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Qualified or Certified - Which is more important?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by David Rhodes Sep 20, 2008.


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Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Strategic Planning
Professional Qualifications:
Ga. Smoke Diver
Type III IC Georgia AHIMT
Technical Rescue
Task Force Leader Georgia Search & Rescue (USAR)
Safety Officer
Topics you provide training for:
Firefighter Survival
Incident Management
Technical Rescue
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Incident Command
Logistics Managment
Technical Rescue
Firefighter Survival
Firefighter Safety
23-year fire service veteran currently serving as a Battalion Chief with the
City of Atlanta Fire Department. He is a Chief Elder for the Georgia
Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors
Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board, a Hands-on-
Training Coordinator for the FDIC conferences, an Editorial Advisor
and author for Fire Engineering Magazine, and adjunct instructor for
the Georgia Fire Academy. David was the keynote speaker at the
FDIC 2000 and FDIC West 2000 conferences. He has several
published articles and the video, “Marketing the Mission” from
PennWell publishing.
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In April of 1999, Atlanta Firefighter Matt Mosley captivated the nation’s attention when he hung from a rope attached to the belly ring of a Jet Ranger helicopter. His mission was to…


Posted on September 9, 2008 at 1:38pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:26pm on March 20, 2009, Jenn Ross..aka "J-RO" said…
Hey there, hope to see you in indy. HOpefully you wont be working to hard...LOL jenn
At 11:36pm on January 2, 2009, Rick Lasky said…
...hang in there brother. I'm in on the night of the 24th about 1930 hours, then out right after class Sunday. Would be nice to see ya brother.

Be safe
At 5:44pm on January 1, 2009, Rick Lasky said…
Have a great 2009 Cod!!

Love ya pal, be safe!

At 11:34am on November 27, 2008, Jenn Ross..aka "J-RO" said…
Happy Thanksgiving Chief........ is it warming up in atlanta yet? Jenn
At 9:12am on October 10, 2008, Jenn Ross..aka "J-RO" said…
Hey Chief, Just checking in seeing how your doing, hoping everything good.. Hows the great city of Atlanta? The airlines given me alot of time off the last few months, which have been very well needed. See you in INDY..
At 11:39am on September 22, 2008, Ben Fleagle said…
Hey Chief:

Reading your closing discussion remarks, reminded me of a similar experience in the Marines. I proved in Boot Camp that I could shoot Sharpshooter..... I had to prove it every six months after that.

Take Care, and Keep the Faith

At 10:14pm on September 11, 2008, Ben Fleagle said…

I hold you in the highest respect based on what I've read about you and your responses. I hope to run into you someday and hopefully gather some nuggets from you for my boys. What a job, huh! Its a beautiful thing!
At 9:18pm on September 11, 2008, Ben Fleagle said…

I understand your choice. In our town, its only us, and so there is no politics involved. The politicians are invited to say anything and generally don't come anyway. We keep it just among the firemen.

The Farthest North FOOLS feel that the ceremony, as simple as it is, must carry on. We have no color guard, only one piper and no fancy fanfare. But today we managed to show our younger firefighters, (many who were only 12 or 13 years old in 2001) how deeply we were impacted by that event. We haven't had a line of duty death here in several years and so this is one of the few ways to let them know what it means to us. People are still stunned to find out that a bunch of Alaskans care so much about things happening so far away. But that is what 9-11 produced for us.

I spent some time with my company this morning, sharing your perspective (without name) and encouraged them to follow suit if they couldn't come or didn't want to be there. And your right, it should be 343 - All 365. I really don't think there is a day that goes by that 9-11 doesn't cross my mind at least once.

KTF- - Ben
At 7:49pm on September 9, 2008, Stephen Hill said…
Awesome. Well said.
At 2:31pm on September 9, 2008, stephen webb said…
Im listening ! To you... on the computer !

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