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Ben Simonds
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  • Soldotna
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Lives in:
Soldotna, Alaska
Central Emergency Services, State Fire Marshals Office
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
A very young and inexperienced fire department due to retirement
Professional Qualifications:
EMT instructor
Fire instructor II
Rope Rescue
Swift Water Instructor
Fire investigator I
Topics you provide training for:
Truck Ops
Heavy Rescue
Technical Rescue
Areas of expertise:
Heavy Rescue
Technical Rescue
Started in the Fire service in 1999. Attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks where I got both my fire and EMS degrees. I currently work for a department in Soldotna, Ak. 33 full time guys along with paid on-calls make up our deparment. I also teach for the State Fire Marshals office remotely. In 2006 I started my own EMS/ Fire instruction company called Strike the Box
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After doing some code Red teaching written May 11th,2008

f you want to read the good stuff skip towards the bottom. At least I warned ya

Once again home from my travels. This time It was a 12 hour flight home.

Which in most cases would have taken me almost to New Zealand or

somewhere warmer or more interesting. On the return flight I was able

to enjoy most of the remaining villages scattered throughout what is

considered YK that I had not been too.

Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. Few words can describe this… Continue

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 2:04am — 2 Comments

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At 9:37pm on March 16, 2009, SHANE SMITH said…
Hey, I am sorry, I hope all is well with you, Dig this....the other night at our chapter meeting they voted me as FOOL of the year and one of the perks is I am sponsered to attend the convention. So I talked to the wife and it looks like we will be heading that way. I am very excited.
Hows life? Been fishing at all

At 8:56am on March 1, 2009, Tim Kelahan said…
Yes why Miss me?
At 10:12am on January 16, 2009, Sean D Wisner said…
Brother Ben,
Fill us in on the details of the Alaska Leadership Conference... Very cool. I am trying to get funding to come down for it.
At 4:51pm on January 12, 2009, SHANE SMITH said…
Hey Brother WTF !!!!! Tell me you werent in Seattle and didn't call??? Let me guess OC was about 65-68 degrees?? How nice is that !! All is good drop me a line sometime.
At 8:18pm on January 7, 2009, Ben Fleagle said…
Hey!!! You ain't got no chatter goin on har'! WTF? How you doin? I just got off the phone with Greg Coon, he says its -30 there. Wanna trade? I'm tired of -50.
At 8:16pm on November 23, 2008, Ben Fleagle said…
Hey Ben

I know you've been in touch with the others, so I have stressed to much about calling. Mainly because the phone is ringing so much I can't hardly get a call out myself. I will call you tonight if I can. Thanks for being there.

At 6:47pm on November 15, 2008, Rick Lasky said…
Thanks buddy and yes I did. Thanks brother!!! Email me your mailing address at, your size and I'll take care of you.

Be safe pal!
At 1:17pm on November 7, 2008, Brent Kaiser said…
Hey Ben, hope you are feeling better Brother. Zinc and vitamin C helps. Unless it's a hangover, then a bloody mary usually works better :) I put some new pictures up from the convention, enjoy.
At 10:15am on October 21, 2008, Bobby Halton said…
I had a great time in Alaska but I ended up with pneumonia, it's been a rough couple weeks. But I'm finally standing upright. Here is that list of books you asked for I hope you enjoy them. If you have any you would like to suggest to me please send them my way.
Bobby Halton’s Reading list for the Deliberate Firefighter

Normal Accidents Living with High-risk Technologies by Charles Perrrow

Decision-Making: Risk Management, Systems Thinking and Situation Awareness by Alan McLucas

Quality leadership, Standards of Leadership Behavior by D*** Leatherman PhD

Decision-making Harvard Business Essentials subject adviser Alan J. Rowe

Critical Mass by Philip Ball

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales

The Field Guide to Human Error Investigations by Sidney Dekker

10 Questions about Human Error by Sidney WA Decker

Inviting Disaster, Lessons from the Edge of Technology by James R. Chiles

The Moral Compass by William J. Bennett

Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goldman

The Structure of Awareness by D.W. Gottschalk

Just Culture by Sidney Dekker

Last Breath, The Limits of Adventure by Peter Stark

Leadership and Self-deception by The Arbinger Institute

Complexity, The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos by M. Mitchell Waldrop

Sources of Power by Gary Klein

Intuition at Work by Gary Klein

Leadership by Rudolph Giuliani

It's Your Ship by Michael Abrashoff

The ASTD Handbook of Training Design and Delivery

Principles of Fire Behavior by James G. Quintiere

Words that Work by Dr. Frank Luntz

Rickover by the Naval Institute press

A Plague on Your Houses by Dr. Deborah Wallace

Fighting Fire in the Age of Plastics by Dr. Deborah Wallace

Stoic Warriors, The Ancient Philosophy Behind the Military Mind by Sherman

The Drunkard's Walk, How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Moldinow
At 4:44pm on October 3, 2008, Tim Kelahan said…
Whats up little Brother Ben -
Make it home OK?
Do I get an invite to the leadership conference or what?

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