Monday, September 10, 2012


This being my first blog wanted to introduce myself.

My name is Chris Willis I am a firefighter/emt up in northern Kentucky just outside of Cincinnati Ohio (in between Cinci and Lexington). I got my start thru the explorer program which for those of you who do not know what that is I will explain. The Explorer program is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America essentially it is a co-op program. I started in 2002 as an explorer and in that amount of time (2002 to present) I have obtained the rank of Station Captain, and Explorer advisor. I obtained my NREMT just a few years ago, along with all my NIMS, BSAR, and Hazmat Ops Certification.
I have had a few mentors that have really made me what I am today. The first of which is my dad (my station chief at that) without him I would not even me in the fire service I really want to thank him for introducing me to the greatest job in the world, he was always there to give advice to me when I was a young company officer and was always there for me thru the EMT program, and some of the mistakes I made as a company officer, and as a firefighter in general, thanks dad. Another one is my good friend Eddie Crews from Lexington Fire Department here in Ky. Eddie has been a huge mentor for a young guy wanting to be the best at this job. Always willing to share his knowledge and swap stories. The main thing with Eddie is Eddie always has his ears open Eddie is the very definition of a mentor in the fire service thank you Capt.
The next guy I want to mention is VERY WELL KNOWN Chief John Salka, he is the reason I am writing. And the reason I am likely so hung on engine work.
The Good Lord and the ability he has given me to be able to run and help people and for everything I have accomplished in life are due to him.
There are so many more like Bill Gustin, Aaron Fields and many more.
So now you may be asking what kind of stuff am I going to be typing about? Well being I am in small rural volunteer department I am going to be writing about rural issues like tender specs and such, you can expect to see a lot about training and drilling with the guys and girls, expect a lot about modern studies like the one the FDNY just did and how that effects the rest of us rural and suburb fire fighters. One thing before I sign off here is PLEASE feel free to contact me with any issues, concerns, questions, comments, or topics you would like discussed. In short just give me a shout out : ) 
Until next time
Stay Low and Stay safe

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