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I am able to answer questions related to fire service careers, fire suppression tactics, technical rescue procedures, emergency medical services, as well as fire department management and supervision questions.

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I am a 19 year veteran of the Normal, IL. fire department and currently hold the rank of Captain. I am also a past member of the MABAS Div. 41 Technical Rescue Team.


Golden Key Honor Society International Association of Firefighters McLean County EMS communications committee


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I hold an Associates degree in Fire Science from Illinois Central College as well as a bachelor of liberal arts degree from Western Illinois University. My emphasis of study was fire and disaster response planning. In addition, I hold numerous certifications in firefighting, Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, and Fire Department Administration from the Illinois Fire Service Institute.

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2012-06-30 Fire and Emergency Service career:

To obtain an entry level position as a firefighter it may be more beneficial for you to obtain a paramedic certification. Many departments either require it or award extra points for having it. Paramedic

2012-05-29 CPAT:

Daniel,     If you have access to a gym you can accomplish all the preparation for the CPAT there. My advice would be to obtain a copy of the CPAT and then provide that to a personal trainer. He/she will

2012-05-14 U. S fire service:

Hi Chris,       The American Fire Service relies almost exclusively on competitive testing for new hires. Many departments either require or will give extra points for Paramedic certification. If you are

2012-01-19 Female Firefighters:

I'm not sure about the percentage of females applying but they comprise about 2-3% of firefighters nationwide. The majority of departments offer the same testing process for females as they do for males

2011-05-11 Conflict of interest:

I cannot speak to the legalities of this in the state of Connecticut. That being said, it is my opinion that this would create an inherent conflict of interest. Typically, the Chief is responsible for


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