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Lives in:
Skagway, Alaska
Skagway Volunteer Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Volunteer retension, training to match experirnced and rookie fire fighter skills, seasonal loss of 1/2 of volunteers
Professional Qualifications:
Fire Fighter 1, Methods of Instruction to teach FF1, AK EMT lll, several ICC certifications (for position as Building Inspector)
Topics you provide training for:
all of FFl requirements, additional training for mass casualty response (tourist ship, airplane/bus/train crashes)
Areas of expertise:
Building construction, fire scene operations, fire attack
I have spent 20 years in the fire service with a combination of volunteer, paid on call and paid fire fighter positions. In addition, I have spent many years in the construction trade and the past few as the building inspector. These have provided me a wide variety of cross training which all contribute to a well rounded view and knowledge of how to work with people and handle emergency situations.

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At 12:02pm on April 23, 2008, Chris Grooms said…
Yes, this is a King Crab in the picture. It was pulled in a pot from about 450 feet deep near Juneau, Alaska. I will tell you that after eating a freshly caught/cooked crab, it is tough to eat one that has been frozen.

Cruising Alaska is one of the best things in the world! Unpack one time, eat when you want, see great scenery and meet some wonderful people. May sounds early to most, but it historically our driest month. August rains more than all the rest.

The training/visiting trip was great! It is always good to sit in class and socialize with like-minded people. The road, however, was not as good. There were frost heaves (some as high as 2 feet) for about 200 miles. I know this sounds hard to believe, but we were all shook up by the time we were finished with it! Slow down and be safe everyone!
At 10:25pm on April 19, 2008, John Power said…
That has got to be the largest crab I have ever seen. Is that a King Crab? Hope your trip was safe and informative Cap.
At 8:13pm on April 7, 2008, Christi Haymore said…
I will be cruising to Alaska in May of 2009:)
At 11:26am on April 7, 2008, Chris Grooms said…
I would love to be involed in any way I can. I will look into it.

Having just begun on this site, I will be silent for 2 weeks. I will be driving to Anchorage for a forum for state fire marshalls & others (me). After that, I will drive to Soldotna for a 5 day class on arson investigation. Round trip is about 2000 miles - how far do you all have to travel for "local" training?

Of course, there will be some visiting and shopping. In a town of 500 in the winter and 10,000 a day tourist traffic in the summer, about the only thing you can purchase is T-shirts and other tourism related items.

Be safe. Chris
At 2:57pm on April 3, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
Check out and sign up, we could use your input in our Tactical Building Blocks group. We are on the side under featured groups.
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips
Be Safe
At 2:27pm on April 3, 2008, Chris Grooms said…
Thanks for the welcome. Everyone PLEASE wear your seata belts!

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