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Mark Lafountain
  • 49, Male
  • Plattsburgh, NY
  • United States
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"Listen to your Veterans and you just might learn something. Ask them questions now, because when they're lose: Training, History and Tradition!"

Profile Information

Lives in:
Plattsburgh, NY
Beekmantown Fire Department
Years of public service:
13 Years
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Seatbelts, Training, Loss of Tradition, Turnover in Membership, Morale
Professional Qualifications:
N.Y.S. Fire Instructor, Fire Service Instructor II (National), Fire Officer II (National), Firefighter II (National), A.P.C.O. Certified Telecommunicator, Co-Chair of Clinton County Fire Prevention Committee
Topics you provide training for:
Firefighter I Curriculum, SCBA, Haz-Mat Ops, Fire Prevention
Areas of expertise:
SCBA, RIT, Fire Attack, Wildfires, Extrication, Engine Operations, Search and Rescue, Fire Prevention, Firefighter Survival
13 Years in Fire Service, attaining rank of Chief in the Peru Fire Department. Moved to Plattsburgh, NY in May 2008 and joined the Beekmantown Fire Department. Married since 2007 to a wonderful woman (she is also in the Fire Service). Became NYS Fire Instructor in July 2007, and getting my feet wet with Instructing. Finally acquired an Associates in Fire Protection Technology May of 2008. Full-time job as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher for Clinton County Emergency Services. Three additional Part-time Jobs (including NYSFI). Constantly taking new classes to keep my skills and training up to date, because I am always looking to learn something new. I am a big believer in learning methods and tactics from another person's point of view...sometimes, it is a real eye-opener.

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At 9:44am on June 23, 2008, Dave Walsh said…
Hi Mark,
Great to hear you find it usefull- that's its purpsoe- to help firefighters.
Thanks for the feedback!!
Cuzzin Dave
At 7:09am on March 18, 2008, Danny Sheridan said…
Hey Mark, I thought it was II that wetook together?
At 4:24pm on March 13, 2008, Frank Ricci said…
Mark, we could use your input in our group we are listed on page 2. Tactical Building Blocks & Air Management
This group will focus on aggressive interior firefighting. We will address tactics that increase your chance of not getting jammed up and cover what actions to undertake if you do.We will cover some big issues as well as small tactical tips.
At 10:18pm on March 12, 2008, Chris Lafountain said…
I have nothing intelligent to say as of yet, but I'm here so thats a start!
At 11:36pm on March 10, 2008, Mark Lafountain said…
Every day, I hope to improve the Fire Service in some small way. I have come to the conclusion that change needs to come from new Firefighters enrolling in Firefighter I Classes. The new Generation is our future.

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