Don Zimmerman
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  • Kennewick, WA
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Daily Safety Messages

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Zimmerman Mar 13, 2010. 4 Replies

Every day for the past several years our department (the on duty BC) creates some sort of Safety topic to send out with the daily manpower.  Examples:  6 Minutes for Safety, Take 5 for Safety, or…Continue

Retirement: Where did the early age retirement firefighter come from?

Started this discussion. Last reply by BMiller6400 May 27, 2011. 24 Replies

I have been trying to find out where the early age retirement for firefighters came from, what was the bases for it, what created its evolution into todays early age retirement?  Was it medical…Continue


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Don Zimmerman replied to Don Zimmerman's discussion Joint Replacement for Firefighters
"Well, it's mid-August and it's about time to update. May 9th, 2022 I had right leg hip replacement. Could not be happier since surgery. Get a surgeon that does a lot of hip replacements, you don't want one that does 5 per year. You…"
Aug 11, 2022
Don Zimmerman replied to Don Zimmerman's discussion Joint Replacement for Firefighters
"WOW!!!! It's been a long time since I posted into Firefighter Nation!!! I think it's time for an update! Update: In about 2-3 weeks I will be getting a right hip replacement to go with the mentioned above right knee replacement, back when…"
Apr 19, 2022
Don Zimmerman replied to Don Zimmerman's discussion Joint Replacement for Firefighters
"Gads time flies, it has been over 12 years since I had the TKR. I am quite happy to report I NEVER had any issues regarding my surgery. I do anything I want except running. Biking is my big thing weather permitting and I do anywhere between 10 and…"
Aug 23, 2019

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Job Function
Battalion Chief / Division Chief
Years in Fire/EMS:
30 yr
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Hanford Fire
Years With Department/Agency
19 yrs w/ HFD & 11 yrs w/ HPD
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Retired from Hanford Fire, Department of Energy and from Benton Cnty FD #1
My Training:
Last couple of yrs I have been working during summer on wildland fire incidents as a SCKN & ERDC (in training). When with HFD had extensive training in RadCon, HazMat, wildland, structural, Medical, ICS, Overhead team, safety, etc.
About Me:
Family, kids are all grown up, turned out pretty good, wildland fire during summer and steelhead fishing in fall/winter
Day Job:
Doing whatever my wife says to do!!
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Lost a bet and 30 yrs later still doing it!!!!
Why I Love Fire/EMS
It is so nice to hear thanks now and then
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Safety, lots of firefighters say they are safe & then cheat death by forgetting to have the brain engaged in 1st gear.

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