Michelle Payne
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  • Vaughn, MT
  • United States
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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Simms Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Vaughn Fire Department, Black Eagle Fire Department, Ulm Fire Department
My Training:
Fire/Rescue, Hazmat, Wildland, Vehicle Extrication
About Me:
I enjoy my job as a fire fighter, I started fire fighting when I was 16 yr as a junior fire fighter, side by side with my Father (Asst Chief). My first love in life, my husband fights fire side by side with me. My passion in this field of work makes me strive each day to learn and grow to be all that I can for my family and my community.
Day Job:
Weather Forecasting Technician
Relationship Status:
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I started out as a junior fire fighter at the age of 16 with Ulm Fire Department, together with a childhood friend. His dad was the Chief of the department and my dad was the Asst Chief at the time. We worked together on the department, I enjoyed the time spent with my dad and the other department members. My friend went on to be a fire fighter with the Air National Guard, and passed away in 1993 from a MVA. I continued on my passion for fire fighting after I met my husband and returned back to Montana with Black Eagle Fire Department. I have always enjoyed the feeling I get when I am able to be there when someone is in need of assistance. I love the volunteer time, it is what drives me to be better each and every day as a fire figher. I spend my summers out with our crew (my husband is the crew boss) in wild land fires.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I love giving back to the community, and helping out those in need; even when it is a parade or a local benefit. Mostly, I love the job!
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Time; it is the hardest to recover (it can never be.) Resources, personnel and equipment. Nothing will ever go as planed in a fire; but with our department, we do what we can with what we have. It is the hardest thing to fight with a volunteer department.

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At 6:15pm on March 4, 2011, Dave Galka said…
Welcome to the nation Michelle, stay safe
At 2:14am on March 4, 2011, Christopher Osborne said…
Hi Michelle welcome to firefighter nation...hope you stay safe out there
At 1:45am on March 3, 2011, Jeff Mayernik said…
Thanks for the welcome,Michelle. So far I'm finding this to be a pretty interesting place......
At 10:46pm on March 2, 2011, Mark Fuqua said…
Hey Michelle, Thanks for have me as a friend. Hope you have a good week and weekend to.STAY SAFE AND KEEP IN TOUCH.
At 8:18pm on March 2, 2011, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Michelle, 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.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon
At 4:04pm on March 2, 2011, Sarah said…
Welcome to FFN!
Stay safe out there!
At 2:34pm on March 2, 2011, Rachel said…
Nice to meet you!!!

Welcome to FFN!!

Could we be friends?(I can't add you as a friend-I have too many outstanding requests!)
At 11:36am on March 2, 2011, Roger Waters said…
Welcome to Firefighter Nation Michelle
At 11:09am on March 2, 2011, Brody Zimmerman said…
Welcome to the Nation!!

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