Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Aerial Basic Start - Part 1

Just a quick video clip on aerial setup. It was prompted by a question during training.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

FOTRUST PODCAST: Deputy Chief Chris Pepler

Deputy Chief Chris Pepler has been on the lecture and training circuit for some time now.  He holds the rank of Deputy Chief and is a 15 year veteran of the Torrington Fire Department in Connecticut.  My first encounter with him was when he brought the first NFPA Certified Electric Car Train-the-Trainer course to us in New Jersey.  His delivery was crisp and informing.  I have been impressed with him, since.

Having followed his career has given me a great appreciation for the Instructor and Fire Officer he has become.  Check out the short interview I was able to grab, during our time @FDIC.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

An Officer and a Gentleman: Captain Mark Lee (Deceased)

Gone but not forgotten... Captain "Markie" Lee will be missed:
The following is a clip from his local news outlet; followed by a short article I wrote.  Captain Mark Lee was one of the reasons I started writing th Fire Officer Trust Blog.  I wanted fire fighters and other fire officers to know the caliber and character of Great Fire Officers.  I can say, with out fear of contradiction, that he was one of the best and finest, I have ever had the honor to serve with or encounter.  He was one of a kind and in a class all by himself.

A Jersey City firefighter from Toms River who was called a hero for his efforts at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2001 died last Friday.

Capt. Mark Lee, 53, died at Community Medical Center, having succumbed to respiratory failure, his relatives told News12, in a report.

Lee, who helped remove rubble from the World Trade Center site after the terrorist attack in a search for survivors, had to leave active duty with the fire department by Christmas 2013, News12 reported, but organized one last Christmas toy drive before he did.

His family, the television station reported, believes that, like many first responders, their loved one fell ill due to toxins in the air after the attack.

"These guys went over there and did everything they could, and in the process it might have gotten them sick," Mark Lee, Jr., who is also now a firefighter in Jersey City, told the television station.

According to an obituary, Lee was born in Jersey City but had lived in Toms River for several years.

He received numerous awards as a firefighter and volunteer for organizations such as the Special Olympics Torch Run and Fireman's Picnic and was a Board Member of the FDJC Distress Fund. For the past 27 years, Mark led the FDJC Christmas Drive. He was named Irish Firefighter of the year in 2011.

Lee leaves behind his wife, Cheryl, and children, Jennifer Bimbo and her husband, Richie, Christina and Mark Jr., and a grandson, plus siblings.

Visitation will be Monday, May 12 and Tuesday, May 13, from  4-8 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Home, Jersey City. Everyone will meet on Wednesday May 14 at St. Paul the Apostle Church for a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass. Burial will follow at  St. Joseph's Cemetery, Toms River.

My Original Article from 2012 Follows:

Before we experienced Hurricane Sandy, I was writing a short article about a great Fire Officer.  Over the last few weeks, we have been busy, here on the East Coast; responding and recovering from the emergencies created by that storm.  We're back on track, now. 
Congratulations to Mark and Cheryl Lee.  Captain Mark Lee, was named Fire Officer of the Year, by the Jersey City Fire Department.  Mark is a tremendous Fire Officer and gentleman.  He is well respected throughout the city and department.  I have had the pleasure to work with Mark as firefighters, company officers and now as a captain in my battalion.

Whether at a fire, medical call, school drill, working with firefighters or being Santa Claus to so many Jersey City children, he is kind, compassionate and knowledgeable.  Mark possess all of the qualities, expertise and professionalism that a Fire Officer should have.  We have come to count on him and his crew on the scene of emergencies.  He constantly trains his crew and is proactive at incidents.

If we didn't have him, we'd have to invent him.  Congratulations to you, Cheryl, because I know that none of us are who we are by ourselves.

After all that has happened, Mark is right back to his old tricks:  making sure the children in the area have a great Christmas; that's after working the entire storm.

Well deserved and well done.