Forcible Entry, Firefighter Survival, Truck Ops., Flashover Can, Live Burn and LP Gas
After beginning his fire service career with the infamous Newell VFD, Shawn joined the CFD in 1995. After spending 7 years on Ladder Co. 13 / Haz-Mat Co 2, he was promoted to Captain and "roved" the city as a relief officer for 2 years before being reassigned to the Training Division. The 2 year tenure in Training included departmental training and recruit training. He was next assigned to Engine Co. 12 before finally settling back "at home" on a truck company in Ladder Co. 23. During his career, Shawn has earned an Associates Degree in Fire Protection and a Bachelors Degree in Fire Engineering. He instructs in numerous topics including Forcible Entry, Truck Ops, Live Burn and Flashover. He authored the book "Firefighting in Charlotte" and is a member of the F.O.O.L.S.
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You may or may not be aware that Derry Fire Department, in Derry N.H have recently negotiated in their contract that 9-11 be a paid holiday for their members in lieu of Columbus Day! In addition, the Peabody Police Department, in Peabody Ma, are negotiating an additional paid holiday for
9-11! By definition, a holiday is something you celebrate, like the New Year, the birth of Christ, Thanksgiving, your birthday, not the untimely deaths of 343 firefighters.
I am sure our brother firefighters in FDNY do not see the loss of 343 fellow firefighters is anything to celebrate. To think that getting paid holiday is a way to commemorate the loss of our fellow firefighters is beyond me. Out of respect for members of the FDNY, I am trying to start a grass roots effort to have 9-11 be declared a National Day Remembrance. Don’t you think that the 343 firefighters would rather you throw back a beverage of your choice in their honor, on September 11th, than getting money at their expense?
Please pass this on to any fire department you have contact and cc a copy to Derry FD.
Battalion Chief Quentin Maver, Charlotte FD, 1st Battalion
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