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Rick Decorie
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  • Paxton, IL
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Lives in:
Paxton Fire
Training Officer
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Professional Qualifications:
BS in Fire Service Management

Illinois certified:
Fire Officer I
Instructor II
Haz Mat Ops

IFSAC certified:
Instructor I
Instructor II
Topics you provide training for:
Instructor I, II; RIT
Started as a paid-on-call FF/EMT for two years on a combination department (Blue Island). Was hired as a Firefighter/EMT on a career department (Danville). Retired as a Lieutenant after 21 years of service. Now I am the training officer for the local volunteer department.

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At 3:09pm on April 28, 2010, Nick Morgan said…
Hey Rick,
Yeah, I'm sorry I didn't run into you at FDIC also! I was finally able to meet most of my e-friends face to face. Maybe next year! God bless and stay safe!
At 9:34am on September 17, 2009, Travis Mulvaney said…
Hey Rick thanks for the great tips and ideas,
I'm in the process of revamping our training
program and they are coming in real handy
At 2:38pm on September 4, 2009, Travis Mulvaney said…
Hey Rick sorry it took me so long to get back to ya. I started back to school and it's been hectic, I'm teaching HS kids and coaching jr. high baseball along with everything else I got going, anyway my email is, I'll try and send you a outline of what my training schedule looks like and what we try to accomplish
At 1:56pm on August 8, 2009, Travis Mulvaney said…
Hey Rick,
My problem is Ive got a gap between my young and older firefighters.
I understand that the older guys have families and other things to do,
but so do I. As a training officer I have to put in at least double of what
they do but they don't see that. We currently only require 12 hours of training a year and I've got some guys with no hours and it's August. I try to make things fun and try new things and I do the old routine things toobut can't seem to get them here. Any suggestions would be very helpful......
At 10:12am on May 5, 2009, Eddie Buchanan said…
Hey Rick! Thanks for picking up the book! If you'd like to be more active in the ISFSI, let me know! We need writers all of the time! Eddie B
At 8:49pm on February 8, 2009, Gary Rauch said…
Hey Rick, I just noticed you started on BI. That's where I got my start as a cadet and then part time. Spent about 15 years there before I got hired on Downers Grove full time and have had a great 22 year career so far. Got a lot of experience from that place. BE SAFE Brother.
At 12:33am on January 18, 2009, Chris Ballard said…
Hey Rick,

I'm in the same battion as Harding and should see him next day. If I see May I'll try to remember to pass it on.


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