Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Boyne city ambulance 6 years currently active in Charlevoix co and Birchwood Safety and EMS in Emmet Co. previously 1 of the original 8 people hired with life link ambulance inc.in Petoskey,Mi the first 6 years in emmet co,now known as allied ems.also active with the Melrose Twp. Fire Dept in Walloon Lake,Mi.for 32 years as a senior Captain,fire fighter, emt-specilist first responder. and the Resort Bear Creek Fire Dept in Petoskey,Mi for 6 years as a firefighter and emt first responder.
In 1976 at age 13 I became a fire explorer and as a boy scout became a arc advanced first aid card holder ,in 1976 I helped with the start up of our first responder , a new customized 1974 ford van I also drove our first fire truck a 1947 willies Barton fire jeep to sell tickets for the sake of raffling the jeep In 1979 I sold the most tickets, boy do i now miss it, In April ,1981 at age 18 I was voted into my first fire and rescue dept the Melrose twp fire and rescue dept. I also helped get a set of Hurst jaws for our dept one of the first in two countys. I got fire fighter I in 1981 and ff ll in 1983,emt in 1986,emt-specilist in 1991,Michigan fire instructor, advanced padi scuba diver,advanced extrication,acls,cdl-A drivers lic with cycle,Michigan fire officer lll, hazmat operations,fema ics 100,200,300,400,700,800. acls and lots more of fire and ems.
hunt,fish,scuba dive,fix and restore old cars and antique tractors, take care of my two kids, ride bikes both motor cycle and bicycle,down hill ski.teaching fire classes. take old cars and tractors to shows and parades.I manage 3 rental homes in Boyne City,Mi.
Boyne City ambulance Birchwood farms security and ems,RBCFDand MTFD
childhood dream,early interest because elementary school windows were facing fire hall with glass windows in bay of the dept,family,friends, location of local station, three blocks down the street from my house where I grew up. desire to help my community and friends.It's genetic, my father and grand father were both volunteer fire fighters with the Melrose twp fire dept.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
the rush of being able to help others when needed.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
getting new younger recruits, trying to keep up on all of the new required training.new laws and increasing liabilties of the job.
Hey man.Good to hear from ya.Haven't had a chance for recreation,working overtime and extra at the part time job.Trying to get a little extra cash to Charleston next month and Firehouse Expo in July.We've had a few workers lately.Some got me out of bed,but what the hell.Our ladder was shot twice last week while in the bay.They have a suspect.New engine will be here in a couple of weeks.The skiing sounds fun.Wish my son was 14 again.He's preparing to test for Charlotte FD.I'll be proud.His department only has 6 stations.Take care ,stay safe,Ricky