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Lives in:
North Shore, Mass.
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Diversity & Sensitivity
Professional Qualifications:
A.S. Criminal Justice
A.S. Fire Science Technology
B.S. Fire Science Administration

Firefighter I/II
Fire Instructor I/II
Fire Inspector I/II
Fire Officer I/II
Aerial Apparatus Operator
Topics you provide training for:
Basic Recruit Skills: SCBA, Search & Rescue, RIT, Basic Rope, Ground Ladders, Aerial Ladders, Roof Ops, Hydraulics, Live Fire Training, Flashover Recognition
4th Generation firefighter interested in history of fire service and keeping new firefighters safe.

Started my career as a Call firefighter/911 Dispatcher in Wareham, MA at age 16. Worked as fulltime federal firefighter at the now defunct South Weymouth Naval Air Station. Spent four years fulltime in Manchester By-The-Sea (combination department), five years fulltime in Danvers, MA (permanent department) before settling in Cambridge MA where I am assigned to Ladder 1 from Headquarters.

Author - "Maxim Photo Archive 1914-1989" & "Maxim Photo History"
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At 11:10am on October 23, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Please allow me to invite you to the group called Unique HazMat Incidents. I will be presenting this at 2009 FDIC and would love to hear some of your thoughts. We are currently talking about some real interesting issues.
Todd McKee
At 11:30pm on September 29, 2008, John O'Donoghue said…
Howie; In 1973 or so, a meeting was held in Mass with the elevator industry representatives. They all placed their company keys that they were using to operate Firefighters Service (at that time), to be used as a uniform key for the entire state. A key was drawn from a hat, and it was Armour Elevator Companies key, which they had marked as "3502". And the rest is history.
At 2:00pm on September 12, 2008, rayhegarty said…
Howie, take care of my buddy encalada..
At 7:21am on June 2, 2008, Rusty Ricker said…
Summer School 2008
July 11th, 12th and 13th 2008
At 10:25am on April 4, 2008, Christopher A. Barry, Sr. said…

Nice to see you out here. Thanks for taking the interest in joining the Truck Company Operations Group.

-Chris Barry

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