Joe Totero
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  • East Stroudsburg, PA
  • United States
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Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Acme Hose Co. No. 1, ESFD, East Stroudsburg, PA
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Woodbridge Emergency Squad, Perth Amboy First Aid Squad, Perth Amboy Volunteer Fire Department
My Training:
IFSAC/PROBOARD Firefighter I & II, IFSAC/PROBOARD Fire Instructor I & II, PA State Vehicle Rescue Technician, PA State EMT-B, Haz Mat Technician, Incident Safety Officer, NIMS (multiple levels), Foam Firefighting Technician, Basic High Angle Rescue I & II, Confined Space Rescue
About Me:
I've been involved with the Emergency Services for about 18 years now between NJ & PA, just completed Firefighter II certification. I actually should be dead for the actions I have taken in a fire. They were not the smartest thing I did. Now, I still fight aggressively, but with more knowledge of my surroundings & the telltale signs of problems. I will never put or ask anyone to go into a situation that I wouldn't do.
Day Job:
Medical Claims Processor
Relationship Status:
Facebook or Other Online Profile: Totero
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
When I was about 2 years old, I had to have my eyes operated on to strengthen the muscles. When I returned home from the hospital, my cousin who was a career firefighter with PAFD drove the brand new Snorkel 1 to my house for me to see. That put the spark in me. When my father was diagnosed with cancer 20 years ago, I wanted to do all I could for him. I first joined a rescue squad, then a second one & eventually joined the fire department. Since then, I have dedicated my life to saving others.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
being in the right place at the right time to help someone who needs it.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
recruiting & retaining serious volunteers. I also believe that alcohol does not have a place in the station nor on scene. We all like to party & have a good time, but why put yourself or someone else in harm's way while under the influence. let's use some common sense out there!

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Two dwelling fires same day

Posted on December 21, 2007 at 8:07pm 0 Comments

Yesterday was one of our busiest yet. We started the day with a relatively small fire at around 6 AM. It was accidental in nature & destroyed two rooms on the third floor of a house. That was under control within 15 minutes. Then at around 3:45 PM, we had another dwelling fire. This one was in Stroudsburg, the town we run dual response with. This time it was a row home that originally came in as room & contents. It quickly grew to include two of the row homes & threatened three… Continue

Double Fatal Fire - 11/8/07

Posted on November 10, 2007 at 3:54pm 2 Comments

We had a double fatal fire Thursday morning. An ESU college junior & a civilian died in a fire that was started by an 8 year old boy playing with a lighter. Two buildings were also destroyed. I will post videos, pictures & some articles in the near future.

Newspaper Interview

Posted on October 2, 2007 at 10:48am 1 Comment

I was interviewed by the local newspaper for a series they are doing on local firefighters. There was a photo that went with this, but I can't put it here. I posted it in my photos.

Joe Totero: From EMT to…


9/11/01 ... 6 Years Later

Posted on September 11, 2007 at 11:02am 3 Comments

9/11/01 ... The day dawned sunny & warm. To me, the day seemed normal. I happened to be off of work & planned to go watch our tower ladder get tested with the rest of the ground ladders. I didn't have the Tv or radio on. I went to the local WAWA store for my coffee & newspaper. As i walked in, a guy I knew came out all excited. He said a plane just crashed into the Twin Towers. Being close to New York, I figured that we might be needed to either respond or to cover a department.…


Structure Fire 9/2/07 @ 3:45 AM

Posted on September 2, 2007 at 10:12am 1 Comment

We had a fully involved two car detached garage this morning. Upon arrival, flames were blowing from both garage doors. We tagged the nearest hydrant as the chief called for an engine from the next town over since our second engine was in the shop for repairs. I grabbed the nozzle as the captain & another firefighter helped stretch the line. As I walked across the front, I noticed only one vehicle in the garage & a second detached garage on the B side. Once I got water, we attacked the… Continue

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At 9:29am on July 6, 2011, Andrew said…
Good day! I am a collector from Ukraine. I suggest you to exchange patches.
At 7:44pm on March 18, 2009, Gabe Alvarez said…
Hey bro , interested in trading patches? I work for Daisy Mountain Fire Department, just outside of Phoenix ,Az. please let me know if your interested
At 11:05am on January 19, 2009, Peter Lupkowski said…
Much talk in your dept about applying for the $100 off your PA income tax?
At 2:06pm on December 13, 2008, Philipp Huss said…
hey joe... how are you???

many greetings from germany
At 11:05am on September 18, 2008, Chief25sr said…
Hey Joe how ya been?
At 2:00pm on July 2, 2008, susan said…
At 2:13pm on May 22, 2008, Philipp Huss said…
hello joe,

how are you? i hope all is well in stroudsburg.

take care and stay safe!!!

your german friend
At 8:37am on May 5, 2008, MotleyMel said…
Fire Lion

Hey Joe! Be Careful out there!!
At 9:15pm on April 6, 2008, Hyre313 said…
so what's new with joe totero?
At 9:56am on March 13, 2008, susan said…

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