Michael A
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  • Alpena, MI
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BDLS class

Started May 21, 2011 0 Replies

BDLS (Basic Disaster Life Support) just went through that class yesterday in Cadillac Michigan. It was a pretty good class for a lecture based class. I am looking forward to the ADLS class which is…Continue

Back to Work!

Started May 4, 2011 0 Replies

I had a mini vacation 5 days off!! I didn't shave once (won't tell you how many times I showered..lol). Had a nice beard started but it wasn't meant to be. I hate shaving. We are allowed facial hair…Continue

Need a bit of help with POV lights

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fireman Larry May 4, 2011. 1 Reply

No this isnt a discussion on which is better or what do you have.I added a Whelen UPS 690 hide away strobe power supply to my vehicle. It keeps popping the switch fuse. It requires a 15amp fuse and…Continue

Stand By. (Law Enforcement Incidents)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Norm Tindell Apr 26, 2011. 4 Replies

Just wondering if your departments do stand by for law enforcement. My department has been staged at the IC post for a barricaded gunman for last 6 hours. 1 engine 1 ambulance 5 members just sitting…Continue


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Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Maple Ridge
Years With Department/Agency
Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
I started as a volunteer for Virgina Beach EMS station 4, Chesapeake Beach
My Training:
EMT-Basic, Firefighter 1&2, Hazmat Specialist, and a few other things...but pretty much standard training to work in Fire/EMS.
About Me:
I've been involved in the fire/EMS service most of my life. I learned fire fighting in the Navy, not that it really helps in the civilian fire fighting. I've been working for the county 911 system as a dispatcher for last 8 years. Still do a paid on call firefighter/EMT for my local department. I work part time as EMT-Basic for the ambulance service doing mainly transfers to other hospitals. I love working in the field but I am also experienced enough to not get over excited about calls. I tend to remain calm in 99% of the calls I have learned over the years the best place to work on a fire call is running the engine, that is where you find me if I have anything to say about it.
Day Job:
911 Dispatcher
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I shall give the normal answer. To help people. Honestly it was to tick off my family seeing as I come from a family of law enforcement...lol
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I suppose after all these years, it really comes down to being there for my comunity.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Funding, Funding, Funding. I know as budgets get tighter and tighter that keeping up to date on the new procedures and equipment it becomes almost necessary to pay out of your own pocket.

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At 3:15am on July 12, 2011, Andrew said…
Good day! I am a collector from Ukraine. I suggest you to exchange patches. Andrew. tkachenko_van@optima.com.uа
At 7:26am on April 11, 2011, Roger Waters said…
Welcome to Firefighter Nation Michael
At 11:32pm on April 10, 2011, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Michael,Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.

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