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Jay Michael
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  • Elkhart, IN
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Lives in:
Elkhart, IN
Elkhart Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing, Training, Financial Difficulties, Radios and Moral
Professional Qualifications:
Fire Officer 3,
IFSAC Instructor II/III
Topics you provide training for:
Building Construction
Fire Behavior
Fire Ground Command
Large Water Delivery
Firefighter I/II
Areas of expertise:
I don't know as I am an expert as I still learn from every class I teach or take
I teach building construction and fire behavior classes along with fire ground command training. Large Water Delivery/Application Training.
I authored an article for Fire Engineering on Clandestine Drug Labs.
I was a certified paramedic for 20 years dropping this in 2003 but maintaining EMT certification
Married 28 years wife Pam, nurse. Two sons Craig, Greenville SC, sales. Jeff pro baseball player, in the city whose team pays him.

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Fires do not think,
They react to set laws in relation to chemistry and physics.
We, the firefighters, are supposed to think and outsmart the fire.
Yet we often lose to this non-thinking entity.
This alone speaks volumes in relation to our education.
This should sound alarm bells at every level in regards to our training.
Ken Shand
Canadian Forces Fire Service

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At 7:27pm on November 12, 2008, Jim Mason said…
Hey Jay
I hope all is good with you.
We have a new discussion on coordinating the fire attack on CSF (Common Sense Firefighting ) when you get a chance take a look at it from the chiefs perspective Delete Comment.
At 6:34pm on June 22, 2008, TR Hagerty said…
Brother Jay
Great articl on clan labs. We have had some good fires caused by labs. We have a house fire last week that turned out to be a good size lab and they are still putting people in jail that have ties. I can get you more info and photos of one we have had if you need them. Again Great Articl TR
At 2:36pm on June 8, 2008, Shane Heeter said…
Things are going very well in Goshen. Yes, it is nice to see more lcoal people on here. Great resource for information and staying in contact with guys.
At 9:00pm on April 29, 2008, TR Hagerty said…
Chief To add to Kaz I cant belive that you let Nick out of Elkhart!! How are things going in Elkhart prob about the same as Angola no $$$ TR
At 5:59pm on April 13, 2008, Brian Kazmierzak said…
Jay - when you get a chance in the next couple weeks give me a call and come on over and see the Command Training Center. I know you have used DC in the past, so I am sure you will like what we have going on!
At 3:08pm on April 13, 2008, Brian Kazmierzak said…
Good seeing you at FDIC brother! Wish I could have spoke with you more! You really need to keep Nick on a lot shorter leash!
At 4:34pm on March 22, 2008, Shane Furuta said…
Thanks Chief... Hopefully the department will come around. I'm hoping this FDIC trip will open some eyes to our attendees. I'll see you at the conference! Just look for the Hawaii guys that are lost in Indy!
At 7:04pm on March 11, 2008, Dave Cushwa said…
Hey Boss! Adding another tool for the toolbox. See you tomorrow. Bye-the-bye, can we call in sick via this site? Just kidding!

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