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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Paid
Job Function
Training Officer
Years in Fire/EMS:
12
Years With Department/Agency
12
My Training:
FF I & II
Medic
1002-pumper
1041-II
1021-II
Rescue/Recovery Diver
Underwater Crime Scene Investigator
Safety Officer
1006-Rope Tech
1006-Con Space Tech
1006-Trench Tech
1006-Vehicle/Machinery Tech
Haz Mat Tech
WMD Tech
NIMS Trainer
Various other training
About Me:
1993 -- started fire service as VFF
1996 -- started as career FF/medic
2000 -- started as associate instructor for state fire academy
2000 -- started my training company
2007 -- became department training officer
Relationship Status:
Married
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Staffing (career & vol)
Funding (career & vol)
Training (career & vol)

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I don’t know, maybe I’m just pissed over all this and thinking about the past too much today. You guys tell me what you think.

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 3:40pm 6 Comments

Ok, so I have to vent or I’m going to lose it. As I sit here at my desk thinking about today’s history in the fire service. I think about all the times I have taught RIT or LODD case studies and see these blank looks. I see these faces go totally blank when I say places like Hackensack, NJ, Worcester, Ma, Keokuk, Ia, Marks, Ms, & Charleston, Sc. Now the last one, I get someone in the course that says…oh yea, those guys in South Carolina that got killed, right? I sit here today and think… Continue

What are YOU doing to make it better? What are YOU doing to make it worse?

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

Well, it looks like that last blog was a possible hit. I think we all know the people I was referring to, we’ve all seen them, worked around them and we’ve all wondered the same questions. Why are you here?

So, I may have stepped on some toes with that, if so….I’m not really sorry, if you were offended, then you need to take a long hard look in the mirror. Which will lead into rule #6. We all need to take a hard look in the mirror. As I say this, I am stepping on my own toes. We must… Continue

Well here is Rule 5, this may get REAL personal, if so....you need to do some thinking.

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

Well, it looks like I not the only one that's going through some of this. Again, over the last 6 or 7 years of going around and teaching & learning from firefighters, I keep seeing us making the same mistakes. As I see it, it's the same problems over and over. Look, I don't know everything, matter of fact, what I have learned, I've had to pay for most of these lessons. All I ask of my students, is please don’t repeat my mistakes, make your own, just don’t repeat mine.

With that being… Continue

I might be on to something with this....what do you think?

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 1:30pm 2 Comments

Ok, so from looking at the replies, it's not just me. Looks like I might be on to something here. So, I'm sure your looking for rules #3 now right? Let's just start with a few sayings I heard as I "grew up" in the fire service. Now please understand, ALL of these saying I have heard at some point in my career. Sometimes is was from someone else, sometimes it was from my our mouth. If you've ever heard any of theses, please raise your hand.

"The fire had a head start." "We had to go get the… Continue

Maybe...just maybe I'm on to something here

Posted on November 12, 2008 at 9:30am 5 Comments

As I've been going around teaching and talking with various departments in the state. I am coming to the same thought....no matter if it's paid or volunteer, it's all the same stuff. I know what you're thinking and please close your mouth (your going to attract flies). Hear me out before you decide I'm just some ignorant firefighter.

As I go around and teach on various topics and I sit and talk with fire chiefs and firefighters I am beginning to hear the same stuff. Example: "We just can't… Continue

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At 7:58pm on August 23, 2009, Haylee said…
Just wanted to say I totally love you!!!!! :) talk to you soon hahaha:)
At 10:45am on December 20, 2008, Heather said…
Merry Christmas to u and yours. STAY SAFE and GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!
At 11:10pm on December 12, 2008, Edwin Mitchell said…
A shift, A shift, A shift! blah blah blah! we know B shift is where it is at! well.... ok they beat me lol! i,ll be back! wait untill i get this wrist fixed i will show ya! lol.
At 10:19am on December 8, 2008, Melinda Newlin said…
Hola Chris!!! Hope you are having a good day!!!
At 8:44pm on December 4, 2008, Scott Coggins said…
All Day Baby!!!!!
At 2:28pm on November 30, 2008, Heather said…
Like the pic. Guess we will see u the 9th and 10th.
At 2:46pm on February 12, 2008, Justin Payne said…
just wanted to say hello
At 3:49pm on December 30, 2007, Randy Macey said…
If your looking for some pictures for a course set up, e-mail me and will send you some pictures. I taught the course a couple of times and have pretty cool pictures.
Pretty cheap to set up and can be a lot of fun. We have used both a course as well as access to a house.

Mace
At 2:43am on December 22, 2007, JERMAINE said…
HEY THERE MY NAME IS JERMAINE WATSON I AM FROM WEST SIDE FIRE DEPT. IN ST.ALBANS,WV AND I AM INTERESTED IN TRADING PATCHES WITH YOU: MY ADDRESS IS

JERMAINE WATSON
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ST. ALBANS WV 25177

SEND YOUR ADDRESS TO ME SO I CAN MAIL OUT YOUR PATCH:
AGAIN THANX, MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS
At 8:57pm on December 20, 2007, Jeff Betz said…
Hey - welcome to the Nation. Good to have more experienced folks on-board.
 
 
 

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