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Olathe Fire Department
Fire Captain
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
staffing, keeping up with growth, budget issues, lack of a training center
Professional Qualifications:
Bachelors degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology, FF II, Rescue Systems II, HazMat Technician, various other rescue discipline certifications, EMT
Topics you provide training for:
Junior College Fire Science Program Instructor, FF Safety/RIC
Areas of expertise:
still learning....

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At 2:02pm on May 18, 2009, Keith Weuve said…
I am a trustee with WHEAT STATE FOOLS, (Mostly Johnson County, Lawerance, Ottawa Fire Fighters). We are having a meeting at Champions Sports Bar May 19. Will you let the Olathe guys know how would be intrested in joining.
Be Safe Brother
At 8:02pm on January 5, 2009, Jim Mason said…
Thanks for joining CSF (common Sense firefighting) It's a decison making and leadership page on the site. Jump into any of the discussions at any time. There are some good ones going right now. Where is Olathe Fire Department and how many guys do you get on the first due alarm?
At 10:21pm on January 3, 2009, Keith Weuve said…
How's Olathe? A mile north of you, it's slow. I'm a new trustee with Wheat State FOOLS. We are having meeting on Jan. 20 at 1900 @ Johnny's off of Ridgeview. If have any ? don't be afair to ask me. Stay safe brother
At 7:06pm on October 6, 2008, Scott Eckels said…
Damn you're good looking! Missed you this past weekend Bro!
At 8:55pm on April 30, 2008, Todd Haines said…
Eric, How have you been? It has been a long time since OSU. Hope all is well. Keep safe. Todd
At 6:51pm on April 28, 2008, David Rhodes said…
Welcome to the Smoke Diver Group. The numbers on our group steadly increase. Most people don't know what or who we are. Please respond to the discussions if you have been to a Smoke Diver course anywhere in the country or tell us about the one in your area. If you want to learn a little about Georgia's program visit our website
At 12:36am on April 25, 2008, Bruce Hartig said…
Thanks, had an excellent time at FDIC. Glad you were there. It was a great motivator. Be Safe.
At 2:16pm on April 21, 2008, Scott Thompson said…
Hey thank you Brother. If you ever get to Lewisvile you better find time to come visit and have a cup. Keep in touch.

Be Safe
At 9:36am on April 20, 2008, Kevin Wattenbarger said…
Everyone's got to find something to be good at!
At 4:02pm on April 19, 2008, Rick Lasky said…
Hi Brother Eric,

Thanks for your kind wods. As for our policy regarding class A uniforms, it is our desire that when one of our members is representing our Department at a function, that they wear their class A. Maybe not at a picnic or the like, but at funerals (job related or not, especially for a brother or sister's family member to show respect) banquets, awards ceremonies, speaking engagements, etc., any time we want to put our best foot forward we encourage it. All Department members including our Reserves have class A uniforms. We don't want them wearing them for court dates or anywhere where we could suffer an image jab, and as for functions that involve alcohol, we would rather they not partake. That doesn't mean for example when one of us gives a keynote at a banquet and the attendees are drinking alcohol, we don't as long as we are wearing our class A. No reflection on anyone else that does, that's just us.

We want our members to understand that the uniform is more than just a funeral uniform. That it stands for a lot more. It represents our heritage, our history and those who served proudly before us and sacraficed. It's bigger than any of us and should be worn with the respect and dignity that it deserves. If we can get them to keep that in mind, then we really don't need an SOP. They'll do the right thing!!

Thanks brother and be safe!


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