Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Bergen County Fire Buffs Association (Dispatcher 5422), Ialerts1 (Dispatch Administrator IA03)
(FIRE DEPT) - NJ State FF 1, IMS 100, IMS-700, HAZMAT Level 1 (Awareness), HAZMAT Level 2 (Operations), WMD Level 1 (Awareness), Fire Vehicle Extrication, Flashover, EMT - CPR/AED. (CERT) - Disaster Medical Operations, Triage Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Fire Supression, Disaster Psychology
I'm 26 years old, a state certified firefighter (temporarily resigned due to medical issues), an active member of the County of Bergen Office of Emergency Management (CERT Team) and a member of the Bergen Community College Dept of Public Safety (CERT Team). I'm also a dispatcher with a small firefighter buff group called Bergen County Fire Buffs Association, based out of Northern New Jersey, and also a dispatcher with Ialerts1 Incident Notification Network.
United Parcel Service, Safety Coordinator, Primary Unloader
I'm a 3rd generation firefighter. I've had the heart of a firefighter since i was 3 years old when my grandfather (life member), and my father (medically retired) told me stories of their times on the dept.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Helping someone in their time of need is the best feeling in the world, and I don't expect anything back for doing it.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
There's a lot of things facing responders today, the threat of terrist attacks, weapons of mass destruction, and now a bigger threat of natural disasters are just a few out of god knows how many we must face.
Kevin, hows it goin bud? Sorry I havnt gotten back to you, been away from the computer for a while. You know how it is LOL. Anyway, The 100' stick can be a bit intimidating at first, cant it? Best advice I have for you is just to keep climbing it man. Climb it as every chance you get. Learn every detail you can about the truck. Learn all the specs about what that ladder can really do. When you realize how many amazing things they can do, you will prolly have more confidence in it. As far as your footing goes, Just make sure you always have 3 limbs on the ladder. That way, even if you lose your footing, you will be alright for a lil bit. If you are working off that ladder for anyreason for an extended period of time, Lock your leg in on the rung. That will give you a sure footing no matter what. If you havnt done so already, Try this on a regular ground ladder, Climb up bout half way, lock your leg in, let go and lean back as far as you can. It gives you alot of confidence when you realize you wont go anywhere. Stay safe Brother