Joe VanDerwerker
  • 77, Male
  • Schenectady, NY
  • United States
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Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Fire Chief / Chief of Department, Driver / Engineer, Retired
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Rotterdam Fire District #3 Carman Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
Web Site:
My Training:
Many NY State courses, Officer on up to Chief, Apparatus Spec committee, Training Officer, Various seminars and conventions throughout my career
About Me:
Worked in various union jobs with heavy equipment maintenace. Started a career with the NYState Thruway authority in equipment maintenace in 1979 and retired in 2007 from the NYState Police Division of vehicle prep for the Thruway.
Day Job:
Retired/ Drive Fire Apparatus for the Carman Volunteer Fire Department
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
High School friend asked me
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I've always done it and it is a brotherhood, there is a personal reward in helping others in their time of need
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Finances for operations/ and Government intervention in the Fire/EMS system

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At 3:09pm on May 12, 2009, John Janke said…
Enough with the old guy stuff. You better hang around for a long time , I`m not finished learning from you yet! Your hands down one of the best in the department and I`d tell that to anyone.
At 12:17am on March 8, 2009, Duane VanDerwerker said…
Thats the great part, when I cant be seen but Im up there anyways. The 'old guy' that you refer to is the person that always watches my back on any fire ground.

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