Rick
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  • Trimountain, Mi
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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer, EMS/Rescue Squad - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter, First Responder
Years in Fire/EMS:
4
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Adam township fire and first responders
Years With Department/Agency
4
Dept. Web Site:
http://adamsfire.org
My Training:
FF I and II. MFR, state licensed.
About Me:
Anything you wish to know please ask.
Day Job:
Medical
Relationship Status:
Single
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I've worked in the medical field most of my life, I was always thinking about bieng a 1st responder, finally did. Fire was the next natural step.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Helping others in their time of need.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Funding. To many rural agencies are using equipment that is not up to modern standards. Many are running with trucks 30 plus years old.

As for the EMS portion, there should be a distinction between the fire and EMS portion of your department. This would help for funding via grants. We are lucky here, our ambulance service replaces everything we use on a call for no charge.

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At 8:12pm on June 12, 2008, Zach Hoekstra said…
as soon as jason gets a picture
At 7:26pm on June 11, 2008, Zach Hoekstra said…
where do u and darrin by your fire fighter shirts from?
At 5:16pm on May 16, 2008, Jen said…
Hey not sure if I am going to go the Baraga thing. When is it?? I think you said in your comment, but I cant remember..

Sorry I have not been on here if forever. I got a promotion at my job, which means I am crazy busy..

I have been meaning to send you a message about the accident. I saw that your department was dispatched! Sorry.. I thought about you right after I heard about it, remembering your April 8th message to me saying you hoped you never had to be involved in a fire fatalility call. Shitty-- I guess as hard as it is to accept we will have that in this field.

Well I hope all is well with you, take care. I am headin up that way tonight to go to the BIG town of Pelkie~ My fiancee is in Vegas for his bacholer party (eeks, I want no details) So its girls night.. I will try to be on here more often to respond to people.. But If I do not make it to the Baraga "party" I WILL surely be at the Houghton one July 24!
Be safe!
At 1:05am on April 16, 2008, Zach Hoekstra said…
just wanted to let you know i got a picture now
At 2:10am on April 10, 2008, Zach Hoekstra said…
i just got my computer to work at work on the internet so i will soon. hopefully. i would like to get a picture of the truck when i got it stuck
At 9:40am on April 8, 2008, Jen said…
Hey, no I was not involved with the fatality in Ironwood, thank god. We have been slow for a while now too. Which is good. I am sure it will pick up again with chimney fires since, we had that small warm spell and now it's cold again. Well, I gotta get back to work, be safe..
At 11:41am on April 3, 2008, Jen said…
Hey Rick, it has been a while. I was in Florida and then just plain busy for the past couple weeks. Anything interesting happening in your neck of the woods. We had a structure fire (camp) Easter Sunday, a false alarm, and that's about it.
At 11:23pm on March 20, 2008, Joe B. said…
Im still alive. barely though. i got this cough that just started and wont go away. so i, sitting home tonight with a glass of jim beam on the rocks to sooth the pain in my throat from caughing. i think its because of all the calls we been having. no rest. everytime i stay out late, we have a call first thing in the morning!
At 1:41am on March 18, 2008, Jojo said…
Fell free too stay Safe
At 8:28am on March 14, 2008, Jen said…
Well, Bobby was transferred to Miller Dwan (the burn center) in Duluth yesterday. He's doing good tho.

What happened:

I got there first since it was four blocks from my house, the neighbors house was on fire, so I went to make sure the girl was out. She was screaming her cats were inside. I told her we had to get out and worry about the cats later. I then walked outside and still no one else was there, and I heard a scream from by the trailer house, I went running over there and a kid said "he's inside" so I went to the part that was still standing and he was stumbling out.

I believe it was a gas leak, he said he remembered lighting a smoke and it sure looked like he took it face on, as his hair was all melted to his head and skin blown back towards his ears on his face and up to his elbows on his arms. Suprisingly, he could still see and was coherent. I asked him if he knew who he was and he shook his head and then I asked if he knew who I was and he tried to say Jenni, I then turned and yelled for someone to call an ambulance cuz I was worried about his organs. I didnt want to touch him at that point but what else do you do? So I grabbed him by his jacket on his sholders and got him the hell away from the blast. By then the fire trucks and guys got there, and another guy and I went to get the 2 cats out! :)

I seriously do not think it was a drug lab cuz, the amount of smoke I took in getting him away woulda killed me. He did not have utilities in the trailer but was heating it with an old gas (no electric required) stove and my guess is the pilot light went out and the gas slowly kept coming. Doesn't take much to make the explosive mixture in a sealed trailer. Like a huge Pipe Bomb.

All is good tho, no one got killed.. It was f***ed up tho, pieces of trailer were blown in all directions some places up to 200 feet.
 
 
 

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