Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
I previously volunteered with Boulder County Sheriff's Office on the fire crew and worked at Jeffco Airtanker Base loading airtankers with retardant.
Level 1 Avalanche Course, Level 2 Avalanche Course, S-130/190: Basic Firefighting and Wildfire Behavior, I-100: Introduction to ICS, L-180: Human Factors on the Fire Line, 270: Basic Air Operations & Flight Manager Training, RT-130: Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher, S-273: Single Engine Air Tanker Manager, IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS), S-271: Helicopter Crewmember, A-101: Aviation Safety (S-271), A-104: Overview of Aircraft Capabilities and Limitations (S-271), A-106: Aviation Mishap Reporting (Basic Safety Module), A-107: Aviation Policy and Regulations 1, A-108: Preflight Checklist Briefing and Debriefing (S-271), A-110: Aviation Transportation of Hazardous Materials (S-271), A-112: Mission Planning and Flight Request Process, A-113: Crash Survival (S-271), A-116: General Awareness Security Training, A-204: Aircraft Capabilities and Limitations, A-209: Helicopter Operations (S-271), A-210: Helicopter Field Exercise (S-271), A-219: Helicopter Transport of External Cargo (S-271), High Angle Rescue (Rock Rescue), EMT-B
What about me? I live in Colorado, which is where I've been since 1992. In the winter I work at Eldora Mountain Resort where I'm a tickets supervisor and a professional ski bum! I love to snowboard. I've been doing that for like 12 or so years. Recently I picked up Telemarking. Now that's a lot of fun. I can ski backwards on all blue terrain and one black run at eldora called corona! I make enough to somehow pay for my 2006 Volkswagen GLI, and maybe the rock climbing, and the rent. I love to go on long drives in the mountains especially Rocky Mountain National Park with the windows down and the sunroof open. Oh, and the summer skiing/riding at R.M.N.P. is awesome. Hiking is also a good time too, but mostly it's running to the bottom of a rock face and going from there. (I love to climb!) I also have this job in southern Colorado where I get paid to build ropes courses, play paintball, shoot skeet and targets with 12 and 20 gauge shotguns, 22 single shot rifles and an M-16! Then the occasional chase down and saddling of horses (hosses as mike says, he's from Maine). How could anyone not want that? I love cars too. My dad has a 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT, and a 1966 Chevrolet van! I've got the Volkswagen GLI. I've always wanted to drive the GTO. I also own a 1971 Volkswagen Bug.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I started in EMS about 5 years ago at a small ski resort. I have a friend who is a firefighter and a paramedic. He has influenced me to get a job in wildland fire and aviation. I just recently got my EMT cert.
I do a lot of rope rescue training. We always train on the basic stuff and advance evolutions all the time. I work in our special operations battalion. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Take care and be safe. Robert.