Fire Chief / Chief of Department, Training Officer, Firefighter, First Responder, Fire Buff / Fire Enthusiast
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Concordia Fire Protection District # 2
Years With Department/Agency
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
I was assistant Chief with the Ridgecrest Volunteer Fire Department when I was hired here in 1991.
I am 53 years old and have worked as a paid chief for the last 17 years. I am married for my second time to a wonderful woman who is also a member of our department. Her 18 year old son is a member now and I hope he stays involved and can make a career out of it. I have a 2008 Goldwing and love to ride everywhere. Have just completed a new shop behind home and love doing woodworking as a hobby. I also love to travel and see our great country.
This is my day job and wouldn't have it any other way!
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
We had 3 houses burn when I was growing up and I wanted to try and help people who had a home burn. In 1991 I was hired as Chief of a new fire district and have really built this one from scratch with the help of a lot of dedicated volunteers.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I love people and it makes me feel good to know I can make a difference.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Staying up to date with all the new information coming out and having enough time to volunteer. Dealing with the public and trying to meet their expectations is also a pain.
Haven't had much of a chance to visit the Nation lately, but enjoy it when I do. So much knowledge and fellowship being shared. Hope Wayne is keeping everyone happy with training in your house.
See your still tinkering around with things with engines. Hope to have my old Triumph back together before the New Year. (My oldest decided it needed a paint job and stripped it to the metal.) He may regret it, as I decided it's going to be Purple and Gold this time.
Stay safe, and catch you later. Jim
Hello Chief, Welcome to The Nation. Thank you for all you do, I'm a retired Fire Chief and I understand your challenges. Please have a look at my profile, I'd like to correspond with you off site. When you have a moment please send me an email. Thanks, John
Welcome to the family where the language and reasoning important the Border is not in our work is to save lives regardless of color, religion or social position, much less. The important thing in our work does not need language to communicate, or borders to help.
Greetings from Mexico.
you’re new friend Filiberto.
Chief, welcome to the Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy just jump in anywhere and get your feet wet. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around. Now thats a Gator!