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Motivating Firefighters to train
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Ray McCormack May 18, 2008.


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Lives in:
Demotte IN
Keener Twp Fire Dept
Training Officer
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Top issues in your department:
Young Blood vs old blood in regards to training...The mentality that "We have done it this way for so many years why should we change now"
Professional Qualifications:
Firefighter 1/2
Hazmat Operations
Instructor 2/3
Tech Rescue
Motorsports Rescue
Topics you provide training for:
I set up all training for my dept. I enjoy teaching RIT, HazMat, and FF 1/2.
Areas of expertise:
HazMat, RIT, FF 1/2, Rope Rescue
I am 27 years old. I joined the fire service by a recommendation of a friend. He told me that I would enjoy this job. I became the Training Officer of my department 2 years ago. I like to train on all the new ideas of the fire service and be trained to continue to developed the best training for my dept.
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Bloomington Fire School

Hey Just wanted to say that I had a great time at Bloomington Fire School. I learned alot and would highly recommend to anyone to go and allow yourself to learn new and ever changing ideas.

Posted on June 25, 2008 at 3:09pm

Duneland Fire School

Hey Everybody,

Just wanted to talk about Duneland Fire School (Chesterton, IN). I wanted to give some much needed praise to my instructor for my Fire Officer 1 class. Scott Chasteen, chief of Greensburg Fire Dept (Greensburg IN) taught my class in a professional manner. I felt that he got this class handed to him last minute and probably didn't get all the information from Duneland Fire School. Scott made the best of it. He made sure that we all had the material, including the practical… Continue

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 8:30pm

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At 11:42pm on December 7, 2008, julio reyes said…
Hi we are a volunteer group in the coast of Veracruz, Mexico, we do not have economic resources that we have accomplished is to choose based effort to join efforts to buy old standard vehicles and turn them into ambulances, cap and put them inside and sirens, we want have the opportunity because we know that in the USA donate emergency vehicles like ambulances ask all the information possible thanks
At 5:44pm on June 26, 2008, Ben Marler said…
That's all anyone can ask, Brother. You can walk and talk with your head high. KTF
At 9:53pm on June 25, 2008, John Power said…
I didn't make it to Bloomington this year although we did have a couple of guys that went. I went to Jasper instead this go around. I was getting a little burned out after that. I took four classes from Jan through April and needed a break. I am studying to recert for my EMT right now. Like a dummy I let mine drop so now I have decided to retest. Go figure.

Be Safe

At 9:09pm on June 25, 2008, Ben Marler said…
Hey,Tom. Looks like you've been training you're @#$$!% off. That's GREAT. I just wanted to touch base withyou and see how things were going up your way. Take care, Brother. FTM-PTB
At 6:49pm on June 24, 2008, John Power said…
Southwest of Indy about 75 miles or 75 miles due north of Evansville. We are the little bump in the state about 2/3rds of the way down the state on the IN, IL border. Follow US 41 south just south of Terre Haute. Thanks for the ad!
At 6:04pm on June 23, 2008, John Power said…
Hey Tom,

Where is Demotte, IN? I live in Sullivan County, IN.
At 11:49pm on May 9, 2008, Dennis E Sampson said…
Tom ,
It's nice to see your commitment to training ! It is the back bone of the fire service as change is starting to take the place of yesteryear. Our future is based upon firefighters like yourself. If your right never back down,but always be open to constructive criticism. Glade to have you in the training community !!

STAY SAFE !! Dennis
At 8:13am on May 6, 2008, Mike Cervik said…
Hey do you happen to have some rough measurements on the training props you guys made? Specifically the low profile box. Just trying to get ideas. Thanks.
At 8:39pm on May 3, 2008, Ben Marler said…
Next time your in the area, give us a holler and we'll give you the nickel tour. I saw that you're a training officer, that's great! Keep the passion, sometimes it's hard. If you need any help, give me a yell. I work with a training company on the side, and come across some good ideas. I can't take credit for them, but sure take advantage of the info. Take care. FTM-PTB
At 10:45pm on April 29, 2008, Mike Cervik said…
Things are going well here. Hey how much did it cost you guys to build all your props? I've been looking into doing something like that. I'll probably do alot of dumpster diving.

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