Lt. Ballinger
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  • Loves Park, IL
  • United States
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What does everyone recommend?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chuck Beecher Feb 27, 2009. 11 Replies

Primary lead outs

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Feb 18, 2009. 13 Replies

 

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Lieutenant
Years in Fire/EMS:
17
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Loves Park Fire Dept.
Years With Department/Agency
17
Dept. Web Site:
http://www.lpfdweb.com/
My Training:
Multiple Illinois Fire Service Institute Classes; FFII certified; Driver/Engineer; NIMS; CEVO Defensive driving courses; LP Gas Emergencies; Emergency Response to Terrorism:Basic Concepts;
About Me:
I have been on Loves Park Fire Dept. for 17 years, 10 years as Lieutenant of the Truck Co 1854. VFW Firefighter of the Year 2002.

Married with one son.
Day Job:
Mechanical Assembler @ Woodward Governor Co.
Relationship Status:
Married
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
My friends dad was on the fire dept. as I grew up and I got to know some of the guys through my friends dad. When I was 14 I had a cousin who died in a house fire trying to get dressed. When I turned old enough to join I wanted to help make a diffence.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
It used to be the adreanaline rush when I was 19. Now at 36 it is the satisfaction of knowing I made a positive difference in someones day or life.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
The top issues I see as potentially the biggest problems are: 1. In our area the struggle to recruit and keep good volunteers that are willing to put forth the commitment needed. 2. Is funding to properly train responders to the various aspects of the job. The job is changing so much so fast with hybrid cars and stability of new structures being built because of cheaper ways to build and etc.

Links to fire dept. websites in my area.

http://www.lpfdweb.com/
http://onlyredtrucks.com/
Link to my wife's donation page. She is doing the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics March 7,2009. http://www.firstgiving.com/lisaballinger1

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At 10:25am on February 20, 2009, Ed said…
Hey Lt. I'm the one who posted the message about our aging firefighter. You made the comment that your department has guidelines in place to deal with this issue.. Would it be possible for you to email a copy of them to me? Maybe this would help my department in drafting something like that. If you can, my email address is eward@crawfordsville-in.gov . Thanks again for your info.
At 9:00pm on February 8, 2009, John Bierling said…
Hi Lt., I’m a retired Fire Chief and understand the importance of health & fitness for our responders. I joined FF Nation to share my incredible wellness story with everyone. Fitness is only a part of the equation; internal wellness is the real essential for healthy responders. Many of us need to get healthier. If you’re interested in more information about this life changing program please send me an email at: John@IncidentMT.com
Thanks, John
At 8:18pm on February 8, 2009, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Lt. Ballinger, welcome to the Nation. I am glad you stopped in to join the group. Your input and contribution here is important to us all. Dont be shy just jump in and get your feet wet. Lots to see, do and be involved with here. You will get out of this what you put into it. So have fun and get involved.

Chief William Sharp
Southern Oregon Coast
 
 
 

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