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Mark vonAppen
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Palo Alto Fire Department
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Paid fire department
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Topics you provide training for:
Leadership, Survival, Thermal Imaging
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MARK vonAPPEN is a captain with the Palo Alto (CA) Fire Department. He is a committee member for California State Fire Training and has contributed to the development of the Firefighter Survival and Rapid Intervention curriculums. He is an instructor for the Santa Clara County (CA) Joint Fire Academy and the South Bay Regional Fire Academy, a recruit instructor for Palo Alto Fire, a Fire Engineering blogger, and a contributor to Fire Service Warrior.
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A Long History of Short Memories

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Posted on August 27, 2015 at 1:30pm

The Long Road

By Mark vonAppen


Most all of us enter into our career in the fire service blind with ideology; thinking that we can master the learning curve and become difference makers.  We seek to augment growth, foster…


Posted on June 22, 2015 at 8:23am

Crew Expectations



Posted on May 18, 2015 at 12:26pm

We Don't Need to Whisper

By Mark vonAppen

Let's be real.  After all, that's what this whole Fully Involved idea is predicated on - honesty and trust. Without it, we have nothing. …


Posted on May 14, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

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