"The February 2022 Volunteers Corner (Mutual Aid Plan) was exceptionally well done. Good information, well written and presented. Thanks for caring enough to share your thoughts. You hit a home run.
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Tom Merrill is a 34-year fire department veteran in the Snyder Fire Department, which is located in Amherst, New York (first ring suburb of the City of Buffalo). He served 26 years as a department officer including 15 years in the chief officer ranks, and recently completed five years as chief of department. Currently, Tom serves as a Fire Commissioner for the Snyder Fire District. Tom has conducted various fire service presentations throughout the New York State area. His presentation "The Professional Volunteer Fire Department" is based on the series of articles he has written for Fire Engineering regarding developing and maintaining a professional reputation in the volunteer fire service. The series continues today (27 parts to date) and the presentation has received great reviews at venues such as FDIC 2014, 2015, 2016 and Firemen's Association of the State of New York convention in 2015. Tom also hosts a regular series by the same name on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio and is employed full time as a fire dispatcher for the Town of Amherst Fire Alarm Office.
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