Rick Franks
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  • Cheswick, PA
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Should Volunteer Fire Companies Specialize?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Adam Gillis Aug 31, 2010. 33 Replies

Do you thing Volunteer Fire Companies could provide better service to their customers (the community, and mutual aid partners) if each company specialized in one aspect of the fire service? Much like…Continue


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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Springdale Twp. VFD
Years With Department/Agency
My Training:
Art of Reading Smoke
Hazardous Materials Operations
Pipeline Emergency Response and Damage Prevention
Training Operations in Small Departments NFA
Water Rescue for First Responder
ATV Search and Rescue
Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations, NFA
(ICS 400) Advanced ICS for Expanding Incidents
Incident Safety Officer, NFA
(IS241) Decision Making & Problem Solving
(IS242) Effective Communication
(ICS 300) Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
(IS 0003) Radiological Emergency Management
(IS 005.A) Introduction to Hazardous Materials
(IS 0001) Emergency Program Manager Orientation to the Position
Emergency Response to Terrorism PEMA
(IS 362) Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
(IS230) Principles of Emergency Management,
(IS235) Emergency Planning,
(IS700) National Incident Management System (NIMS),
(IS800-A) National Response Plan Introduction (NRP),
(ICS-100) Introduction to the Incident Command System
(ICS-200) Basic ICS for Operational First Responders
Leadership II Strategies For Personal Success
(IS340) Hazardous Materials Prevention
(Q318) Fire Service Supervision
OSHA training Essentials of Safety
Gas & Electric Emergency Response
Firemanship l
Firemanship ll
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
It is my calling
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Increasing hours of training needed, and decreasing volunteerism.

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Reservist Fire Fighters

Posted on June 7, 2010 at 1:05pm 5 Comments

Establishing a more effective Service Model to…


Tribute to firefighters

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 4:07pm 1 Comment

They are a special breed one and all
Willing to give it their all on every call
Weather to fight the beast or to save a life
Morning, noon, or night
They never give up the fight
When that fight requires their life
We must never forget their children or their wife
For brothers and sister all are we
Whenever one falls we should all bend a knee

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At 12:17pm on June 9, 2010, Jack/dt said…
Thanks for the invite, great article you wrote. Love to see it grow legs.
Stay safe,
At 5:06pm on February 1, 2010, Karen Lee FitzPatrick said…

Hi Rick:

sorry i am so late in replying. I hope you had a very nice holiday season. Now it's almost Va;lentines Day!--KOaren Lee and Friends www.karenleefitzpatrick.com
At 2:20pm on November 11, 2009, Fireyladd - Retired Chief Sharp said…
Rick, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Have fun and look around.

Chief William Sharp
Brookings, Oregon

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