- Fire Service Vehicle Operator
My Goals This Year
- Fire Apparatus Engineer
- Instructor I
- Haz-Mat Ops.
- Start my Paramedic School
Topics you provide training for:
I help instruct for the Fox Valley Career Center which is sponsored through the Kaneland School District. I help teach Fire Science to high school aged individuals from 5 different school districts.
Areas of expertise:
These are my GOALS to train on more in 2009!
Pride, Ownership, Honor
Initial Scene Size-up
I'm a progressive and aggressive firefighter. I am VERY dedicated to my fire department. I train hard... my whole life is the fire service. I love to learn and love to teach when I can.
I started as a Firefighter/EMT in Illinois with the Kaneville Fire Protection District. I spent 5 hard earned years there. I made several achievements and found what I wanted to obtain in the fire service.
I moved away for a couple of months to Prince Georges County, Maryland to be a live in firefighter with Laurel Rescue Station 49. I had some amazing experiences there, but found out very quick that living in a firehouse wasn't for me. I overcame several challenges and learned more about myself as a person in the time I was there.
I have moved back to Illinois with a solid mindset of what my goals are how I plan to achieve them. I have rejoined with my department back home and ready to push forward with my education. I thank everyone who has supported me in the past and today... without you I am not sure where I'd be. I love the fire service with all my heart and moving away put into perspective how I ran from my goals, because I thought I couldn't achieve them or they were too hard.
One of my biggest inspirations is Chief Rick Lasky of the City of Lewisville Fire Department.
I make my big move to the east coast this Friday. I am really excited, but at the same time nervous to venture out of what I call "Home". I am moving to Prince Georges County, MD. Specifically as a "live-in" Firefighter/EMT with the Laurel Vol. Rescue Squad Company 49. It was a decision I decided to make a few months ago. I wanted to gain to experience and saw my chance. They run a Rescue-Engine, Squad, Ambulance and a Dive unit mostly volunteer. They run about 6,000 calls out of one station. I… Continue
Be careful tonight, we're in for 20 below zero temps with wind chills near 40 below tonight! Water freezes faster and our muscles tighten up exceptionally fast in this type of weather! Take it easy and do some stretches today to keep in shape. Call for manpower if needed!
I am writing this blog for all everyone to get to know who I am and what my experiences are and where I am going in the fire service. Feel free to message me any advice... I want to learn and never stop!
Well I am from Northern Illinois, born and raised. I grew up like many families, mom,dad and siblings. my mom knew I destined to for the fire service when I was 5 years old when we tookt he first trip to the fire station. I climbed on every piece asked every typical question a 5 yeat… Continue
Thanks for leaving a comment on that hose load. Guys are still working with different aspects of it. Tweeking it here and there. If you don't have pistol grips on your nozzles, it can be placed on a cross lay. It works best with higher pressures (ie. fog nozzles 150 psi +) The problem with lower pressure applications is that the hose may kink as it uncoiles. With the high pressure applications, it works great. 50 ft. at the door, everytime. You can look on Youtube and find several close applications. Oh, if you have houses that set very close to the street, this load works fantastic.
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