"Thanks for inviting me Todd. I like it. As far as the manure storage tank, it would have to be the facility owner that would be willing to post what it is. Is it Hydrogen Sulfide or Methane that is causing the suffocation? It would be at least…"
"We are currently specing 2 Pierce PUC's. I would agree with Eric regarding the commercial aspect. Rollover happens way too often, and custom cabs give you that benefit of the safety aspects that are critical in a fire department vehicle.…"
The usual, retention. We have come up with a successful way to keep people (part-time paid) until they are hired, which is to offer a AA degree in Fire Science through our department, with tuition assistance. We also have a strong training program, we train everyday and every night. With a special subject drill on Mondays, such as physician lectures and specialized subjects.
Firefighter 1 & 2, Officer 1, Hazardous Materials Technician, High Angle and Confined space Rope rescue tech., Instructor 2, ISO, worked as a firefighter in a oil refinery so I have NFPA 1081, 1 and 2 (Incident Command) Propane and flammable liquid fire certifications.
Topics you provide training for:
Instructor 1, HazMat Awareness and Operations, Propane Emergencies, Advanced fire behavior, EMS (BLS & PHTLS) instructor. Firefighter1, 2 and Officer 1.
Areas of expertise:
Hazardous Materials I would say is my area of expertise, I am also the training coordinator and on- call Incident response for the regional Hazardous Materials team. Due to the variety of experiences and training. I have completed the Dodd/Beals Fire Academy up to IC (When it was in Reno), and LSU Firefighter Academy.
Started as a Public Safety Dispatcher, joined the department as a volunteer in 1985, worked in the oil industry on the emergency response team until 2002, when I became the director of an interagency training department that comprised of 13 fire districts, so I was in charge of volunteer and career firefighter training. I then went paid in 2003, in 2006 I was hired as a Division Chief of training in my current department, and as of 1/1/08 I was promoted to Assistant Chief.
Thanks Leslie! I apprecaite you passsing onthe reading smoke info - it can make a difference. Glad to see and hear that things are going well for you. My life is busy with travel and all - thinking about doing some more writing. Help make it more safe out there! Hugs - Dave
Thanks for sending the e-mail. I have been very busy with work and family. It does look as if we do have a lot in common with petroleum experience and Hazmat. I am currently looking at going back to school for a Master's in Science in Fire Protection Engineering at WPI. Working with my company for education refund. Send me a line and let me know what you are up to.
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