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  • Great Falls MT
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Cold Weather Operation of Fire Apparatus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shane McDonough Jan 25, 2011. 17 Replies


Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Stoltz Mar 22, 2008. 2 Replies

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Black Eagle Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
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My Training:
High Angle Rescue, Low Angle Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, EMT-B, CPR, Hazmat Awareness, Emergency Vehicle Technician, 1st Level Supervisor, Fleet Maintenance and Management, Personnel and Resource Management
About Me:
I spent 13 years as a fire apparatus mechanic for the Air Force. When I was promoted to TSgt I became a supervisor and could not play with fire trucks anymore. When I got to Montana I joined a volunteer fire department. I would love to be a career fire fighter when I retire shortly but with age limitations I am not sure that is possible.
Day Job:
Vehicle Fleet and Repair Manager
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Help people
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Helping people
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Keeping fire fighters from killing themselves from accidents and heart attacks

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In Iraq

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 12:45am 5 Comments

I made it to Iraq on 7 July. It is hot here as you would expect. Days are long but not monotonous. I have some of the best people I have met in my years in the Air Force here with me. We have an amazingly strong joint relationship amongst the US Forces. That is really new to me also.

There have been a couple attacks but the insurgents can't aim. God really shields this place well. The daily temperatures are around 120 degrees. There are some things here I can't really speak of but I… Continue

Off To iraq...

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 10:52pm 5 Comments

As usual the plane got delayed. So I am sitting in Norfolk Va waiting. I hate waiting. You would think after 19 -1/2 years in the military I would be used to it. NO!

Soooo.... what will I be doing over in Iraq? Fleet repair and management. Much of the reason I am a fire fighter is because of my vehicle back ground. I started out as a fire truck mechanic. More like a big kid with big toys. I LOVE fire trucks. When I promoted myself out of playing with fire trucks all day (thank you… Continue

Off To Iraq

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 12:53am 7 Comments

Made it to Norfolk Va. today. I had the most horrible flying experience EVER!

Incredible Marine

Posted on April 21, 2008 at 10:34pm 0 Comments

Take this in the light it is meant. This marine is both brave and funny.

Bring the fight to your enemy or they most certainly will bring it to you.


Going to Iraq

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 9:06pm 12 Comments

Found out today I am going to Iraq.

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At 2:27pm on May 15, 2009, Mary Ellen Shea said…
I don't know what to say, except for a heartfelt thank you ....and your name will be front and center on my jersey, along w/ my honored patient, Brianna's.
At 9:17am on May 12, 2009, Mary Ellen Shea said…
Hi Mike,
I posted the link on my blog post that you commented on---and your name goes on my race shirt regardless. If I was going to do this again next year (which my ortho surgeon is NOT recommending) I'd put it on there too.
I haven't been much inspired to write lately...this is busy season for me at work...but I promise to get back to it in another week or so.
Some day I hope you and I actually get to meet--thanks!!!
At 11:50pm on April 1, 2009, Mary Ellen Shea said…
Hi Mike,
I know....I know....I'm working on it...I'm hoping I'll find the time to get it up tomorrow....If I could have just three or four more hours in a day, I'd be all set!!!
At 11:02pm on March 1, 2009, Mary Ellen Shea said…
Glad you're home. You should come to Lake Placid for the run
At 10:35pm on March 1, 2009, Mary Ellen Shea said…
For you? Anything.

Glad I could entertain. Hope you're doing well. Are you still in Iraq?
At 1:13am on February 7, 2009, Patience Ryan said…
my family is a bit nuts too. but what can you do besides love them? can't fix them :) not that I'd want to even if I could, most of the time anyway. there are a few quarks that drive me nuts but it keeps life....interesting. are you all getting snow out of that system that hit us last night?
At 8:50pm on February 3, 2009, Patience Ryan said…
good to hear you're enjoying the weather. your opinion does mean something, thank you. I don't often get complements. how was your family time?
At 3:20am on January 30, 2009, Patience Ryan said…
hey Mike, how's the weather in Montana this week? did you find my pictures alright?
At 12:36am on January 28, 2009, Mary Ellen Shea said…
Hey gorgeous (two can play that game) --thanks for popping in and for having my back.
At 10:08pm on January 19, 2009, Patience Ryan said…
Old man winter was here while you were on the other side of the world. :) He might show back up again, so I wouldn't return the new coat just yet. Though i have been enjoying the break from the falling snow. 80+ inches in 3 weeks is just a bit much all at once. how's Montana? eastern Washington is currently under a stagnant air warning. I suppose I should be glad it's a change from winter weather warnings.

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