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Christopher Drake
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Muskegon Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Four Horsemen - If you know Frank Ricci, then you know what this is...
Professional Qualifications:
Fire Officer II, Hazardous Materials-Specialist, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Water Rescue Specialist
Topics you provide training for:
Basic Firefighting, Water Rescue, Boat Operations
Areas of expertise:
Firefighter Safety, Water Rescue, Boat Operations, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Information Technology are what I concentrate on primarily, but I will spend time studying just about anything 'cause the learning never stops...
Started as a Volunteer in 1986 with the St Matthews Fire District, then joined McMahan Fire & Rescue, rising to the rank of Captain.

In 1993, enlisted in the US Coast Guard, serving on the USCGC Spencer in Boston, MA, and at Station Grand Haven in Michigan.

Upon completion of active duty enlistment, was hired as a career firefighter by the Muskegon Fire Department. I am the driver for Engine 23, covering the downtown district as well as second due for the rest of the City. Our crew also operates Rescue 73, our fire/rescue boat, covering Muskegon Lake and Lake Michigan.

I also worked for the Muskegon County HAZMAT Team as a Specialist from 1999-2004.

When I'm not on-duty, I'm spending time with my three daughters.

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Use Incident Critiques To Learn All You Can

The title of this article may sound pretty basic, but there are too many times in which critiques narrow down to a couple of events or even a single action during an incident. The result is a misguided but well-intentioned lesson that doesn’t focus on the overall incident.

This has occurred on more than one occasion during my career with the MFD. One particular incident occurred in December 2008.

We had a structure fire which resulted in a Mayday with two firefighters… Continue

Posted on July 24, 2010 at 9:36am


Hello all. I am new to the Fire Engineering community and am looking forward to sharing information which will not only help us stay safer, but maybe even put a smile on our face.

As a 24-year veteran of the fire service, I have had the opportunity to work as both a volunteer and career firefighter. In the US Coast Guard, I practiced maritime firefighting as well. No matter where I've worked, lessons are there for the taking. As a career firefighter, I've never forgotten where I came… Continue

Posted on July 23, 2010 at 3:34pm

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At 5:40pm on July 25, 2010, Mike France said…
Anytime brother stay safe
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