John Schander
  • 59, Male
  • Windsor, South Carolina
  • United States
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain 70 May 1, 2009. 13 Replies

Most embarassing moment in the fire service.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sarah Tinsley MacKenzie May 23, 2009. 28 Replies

Darwin award winner to date.............

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Schander Apr 2, 2009. 20 Replies


Murphy's Second Law: He was an OPTOMIST!

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Windsor Fire Rescue
Years With Department/Agency
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
City of Beaufort Fire Dept
My Training:
IFSAC FF II, SC Fire Academy Instructor ( IFSAC ) First Responder, Engineer, Fire ( arson ) Investigator,Dept. Training Officer,Incident Safety Officer, EVDT (Emergency Veh. Driver Training ), Basic Auto Extrication Instructor, Basic Fire Fighter Instructor, FF I Instructor.
About Me:
retired from law enforcement, married w/ 2 sons.
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
To do something to help my community.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
The sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Budget constraints, time to train, and FF retention.

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John Schander's Blog

Passing on our experience.

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 3:30pm 6 Comments

Some of you may remember my blog about not knowing when I became the one that the new kids looked to for answers to their questions about fire fighting, but that over the years I had gone from being the one asking all the questions to the one being asked. It was recently brought home to me that I am the one with the experience, when in a class we were asked to give our names and how long ago we started in the fire service. When it was my turn I gave my name and when I said I started in 1982,… Continue

Fire vs Police

Posted on May 30, 2009 at 7:49pm 5 Comments

With the recent events with the state troopers and emts, it got me to thinking about how often we in the fire service make jokes at the expense of law enforcement. How many of have heard of using the" cop o' meter"to check for haz-mat, or one of the many jokes about fire fighters being better than police officers? I have been on both sides of the issue, I am a retired law enforcement officer, and I can see both sides. We need to stop setting ourselves apart and start trying to remove the walls… Continue

When did it happen.........

Posted on May 10, 2009 at 5:00pm 3 Comments

I turned 45 this year and I got to wondering, when did I go from being the young eager kid who wanted to know everything I could about fire and rescue work, to the one that the young kids look to for answers to their questions. I don't really recall a point where I knew that I was no longer the young wide eyed kid, it just happened gradualy. I started learning more and eventualy there was someone asking me the same questions that I had asked. I went through FFI and FFII, the haz-mat, and… Continue

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At 9:40am on January 16, 2012, Glyne Alleyne said…

At 10:40pm on August 20, 2009, Gregory R Bailey said…
Hi John or as we all know and love as "Big John" It is an honor being one of your surrouding FD all 20 of us together. Keep up the good work. Greg
At 11:19am on March 22, 2009, anne potter said…
Thanks for the invite ..... Anytime you just want to shoot the bull let me know...
At 5:58pm on March 20, 2009, Glyne Alleyne said…
Hi John, warmest greetings from the island of Barbados. Lookin forward to corresponding with you here on FFN.
At 9:15pm on March 7, 2009, Tony P said…
Thanks for the invite mate
At 2:01pm on February 7, 2009, Filiberto Rodriguez said…

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.


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