State Of Illinois Firefighter III
Fire Officer I
Certified Fire Investigator
Fire Apparatus Engineer
Hazardous Material Technician
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist
Lieutenant - Paramedic
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I started as a 15 year-old cadet. My dad was a former Asst. Chief and a paramedic. Huge influence on me.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I have been doing it since freshman year of high school. Still a great job....Just not as much fun anymore.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Manning.Politicians who talk out of both sides of their mouths. The myth that the number of fires is decreasing across the nation.
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Hello and thank you for taking the time to look at this. My name is Allan Thompson I am a Fire Chief in central Texas near Ft. Hood. We are a volunteer fire dept. and just like any other VFD you need funds to help out well I would like to share with you what we are doing along with our members so yes this helps our members and helps our dept. Take a look at the video and keep an open mind then contact me back and I will walk you thru everything. Here is the video http://media.igniteinc.com/opp_vid_new/index.asp we will be going into other states soon we are in 6 states right now. Thank You for your time Chief Thompson
Hey Mike! Had a great time in Chicago. Your suggestions were great! I did go to Engine 98's house and one over on Wells Street (*I think that was the street) I didn't make it to Chinatown but did make it to Millennium Park, Lincoln Park, the Water Tower and Grant Park. Plus I walked all over downtown. It looks as though I will be going back again next year. Thanks again Mike.
Rachel, Engine 98 is at 202 E. Chicago Ave. Right off of Michigan Avenue near the Hancock building. It is a beautiful old firehouse. Engine 13 is at 259 N. Columbus. The Dive Unit is also there. The places I could send you are in shitty neighborhoods so that probably wouldnt work. If you take the Red Line El south to Cermak you can visit Chinatown. Engine 8 is there and they have cool shirts. If you take the Red Line north to Addison you can check out Wrigleyville/Boystown. Lots to see and do in Chicago. You need to check out Millenium Park. Have fun!
Yup, downtown. Yeah I don't want to spend too much time at fire houses ether. But I do want to hit one. I'm without a car. Thought about renting one and in fact I reserved one, but then I canceled it when I saw that no matter where I went in the city I would be paying for parking. TOO EXPENSIVE and I wouldn't get reimbursed from my job. So what do you suggest for me to see/do? I have no issues walking, the el, bus, but want to limit cabs if I can. Thank you soooo much for any info and help.
Hey Mike. Checked out my page huh? ;) That's cool.
Just wanted to say hi. I have spoken with Keith about me coming to Chicago next week on business. I wanted to see some of your houses. (well at least one) Keith said the North side? And to introduce myself right away.
Any particular house better than another?
Anyway be safe out there!