Thomas W. Yager
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Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Assistant or Deputy Chief, Secretary / Treasurer
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Kenilworth Fire Company # 1
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
My Training:
NYS Basic FIrefighter, NYS Intermediate Firefighter, COnducting Live Fire Evolutions, Live Fire Training Safety, NYS Intro to Fire Officer, NYS Fire Officer I
About Me:
I joined Kenilworth on July 24, 1998. Since I joined as a "torchboy" I have held positions of Fire Prevention Lieutenant, FIrematic Lieutenant, Firematic Captain, 2nd Asst Chief-Nights, 2nd Asst Chief Nights, & Fire company Secretary. I am truly all about my Fire Company. If something needs to be done I'm right there to jump in. Ive run numerous parties, fund raisers and other events.
Day Job:
Praxair Inc.- Financial Services
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
When I was 15, my cousin who was a part timer with BFD talked to me about it & needless to say 4 days after my 16th birthday I joined. I have a huge sense of helping those in need & I believe thats something you have to have when doing this.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
One word. Brotherhood. The greatest thing about being a first responder is the fact that you have so many people you can count on.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
I think there are a few that really stick out. For lack of a better term, "wanna-be's". I am not here to bash anyone, but you know who I am talking about. These are the guys who have a 4 foot blue light bar on thier car while doing 60 to a bull sh*t call. The ones who join for the free stuff. Take away any perks I get tommorow and you won't get any less dedication from me. The second issue, is the increasing liability & training requirements facing the volunteer service. Over the past decade more and more organizations are being sued for what some lawyer thinks we did wrong on a fire scene. Firefighters are going to jail now because someone who has never been 10 feet away from a camp fire thinks we could have done something differently.

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At 11:34pm on December 30, 2008, SHB1207 said…
Thanks for the add, Stay safe and great to see some working photos and those just having fun!
At 9:29pm on May 24, 2008, Bob said…

At 2:12pm on April 18, 2008, Randy C. Rider said…
Hello Chief Yager, it has been awhile since I last saw you. How are things in Ducktown?
At 3:45pm on April 9, 2008, LadyChaplain said…
Hey loser. Where have you been?
At 12:53am on March 26, 2008, LadyChaplain said…
Hey! Thanks for the add :-)
At 11:41pm on March 25, 2008, Tiger Schmittendorf said…
Hi Chief -

Welcome to the Nation.

Stay safe. Train often.
At 11:37pm on March 23, 2008, Bob said…
Tom, many thanks you and your department for the great fundraising work this weekend. The support for the boot drive from Kenilworth and all the other companies was greatly appreciated. Please pass on a big thank you!
At 10:00am on March 16, 2008, Bob said…
Hi Tom, thanks for the add, FFN is an interesting place. Have fun here and stay safe out there........
At 12:28am on March 14, 2008, kenneth willis said…
hello how r u iam from nc like to add u an chat some time about the firedept
At 6:15pm on March 12, 2008, Jim aka Bick said…

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