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Lives in:
121 Whitlock Road, Otisville, New York 10963
F.D. N. Y.
Years of public service:
27 years
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Professional Qualifications:
SME Emergency Vehicle Operations, Apparatus Specifications and Aerial Ladder Training
Topics you provide training for:
Apparatus Specifications
Emergency Vehicle Driver Training
Aerial Ladder and Tower Ladder Operations and Placement
Areas of expertise:
SME Emergency Vehicle Operations, Apparatus Specifications and Aerial Ladder Training

Mike Wilbur has been a volunteer firefighter for over 34 years and a career firefighter with the New York City Fire Department for 27 years. In the New York City Fire Department Mike was assigned to Ladder Company 56 for 15 years 8 as an apparatus operator and in 1995 was promoted to the rank of Lt. and is presently assigned to Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx. Lt. Wilbur also served on the FDNY apparatus purchasing committee, and has given state certification to the FDNY chauffeurs school.
Mike is also a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine and Fire Apparatus Journal. He has also served on the IFSTA validation committees for the Apparatus Operator and Aerial Operator Manuals. Mike has served on the United States Fire Administration committee’s on Safe Operation of Fire Tankers and Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative.
Lt. Wilbur is nationally recognized in Emergency Vehicle Operations, Apparatus Placement and Purchasing. For more information go to
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At 11:40am on October 15, 2013, Tiger Schmittendorf said…

Mike - Here's the poster I created that prompted the exchange between Jim Guy and Tony Correia.

Let me know what you think.

Stay safe. Train often.

At 12:23pm on October 11, 2013, James H. Guy said…

Thank you Mike that's good news.  

At 6:20pm on October 10, 2013, James H. Guy said…

Just had a facebook exchange with Tony Correia regarding seatbelts in apparatus, and I understand that you are working on this important issue with NIOSH.  My concern is not that firefighters should accept anything but full compliance with their use, but that under certain conditions buckleing-up is extremely difficult if not impossible.  In particular, apparatus cabs designed with four crew seats abreast of each other, makes simply finding room to sit difficult enough.  Apparatus cabs housing a top mounted pump panel is where this problem is most prevalent.  Committees want it all, a top mounted enclosed pump panel and 4 riding positions for crew members.   Going back to side mounted pump panels not considered to be an option, despite the fact that this arrangement would free-up space in the cab for functional/safe seating.  What are your thoughts about perhaps a manufacture's standard requiring a minimum cubic inch requirement for each crew member as a way of increasing the functionality of seat belt use?

At 5:49pm on May 23, 2012, Patrick Williams said…

Thanks for an enlightening and challenging course with the Long Branch FD last week.  I know we took a away a lot of helpful guidance that will benefit our Chauffeur training program.  I will be posting the photo's and video's of you driving our old 1976 CF Mack soon. 

At 5:41am on January 28, 2012, Jon Branch said…

LT thank you so much for the T-shirt! I want you to know that I wear it with much respect and pride. Hope to see you again sometime soon but until then take care and please say hello to the wife from us....Lt Jon Branch, Guam Fire Department

At 7:59am on March 10, 2011, Jon Branch said…

LT. Wilbur, my wife and I had a great time sharing dinner and conversation with you. We look forward to you and your wife returning to Guam. Next time we BBQ!!... Jon Branch GFD.

At 10:53am on May 8, 2010, Michael Bricault (ret) said…
Mike, I have a couple of training seminars coming up and am hopeful that you may be attending the same. One is Wichita in September which should be huge, the other two are still in the works for Idaho and Iowa.
At 12:59am on February 8, 2010, Todd McKee said…
Hey MIKE! Thank you for your companionship at the Columbia airport today! It made the wait well worth it! Todd McKee HazMatohio
At 10:06am on August 31, 2009, Brian Meroney said…
Well I guess you have earned a Vacation...HAHA... I will be driving and Acting Up as Lieutenant most of the time.. Got a LOT of learning still to do.. I find myself now yelling at the Engine to get out of the way... Funny how things change..
At 9:53am on August 31, 2009, Brian Meroney said…
Howdy Mike from your Favorite Water Weasel from Texas.. Didn't see you this year at the Fire Rescue International.. Did I miss you or where you not able to come for another visit to Texas? Oh FYI: I have been moved to another Station where I now am on a Quint or Truck every shift. Learning Truck work is pretty COOL! Don't rub it in.. Guess I won't be a Water Weasel forever.. HAHA..

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