Kimberly A Bownas
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The only stupid question is a question that is never asked. So if you have a question, ask it. It is a good way to learn.

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
17 years in Fire, 6 years in EMS
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Millbrook Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
23 years counting my Auxiliary time..
Dept. Web Site:
My Training:
Firefighting Essentials
Initial Fire Attack
Pump Operator
Incident Command System
Decontamination Training
Defense Against Weapons of Mass Destruction - Awareness
Rescue Technician Basic
Rope Rescue Operations Level
Medium Structural Collapse: Tools
Rural Firefighting Operations
Vehicle Rescue "New Technology"
EMS Leadership Academy
Preserving the Crime Scene
4 years of New York State Women Firefighters Weekend
MAYDAY! MAYDAY! Firefighter Down Seminar
"Get Out Alive/F.A.S.T. Team OPS" Seminar
ICS 100 and 200
Firefighter Survival
School Bus Rescue and Practical Skills
Alternative Fueled Vehicles and New Technology
Courage to be Safe
About Me:
I have 3 kids, ages 21, 7, and 5. I am a stay-home mom. In my fire department I am head of our Fire Prevention Team. I love going to the schools and preschools and teaching the kids how to be safe. I have been Secretary and Vice Pres. in my department.
Day Job:
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I joined to help my community; my mom, dad and stepmom were all on the Rescue Squad when I was growing up.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
It gives me a great feeling being able to help the people in my town

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Training Weekend for Female Firefighters

Posted on September 28, 2009 at 8:13am 10 Comments

As a firefighter it is imperative that we train. However, state classes seldom fit into my schedule, and in my county, opportunities to take the classes I'm interested in are few and far between. Fortunately, I have been able to attend many classes I otherwise might have missed in recent years, by going to the annual Women Firefighters' weekend at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls. This weekend was started by the Fire Service Women of New York State. This is a great organization… Continue

A Basic Drill but a Good Drill

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 9:13pm 25 Comments

We have had very few drills this past year and what drills we have had have been the same thing time and time again. Last night we had a drill and it was to be an SCBA recertification drill. When everyone assembled at the firehouse in the upper bay we were informed that the drill was going to be a little different. Everyone was wondering what the drill was going to entail. The Lt. running the drill stated that it wasn’t going to be an SCBA recertification as everyone expected. We went over the… Continue

Fire Department Physicals and what age should you change from interior to exterior

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 8:12am 19 Comments

I have to ask this question and this is why. Last night we had our yearly department physicals. We ran the gambit of fit testing, the breathing test, eye exam, hearing test, EKG and physical exam.

Everything went as normal for me, I filled out the normal papers and then I started going through the stations. Vision which was pretty normal, oh yes they asked for a urine sample. Nothing serious they just check and make sure there are no abnormalities in it. Did my hearing test, it was… Continue

Back In the Saddle

Posted on November 30, 2008 at 5:59pm 7 Comments

I’m back to work after being a stay-home mom for a while to take care of the two youngest in our house. This year the youngest started school, and I started working for a paid EMS service two days a week. I work two 12 hour shifts – that’s really all I need. My agency responds to emergencies, as well as doing inter-facility transports. I worked yesterday and we did a couple of emergencies and then a bunch of transports, some to nursing homes and some to residences. I prefer the latter - the… Continue

Down time games

Posted on October 6, 2008 at 12:28pm 7 Comments

When I first joined my department I found that the older members after a meeting, drill, work detail or even on a Sunday morning or at quick call on a Monday night would play a card game called Euchre. Now let me tell you, I love card games and I am always willing to learn how to play a new game.

In my department I was lucky cause I knew all the guys that played so, they decided in their great wisdom to teach me this game. It is not an easy game to learn and I will tell you don't try… Continue

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At 7:09pm on March 16, 2009, Jessica Travis said…
thank you
At 10:14pm on March 15, 2009, Jessica Travis said…
well it really meant a lot to me for them to come back and check on me.. The last time i rode in an ambulance was after a snow tube crash back in january (first concussion) and the emt barely even talked to me, it was like i got you here your not my problem now. If i ever become an emt like i want to i will not do that to a patient
At 7:56pm on February 24, 2009, Amber said…
I seem to be having a problem with my computer and I can't respond to your message. I will try to get back to you tomorrow.
At 7:42pm on February 13, 2009, Ben Waller said…
It's not often the WN will us get away with a FOGIEfest like that one...but we had plenty of help. It enjoyed it, especially the classic threadjack that Kali and I pulled. Any time we get the Overhaul Thong and Tincture of Drywall worked into the same thread, you know someone's having fun.
At 8:05pm on February 4, 2009, Amber said…
Oh I don't believe that at all. They are little girls, sugar and spice and everything nice. Just like their Mom, right? :-)
At 9:05am on February 4, 2009, Amber said…
Good Morning Kim, I finally got the time to look through all your photos and just had to tell you that your girls are just adorable!
At 9:27pm on January 31, 2009, LadyChaplain said…
I'm thinking you need to post some pics from the academy
At 9:56pm on January 28, 2009, Amber said…
I've been a Steelers fan for a long time, so for me it's easy. Besides, I just like to tease WestPhilly, it's so easy and fun, LOL. You stay safe too.
At 8:29pm on January 28, 2009, Amber said…
Oh yeah, men age like leather, tough, worn and nobody wants an old leather coat. Women age like fine wine, they just get better with time :-)

Hi Kim, you go girl! And you're welcome.
At 4:51pm on January 27, 2009, Dave, NB 9 said…
Kim, Hey girl..... I'm still alive and everyone is doing well... More later... :)

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