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Michael D. Staats
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  • Phoenix, AZ
  • United States
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Phoenix Arizona
Department:
Ak-Chin Fire Department
Title/rank:
Assistant Chief
Years of public service:
35
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Not much experience at the FF level. Growing.
Professional Qualifications:
Fire Instuctor 3, Fire Officer 4, Incident Safety Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Associates Degree in Emergency Services, Live Fire Burn Instructor for ISFSI, Inspector 2, National Registry Paramedic, NFA Leadership series, member AZ Fire Chiefs Training Committee, Former Tidewater Regional Fire Academy Coordinator, former Adjunct Instructor and 1403 compliance officer for Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
Topics you provide training for:
NFPA Instructor, Officer, Firefighter. Live Fire Burn Instructor.
Areas of expertise:
Leadership. 1403 compliance. Safety.
Bio:
Became an EMT in 1980, Paramedic in 1981. Volunteered for Wood County Rescue and Vienna Volunteer Fire Department in WV. Worked as a Paramedic for St. Josephs hospital. Retired with 25 years as a Captain and Training Officer for Norfolk Fire Rescue in Virginia. Currently serving as the Assistant Chief overseeing Training and Operations for Ak-Chin Fire Department in Arizona. Married to Diana for 33 years. Four sons and a granddaughter.

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Ripples on the Pond of Life

As an "Old Guy" in this business, I often find myself marveling at all the great new ways we have now to communicate, like this blog, Face Book, and Twitter to name a few. It is so easy to stay in touch and even reconnect with long lost friends and relatives. So the other day one of those old friends texted to let me know a mutual former co-worker and friend was retiring after 25 years of service, to move on and start a…

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Posted on May 6, 2016 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

Are You "Fit" To Lead?

Today I had to go in to do my annual physical. You know the one where you get poked, prodded, wired up, and ran ragged on a treadmill. We all suffer through them and after 35 years you think it would be routine. But every year, at least for me, it is more of a challenge. But I am proud to say once again, I managed to remain in the ranks of the healthy and qualified fit for duty cadre. Now before you all applaud (or jeer), what I just went through is or should be, a normal annual event for…

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Posted on November 20, 2015 at 5:04pm — 1 Comment

Remembering 9/11 and the Spirit of Who We All Are

The other day a close friend forwarded a picture to me. It is a picture looking across the Brooklyn Bridge at the Twin Towers, already burning from the terrorist attacks. Then you realize on the bridge is an FDNY Ladder truck, Ladder 118 to be exact, heading towards the mayhem and destruction that was 9/11. On board…

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Posted on September 10, 2015 at 1:41pm — 1 Comment

Are You Interested? Or Committed?

"There is a difference between interstest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." - Ken Blanchard

As a young man I was very interested in girls. Then I decided to marry one and soon discovered I had better have a little more than just an "Interest". It took full on commitment: she did not accept excuses, and I was forever trying to get her the results she…

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Posted on July 10, 2015 at 3:16pm

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