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Lives in:
Bridgeport Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Labor relations
Professional Qualifications:
B.S. Accounting, Southern Ct. State University
State and Nationally certified Fire Service Instructor 1
Structural Collapse Technician
Ice Rescue Technician
Confined Space Rescue Technician
Topics you provide training for:
Live fire training
Aquired structure training
Safety and Survival
Rapid Intervention
Engine Company Operations
Search (private dwelling / large area)
Thermal imaging
10 years Bridgeport Fire Department

13 years volunteer firefighter, Branford Fire Department

Owner of Top Rung Training Associates, LLC.

Adjunct Instructor Connecticut State Fire Academy

Instructor for Middlesex and Fairfield County Fire Schools

Rescue Specialist Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1

IFSTA Validation Committee member;
Rescue manual,6th edition
Fireground Support Operations (truck book) 2nd edition


International Society of Fire Service Instructors


Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association

Union Executive board member

Lead hands-on presenter Providence Firefighters Safety and Survival Conference 2006
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At 8:52pm on October 9, 2008, Tony Piontek said…

Long time no talk...what's up?
At 6:46pm on May 19, 2008, Stephen Florian said…
hey mike whats going on
At 12:47pm on April 23, 2008, Jim Hester said…
Hey Brother.

You wouldn't happen to know a big guy named Ron Rolfe would you? Tell him Jim Hester from OKC said hello.
At 7:36pm on April 4, 2008, Mike Walker said…

I've started a High-Rise Group and I would appriciate your joining and contributing to the group.

God bless and I hope all is well.
At 8:27pm on April 3, 2008, Ray McCormack said…
What happens if you color (cut) outside the lines- Please!
At 8:42am on March 31, 2008, David Rhodes said…
Our next class is in November. Keep an eye on our website for details. There is a mandatory qualification test that includes 50 question FFI written test and 6 stations of Obstacle Course type evaluation including pull ups, pike pole pull, hose hoist, stair climb, victim drag and 1.5 mile run. All activities are scored and have minimums in order to get in the class. Out of state spots are no exception. The test for out of state candidates is Saturday before class on Sunday so you want to make sure you are prepared. The actual activities and description get posted on our site just before we have the local try outs. They are actually competing against each other for a spot in the class. The top 28 get in and we reserve 4 spots for out of state applicants. You would not be competing to get in but you do have to meet the minimums.
At 11:22am on March 29, 2008, David Rhodes said…
Welcome Mike. Is there a Smoke Diver course in Connecticut? If so let us know about. If not you might consider a trip down south for the ultimate training experience.
At 8:04am on March 28, 2008, Rich Thode said…
That's it....that's the best you can do!!!!
At 12:23pm on March 27, 2008, Rich Thode said…
You got me into this thing, so......
At 10:52am on March 20, 2008, Jim Duffy said…
Hey Mike
I agree this is no sbstitute for a backup line
This is in addition to as another layer of safety
see link for more info,-Dangerous,-or-Both:-Live-Fire-Training-in-Acquired-Structure
I will send a copy via e-mail also

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