Richard Shankman
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  • Millbrook, NY
  • United States
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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Assistant or Deputy Chief
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Millbrook Engine Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
My Training:
Firefighter Basic
Firefighter Intermediate
Arson Awareness
Radiation Safety for Firefighters
Fire Police
Initial Fire attack
Introduction to Fire Officer
Fire Officer I
Pump Operations
Engine Co. Operations
Ladder Operations (now called Truck Ops by NYSOFPC)
Rescue Operations
Basic Rope Rescue
Confined Space Awareness
Principles of Fire Investigation
Principles of Building Construction – Combustible
Haz-Mat Incident Command
Farmedic Training Course – Cornell University
Conducting Live Fire Training Evolutions
Live Fire Safety Training
“Buddy to Boss” - Leadership Seminar - HVNCTA
Emergency Vehicle Operations
Legal Issues in the Fire Service (twice)
About Me:
I am an actor and a fire fighter. Been in the F.D. for over 30 years and still learning.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
To help, serve, and protect my neighbors.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Manpower, following rules and regulations, safety, training.

Chelsea - Mascot of the Department.
They Just Don't Know It Yet!

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Posted on August 18, 2010 at 12:43am 0 Comments

Yes it's true. We're in production and have begun shooting stock footage for the project.

We're supported by our local government, fire department and chief. Episode 1 script is done, and we're working on the second one now.

Still need lots of stories as a basis for each episode, so feel free to email me at and send along your story.

All names will be changed, credit will be given (unless otherwise requested). Author may even get a guest… Continue


Posted on May 14, 2010 at 3:41pm 0 Comments

I had a brief meeting with an writer a week or so ago. We discussed the project and now we have a screenwriter. AND he's a volunteer firefighter as well. Does it get any better ?

Still need stories of the volunteer. If used a credit will be given. Hey, not just firefighting stories, but related family and community too as long as the story is tied to the service and the firefighter.

The project is turning episodic and we're talking about 6 episodes to start, including the… Continue

Stories of the Volunteer Update! Pre-production

Posted on May 3, 2010 at 10:46pm 0 Comments

WOOO HOOO Had our first "Production" meeting today, it lasted for hours.

It went very well, and I'm very excited about the project. Looks like

we've got our producer, and are moving along at a good pace. I've been

asked for as many "real stories" as I can get. SO COME ON let's hear em,

but first : These must be stories from Volunteer firefighters, real

stories of true events you've participated in, NO fiction, they'll

probably check. Second: I believe the author… Continue

Stories of the Volunteer (NOT A RANT)

Posted on May 5, 2009 at 5:11pm 11 Comments

As some of you may know I am an actor as well as a firefighter.

I'm starting a new project and would like to hear any volunteer fire department stories. I'm looking for dramatic, or not so dramatic, funny, or not fire or rescue stories by volunteer firefighters.

Why ?

The project's purpose is two fold: First, to educate the public about volunteer firefighters. Second, to encourage people to join.

Sorry Career Guys, unless you volunteer as well, you'll… Continue

Punishing the wrong people aka Yet Another rant...

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 5:37pm 2 Comments

I've started this blog 5 times today, and just can't seem to get my thoughts together. So here goes with #6.

A sure way to create dis-harmony, poor moral, and a loss of manpower in a company is to punish the wrong people. Yes, I said "punish the wrong people".

Now you ask "What do you mean the wrong people ?".

The wrong people are the members of your company who "do it right". People who make every possible effort to get the classes, do the drills,… Continue

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At 8:27pm on January 28, 2009, Kimberly A Bownas said…
Very, Very nice. I would hope you would read mine now that I have read yours.....
At 12:21am on June 7, 2008, Kimberly A Bownas said…
Okay Chiefy, you need more pics, come on I know you got some good ones hiding in some vault some where... :o)
At 4:15pm on June 6, 2008, Brad Duncan said…
Chief hello end welcome to FFN take care
At 9:59am on June 6, 2008, Chan Rivera said…
hi welcome to ffn form Ulster Co.
At 8:07am on June 6, 2008, Kimberly A Bownas said…
hey there Chiefy, glad to see you are finally here..

You cn add me as a friend if you want.... :oP

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