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Lives in:
Farmersburg, IN
Thunderbird Fire Protection Territory
Lieutenant - Safety Officer
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Volunteer fire department
Professional Qualifications:
FO I, Instructor II/III, Dist 7 Instructor, FOST, FF I/II, Advanced Industrial Firefighter Texas AM, Advanced Industrial Rescue Technician Texas AM, Advanced Search and Rescue. A bunch of others before computers!
Topics you provide training for:
Live Burn, Flashover, FF I II, Mandatory, Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue.
Areas of expertise:
Always a student, At times a teacher, Never an expert. ( I learn from each and every class I teach).

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At 2:51pm on March 4, 2010, Michael Haefner said…
That makes sence. Im glad it wasnt worn when that happened.

At 4:19pm on July 21, 2009, Todd McKee said…

Thanks for playing al the trivia on FACEBOOK! Take a look at the HazMat Placards to Sucess Group! Chime in BROTHER!

Your friend,
Todd McKee
At 2:20am on November 27, 2008, Katy Luetke said…
Thankyou for the comment John. I was having a really negative day towards my career and the fire service and your simple words of encouragement meant a lot to me. Thankyou and I wish you the best this Thanksgiving. I had a hard time integrating my first year in the fire service, but the next two years were awesome, and like I said I had an amazing crew and we all still talk to each other although we have all kind of spread out and most of us have left. I really miss those guys, and it's hard to transition to a new place when you had such a great work environment before. Anyway, thanks again :) Happy Thanksgiving!
At 12:43pm on September 30, 2008, Darren Sluder said…
I know what you mean, It seems as if we go two or three steps forward then something drags us back about four steps! Sometimes I get frustrated but as you said, progress none the less!
At 12:22pm on September 30, 2008, Darren Sluder said…
Yes, he did stop by and chatted a bit. It was good to see him.

How have things been your way?
At 12:17am on June 27, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Feel free to hang that at your firehuse. I have another one on my site at called I am a firefghter todd
At 11:49pm on June 26, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Just sent it to you
At 11:48pm on June 26, 2008, Todd McKee said…
”Where’s The Brotherhood”

Most of us have seen the television commercial with the elderly lady who says, “Where’s the beef?” Well, I am not that woman, but I am asking, “Where’s the Brotherhood?”

You hear a lot about the Brotherhood in the fire service, including about and how strong it is. Most of us believe in it, even though some only pay lip service to the idea.

Have you ever been in a position in which you needed the support of the Brotherhood but been left wondering where it is? Where does it go? In your own fire district, have you experienced the camaraderie that can stem from it?

It seems that firefighters in larger districts practice what they preach when it comes to the Brotherhood. They understand what it is and why it is so important to us. In my experience, however, this often is not the case in some smaller departments.

I have worked at several smaller departments in Ohio, and I have seen many of us speak of the Brotherhood but not act in ways that support it—and in turn each other.

Why is it so hard to act upon? Why can’t we all just believe in the Brotherhood and do what it takes to make our common bond stronger?

The Brotherhood is something you feel on the inside, not something can be taught in a classroom. It doesn’t go away when we leave the station at the end of a shift.

We depend on each other every duty day, but what about when we are off work? Is the brotherhood still there? Yes, it should be! Is it really always there? No.

The fire service programs are producing recruits every day who are younger and younger, it seems. These additions to our family often show up for their first day of work and treat firefighters with 30 years’ experience like they are obsolete pieces of equipment.

Why is this, and what can we do about it? Times have changed in smaller districts especially, and these new recruits know it.

Today, if a senior member tries to discipline a younger colleague, he is often called into his supervisor’s office and reprimanded. The superior officer tells the senior member to back off because he or she is afraid the new firefighter will file a lawsuit of some sort against the department.

We live in a lawsuit-happy society, and articles in firefighter magazines bear this out.

What can we do about this dynamic? In the fire service, we have gotten away from mentoring the younger generations. As soon as a new firefighter arrives for duty, he or she often gets teased, even harassed. They really are not welcomed; therefore they feel the need to respond inappropriately.

If those of us who have been around for a while would take charge and mentor the younger firefighter and show him or her how things are done in the fire service, it would change the younger person’s attitude.

I believe that it would help create a bond—let them in the family on Day 1—and show them what Brotherhood is really all about.

Instead of teasing a new firefighter about, teach him or her. Help show them the way. Who knows, the new person might end up saving your life on the job or help you in a time of great personal crisis. Lead them by example, and maybe the new member of your department will become the personification of what the Brotherhood means to you.

After all, we are all family, no matter whether we have one day or 20 years on the job. Let’s do our part to keep the great tradition of the Brotherhood alive.

Remember be safe and train, as training will save lives!

Written by: Todd C. McKee
At 5:09pm on June 26, 2008, Tom Fentress said…
I hear you, I felt that way about schooling I am tired of doing it, at least the book work, so that is why I have been doing hands on training more often.
At 3:05pm on June 25, 2008, Tom Fentress said…
Hey John,
Did you go to Bloomington Fire School this year? Myself and another member of my FD where there. He told me that there were some guys from your area there. Just wondering.

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