Thank you all for your input on this issue. I apologize for the tardiness of this message, but certainly encouraged after reading your thoughts. Jay, You make a great point and I think that you are very right. And Joe, I definitely like…"
As has already been stated this is a problem that is most definitely effecting each and every department in one way or another. The biggest thing that must be stressed is make sure you keep your love for this job even while struggling…"
NAFI Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator, Certified Fire Inspector I, Tennessee Firefighter I, Tennessee Firefighter II, Tennessee Fire Apparatus Opperator, Tennessee Fire Service Instructor I, State Certified Vehicle Extrication Instructor, State Licensed E.M.T.-IV , Tennessee Smoke Diver, Swiftwater Rescue Technician II.
Topics you provide training for:
Firefighting Essentials, Vehicle Extrication/Rescue, Firefighter Survival, Fire Cause Determination, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Fire Safety Education.
Areas of expertise:
Fire Origin & Cause Determination, Rescue Company Ops, Vehicle Extrication, Fire Safety Education
I began my fire service career with the Williamson County Rescue Squad in Franklin, Tennesse in 2002. A medium size volunteer department providing fire and rescue services to a large county. After attending four semesters of college I decided that the fire service was the career that I desired.
Shortly after returning to my hometown of Franklin, I received my first paid firefighter job with the Smyrna Fire Department in Smyrna, Tennessee. I worked with SFD for about a year and a half gaining experience and education. It was after this period of time that I obtained the job I'd been waiting for since I began in the service. I recieve a postion from the Franklin Fire Department.
I spent Four fantastic years with this great Department. I worked in a couple districts during that time, mostly on Rescue Companies. I am very rescue/self-rescue oriented and consider my-self to be very motivated and progressive in my career. I enjoy teaching very much and look for evrery opportunity to attend training myself and improve my knowledge. In November of 2009, Career and personal reasons afforded me the opportunity to continue my career in East TN. November 21st marked my start at Rural/Metro Knox County Fire Department in Knoxville, TN as a Firefighter/Paramedic. I have really found myself settling in quickly in my new home.
My passion and focus in my fire service career has been and continues to be Fire & Explosion Investigation. I have been working in this area for about 4 years and was formerly the B-Shift Fire Investigator for Franklin Fire Department and Williamson County.
I continued to remain active with my home department (the Williamson County Rescue Squad) until my departure in Nov. 2009 after 7 years of service and held the rank of Lieutenant.
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