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Matt Carlson
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  • Kalamazoo, MI
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Profile Information

Lives in:
Kalamazoo, MI
Department:
Oshtemo Fire Department
Title/rank:
Firefighter
Years of public service:
7
Agency structure:
Combination fire department
Top issues in your department:
Staffing
Professional Qualifications:
Hazmat Specialist
Instructor
Fire Chaplain
Topics you provide training for:
Hazmat Technician
Firefighter Resilience Training
Areas of expertise:
Hazmat
Mental Health

Matt Carlson's Blog

Firefighter Mohawk?

What's your take on a firefighter having a mohawk haircut? Does it matter? Why or why not? 

While at FDIC, many instructors weighed in on the importance of our appearance. Most of it surrounded the topic of the generation gap (Baby Boomers-Millennials). The newest generation (Millennial Generation) was cited by one instructor as being disrespectful and lazy. He went on to say "They can't even change a spare tire."

Another instructor pushed back on this saying we (Baby Boomers…

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Posted on April 22, 2012 at 12:48pm — 4 Comments

FD Calling Card

I became interested in military death and calling cards when my brother was presented with an ace of spades from a retired door gunner. The gunner kept the card on his person during the Vietnam war. 30 years later, my brother Waylon was a door gunner from the same squadron (HCS-84). For him, it was a huge honor to be handed the card understanding who it came from and what it meant. It's now framed and proudly hangs on his wall at home.

As you noted, after 9/11 the world changed for…
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Posted on April 21, 2012 at 5:25pm

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