Phil Ferris
  • New Florence, Pennsylvania
  • United States
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What State do you live in?
Type of Organization
Volunteer Fire Department
Job Function
Assistant Chief/Deputy Chief, Training Officer/Training Chief/Instructor
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
New Florence Volunteer Fire Company No. 1
Years With Department/Agency
My Training:
Essentials of Firefighting
NIMS 100, 200,300, 700, 800
Firefighter I
Fire Instructor I
HAZMAT Awareness
HAZMAT Operations
Vehicle Rescue Technician
Day Job:
Registered Nurse
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Thank Roy DeSoto and Johnny Gage, see my blog.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I can't name just one thing
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Problem facing both career and volunteer fire service is ever expanding responsibilities followed by shrinking budgets and/or funding sources.

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How did I Get Here? Part II

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 11:30pm 1 Comment

In late 1977 into early 1978 the local ambulance service sponsored an American Red Cross, Advanced First Aid course. Many of the junior and younger firefighters attended this training that was held at the fire hall several nights a week and on a few Saturdays as well. In fact, Smedley and I were only 15 when the class started and were not officially junior firefighters yet. We were learning how to do some good, how to help someone out in their time of need. Of course there was a bit of goofing… Continue

How did I Get Here? Thank Roy and Johnny.

Posted on April 8, 2008 at 3:30pm 3 Comments

This month I will become 46 years old. I'm not really sure how I got here so fast. Here being my involvment in the fire service. But, I certainly remember how it started over 30 years ago almost by accident.

I always wondered why from the time I was ten years old people would always ask, what do you want to be when you grow up? Hell, I’m forty six as I begin to write this blog and I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s a… Continue

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At 5:38am on August 21, 2008, Dennis Hale said…
yeah i got my app in...the test is saturday morning at 9 AM...heres to hoping i do well...and i wouldn't have ever thought of it if it wasn't for mark talking about firefighting all the time my freshman year.
At 2:46pm on August 20, 2008, Ed Jackson said…
Been a Bucs fan since the late 70's Buffalo was the Pirates AA club back then. Maybe next year.
At 11:53pm on August 11, 2008, Mike said…
New Florence, What county is that in?
At 8:26am on August 10, 2008, Tony P said…
G'day Phil, just dropped by and caught up with your photos. Nice save - then again ALL saves are nice :)
At 11:04am on July 24, 2008, Stephanie said…
Phil, thanks for reading my blog, and the nice comment. I'm really OK with the way the run went down. Actually, I am glad I was there to give some kindness to the man that caused the death. I think maybe if I had gotten into this job when I was younger, I may not have been able to handle it so well...but everything happens at the right time, doesn't it?
At 3:59pm on July 6, 2008, cory said…
nice page
At 10:04pm on May 15, 2008, Jerry Moore said…
just want to say hi
At 10:33am on April 28, 2008, Hugo Gomez said…
Your Pictures were pretty awesome
At 4:19am on April 22, 2008, Devil Doc said…
Thanks for responding to the NFF Memorial Post. The Saturday and Sunday events are Department Dress Attire or "Dressy" clothes. I will post more as the time draws near. I am looking at lodging in the Gettysburg area for all of us that wish to attend. Also, That Friday night we will have an informal "meet and greet" session for the FFN members attending with a FFN party on Saturday.
At 10:04am on April 18, 2008, Mark Ferris said…!%7cKWRD009emergency&sky=GGL%7cCAMP016VintageRewind_ER%7cADGP010Emergency!%7cKWRD009emergency

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