Tim Zehnder
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Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic
Years in Fire/EMS:
starting 23rd
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
McCook Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
My Training:
EMT, Fire Inst I , Rope Rescue Tech , Trench Tech ...................
About Me:
I started in the fire service in 1990, I have worked for the US forest service in Idaho as a firefighter, spent time with the Minnesota DNR as a firefighter and with the Hermantown & Truman Fire depts. I am a Minnesota State Fire Inst, My passion is ff Rescue and RIT I have devolped a number of programs that are being used today.
Day Job:
Director of Fire Science at McCook Community College
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Born in to it:) I am following in my fathers foot steps
Why I Love Fire/EMS
The Family
Top Issues Facing Responders:
FF Deaths, we as the fire service need to improve this 100 a year is way to many

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How To CHANGE what TRADITION Has Built

Posted on April 1, 2009 at 9:02pm 0 Comments

As I sit here trying to build a plan for the future I think of what has happened over the last 41 years in the fire service. It was 1968 November my Father joined the fire dept in our small mid west town of around 1,200 people, I was 11 months old. He was told show up bring a CASE and be there at 7. So he did and I am sure he never thought that 41 years later so many things would have changed and how far the fire service has come. That night in Nov. he was handed his gear, which was a plastic… Continue


Posted on March 21, 2008 at 5:37pm 5 Comments

[ Draft ] Is anyone going to FDIC? If so it would be a good time to get FFN people togather and chat at one of places down there.

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At 9:21am on January 15, 2011, James Burton (Jamie) said…
Hi Tim, hows it going down there in Truman, hope all is well. Maybe catch you in Mankato in March.. Take care buddy
At 10:01pm on August 12, 2009, Pete said…
Hi Tim, saw your post to Todd. I also thought your brother's name sounded familiar when I heard he was hired. Spring Grove is 7 miles from Caledonia and I actually work in Caledonia. Small world! Stay Safe,
At 5:45pm on August 12, 2009, Todd Lemke said…
I new the name sounded familiar. He seems like a good shit! We played softball toghther the other night cops vs. firemen. We had to let them cops win so they would keep playing since we won the last two years in a row!!! Stay safe and take it easy.
At 12:21pm on July 27, 2009, Galen McCarthy "CURBY" said…
Hey i just logged in after not being on here for ummmm months. Things are good here, busy, lots of amb calls. We have had a few fire calls as well. How are things with you?
At 2:18pm on May 14, 2009, Dirk Lewis said…
Hey thanks for taking the time to check it out. I hope you register and use the site we sure would enjoy having you there!! thanks again!!!

At 8:56pm on April 26, 2009, Padre Pete said…
Tim, Guess I'm a little late on picking this up. Like everyone else, we are an EMS department that ocassionally fights fire. About 85% EMS, 2% actuall smoke related and 13% other ( at least half are false automatic alarms).
At 10:42pm on April 12, 2009, Timothy Sendelbach said…

Things are going well. Still getting adjusted, but no complaints.

Yes, I will be in Indy next week.

Take care and stay safe.
At 7:57pm on April 2, 2009, Padre Pete said…
Right. When it was 70 alarms in 61, there was no such thing as an EMT and no one had an ambulance. Today ,like everyone, 85 % of the 700 is EMS. My experience is that The Service has developed a fabulous wide and deep pool of talented educators and resources. The pain, I think we share is there will always be horses we can only lead to it
At 5:02am on April 2, 2009, Padre Pete said…
Tim, If the change you seek was'nt already in place, you would have been issued the same gear your Dad was issued in 1969 and I was issued in 1961. I fear we will always have annoyingly outspoken advocates of the "That aint the way I learnt it." and the "We aint never done it that way." schools. I share the concern for the frequency of LOODs. Look how far we've come. Firefighters have been virtually incapsulated in the interest of personal safety and we have developed the widely held and good philosophy that pulling out is actually an acceptable strategy but, in the biggest picture, I have to believe we continue to die for these basic reasons. 1) We are involved ten times the alarms we were since the mid 20th century. In my little department it has actually gone from about 70 to over 700 per year. 2) Inspite of all education and awareness to the contrary, there are those who will always be driven to beat the odds and prove their own invincability. It has to do with a basic character trait common to firefighters. 3) Physical fitness and physical compitance are often waved in favor of seniority. If chubby puppies and aging couch potatoes dont get out of the way voluntarily, they should be required to change their life style or loose the title. Almost nobody wants to put that in writing. Keep The Faith
At 7:35am on February 10, 2009, Timothy Sendelbach said…
Good Morning, Tim:

Still on the road - haven't it made it back yet.

Hope all's well on your end.

Take care,

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