do, say and act however they please because they are 'volunteers.'

I don't trash volunteers, only "volunteer attitudes." Clearly you don't fall into the "volunteer attitude."
At 1:10pm on May 25, 2011, Keith A. Morrone said…
Nice to meet you, stay safe
At 1:22pm on May 18, 2011, Jason Hoevelmann said…
Thanks for the ad and train hard.

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