Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
I just finished 10 years as IAFF Local 29 President, 27 years serving on the Executive Board, F.O.O.L.S. 1975, 18 month with Boise City Fire Department, Idaho. 1976/78 Richland, Washington FD and Spokane International Airport Fire ( IAFF Local 1789 President while there).
Engine work 23 years
Truck work 12 years
Squad work 3 years (on our dept. a squad was, all cut by budget cuts, a medic/non-transport unit) I was the officer not the medic, we did search and truck work at fires.
Tech rescue certified, 1998
Family, fire, motorcycles and travel.
My brother is a 27 year firefighter on Austin, Texas Engine 10. My son-in-law is an 11 year FF with Spokane County Engine 99. My cousin is a Battalion Chief on my Department. My sons best friend is on probation on our job.
I am also free from religion.
I am a Democrat/Socilaist, and proud of it.
No not yet, unfortunately there are no departments around here hiring yet. But i do start college Monday to get my associates in Fire Science. A few departments are fixing to accept applications, and I am going to be there to get one. I cant wait to get my career rolling!
Greg, no, Aumsville is about 6 houre north east of us next to Salem. Actually just down the road from our State Fire Academy. I am not familiar with the firefighters in that area Sorry Ladd. We are at the far end of the Oregon coast next the Cal/Or border.
No wonder I liked your responses... Not having looked at your website prior, you've been around the block once or twice. Anyone who is an IAFF brother and has gray hair is cool with me. Stay safe Greg.
Mike Schlags, Fire Captain/Paramedic (Retd.)
Santa Barbara, CA
Sorry so late with this response, I don't remember seeing it. The title is basically an old saying that an old Bat. Chief used to say. Meaning that we are our own worst enemies in most cases. In the firehouse, on the fireground and so on. That is the basis of the blog and the class that I present by the same title.
Take care and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.