Well, I started out as a Machinist at Goodyear T&R in 1971
Joined the OHANG (National Guard)in 1976 Helicopter mechanic.
Joined Akron Fire Department in 1978.
Went to Army Flight School (Helicopter)1980 at Ft Rucker Alabama.
Haz Mat- scuba rescue and high rope rescue 1981 w/ AFD
Paramedic (St Thomas Hospital) 1990
Adult Educator Fire Instructor. 1992 Various trips to Emmitsburg.
Promoted to Lt. in 1997- Eng 10 and dive team.
Fell through floor in house fire Nov 2003. retired 2004.
Still fighting with Ohio Workers Comp. 2009
Happy on farm with wife, since 2007, in Kimbolton Ohio.
Well I was working 6 day weeks in a factory with junk machinery and annoying bosses who thought I should thank them for my lively hood. Firefighters had two day weeks, and people seemed to like them. Everybody I knew thought I was crazy for leaving a good job for a city job, and taking a tremendous pay cut. Well, I am crazy, had the greatest job in the world until my little incident,and still have a great group of friends, and never would have gotten to do all the things I did. I did completely ruin my body, but I had a great time doing it, Better to wear out than rust out! Never expected the treatment I received in the end, but they are bureaucrats after all. The real firemen, are the greatest and the rest are, well, mortals after all.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Lack of enough people to effectively implement required functions of ICS due to small department size, not enough volunteers. Unfortunately first responders will, and fires have to be fought.
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Hi there Ray; I’m Leo from Australia, Paramedic; Welcome to FFN hope U enjoy the site and gather many friends during your stay. If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please feel free to add me to your collection of FFN friends.
Ray, welcome to the FF Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around.