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David W. Harper II
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Dual roled firefighters. Continuing national trend or pitfall of the service?
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Good morning, 1.) What are the thoughts on dual-roled firefighters? (Firefighter/ Medic)  2.) Do you see this trend continuing in the future?3.) Does the community seem to benefit from this type of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by yang jin Nov 18, 2011.

 

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Lives in:
Gloucester, Va
Department:
Newport News Fire Department
Title/rank:
Basic Training Lieutenant
Years of public service:
20- Combined Vol. & Prof.
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Pay, benefits, dual role proficiency and young officer development.
Professional Qualifications:
ISO, Officer III, NFA Leadership series, numerous other.
Topics you provide training for:
FF1 & 2 for new recruits. Quarterly training for department. Mayday, Vehicle Ext. EVOC.
Areas of expertise:
Jack of all trades it seems these days.
Bio:
Born in Augusta, Ga 1978. Raised in Ravenswood, Wv located in Jackson Co. Began my career in the fire service as a Junior FF with Silverton Vol. FD in summer of 1992 at the young age of 14. Currently still on roster in Wv with Ripley Fire Department assisting on calls while I visit family back home. Went career in 2002 with Newport News Fire Department. Was accepted to our Technical Rescue Team- 2003, with a subsequent FEMA US&R appointment in 2005. Progressed through FF/Medic to Senior FF/ Medic 2007 and promoted to Lieutenant 2010. Looking forward to furthering my career to Captain in the near future and possibly Battalion Chief towards the end of my career. Wife- Kim, and son- Will, are two of my most notable achievements and honors to date in my life. They are my calm in this storm of life.

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Dual role firefighters? Still in the cards for the future of the Fire Service, or obsolete cost saving system?

Good morning,

 

1.) What are the thoughts on dual-roled firefighters? (Firefighter/ Medic)  

2.) Do you see this trend continuing in the future?

3.) Does the community seem to benefit from this type of service?  

4.) What draw backs to this trend have you noticed?

 

I am with an organization that has had FF/Medic's in our system since 1995.  I myself, am a cross trained officer and came in under this new program.  There have been several noted…

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Posted on October 14, 2011 at 5:35am

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