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Jim Ellis
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  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • United States
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Lives in:
Pittsburgh PA
Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
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Professional Qualifications:
Fire Officer IV,Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector II EMT,
Topics you provide training for:
Engine and Truck Company Operations. Survival and Rapid Intervention Training.
Areas of expertise:
21years in the fire service and still learning everyday. I enjoy taking, teaching, and talking about common sense operations regarding structural fire suppression. I have been fortunate to work with and meet others that have been willing to pass on their experiences and I just try to pass on what they have showed me and some things that I have learned from making my share of mistakes.
Appointed to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire in 1999, currently assigned as a Captain at 32 Truck Company, A-Line in the city's Deutschtown neighborhood. Previous assignments Engine Company 8, 17, Truck Company 14, Engine & Truck Company 8. Prior to PBF I worked for Wilkinsburg Fire Department for 3 years (WFD is now PBF Engine Co #16). I started in the fire service as a 4th generation family member with the Adams Area Fire District. I also currently serve in the Air National Guard as Fire Chief with the 171st ARW PAANG. I am a PA State Fire Instructor and also teach as a member of Rapid Intervention Training Associates and Traditions Training LLC. I am married (Cathy) and have two sons (Brady & Ryan).

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Jim Ellis updated their profile
Apr 14, 2013
Jim Ellis joined Chuck Fager's group

Forcible Entry/ Forcible Exit!

All things under the heading Forcible entry/ exit. Tools, methods (which are most effective in your area?) , locks, bars, gates, enclosures (What's new on the buildings?), Bolt patterns on commercial occupancy rear doors, Tips and tricks!
Oct 18, 2012
Jim Ellis and Dave Anderson are now friends
Feb 14, 2011
Dave Anderson left a comment for Jim Ellis
"Hey Brother, I have been meaning to e-mail you. Hope all is well. Have you figured out how to get into the spaghetti factory yet? Chat with you soon. Dave"
May 19, 2010
Paulie Capo left a comment for Jim Ellis
"I had a great time as well. See you in Baltimore in July. Stay safe."
May 6, 2009
Paulie Capo and Jim Ellis are now friends
May 6, 2009
Jim Ellis left a comment for John Ortlund
"John Unfortunately we do not have such a program. Until recently most promotions were made to guys that had a good amount of time on the job and we havent had many problems. In 2005 we had almost half of our fire bureau retire due to drastic changes…"
Feb 2, 2009
Jim Ellis joined Christopher A. Barry, Sr.'s group

Truck Company Operations

A place to discuss any and all things related to Truck Company Operations on the fireground.
Jan 30, 2009

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At 10:54pm on May 19, 2010, Dave Anderson said…
Hey Brother,

I have been meaning to e-mail you. Hope all is well. Have you figured out how to get into the spaghetti factory yet? Chat with you soon.

At 11:50am on May 6, 2009, Paulie Capo said…
I had a great time as well. See you in Baltimore in July. Stay safe.

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