Volunteer Firefighter



Madera County Fire Dept.

Feb 1994 – Nov 1995

Structure/Wildland Firefighter

United States Forest Service

Jun 1993 – Oct 1993

Wildland Fire Crew

Tuolumne County Fire Dept.

Jul 1991 – Feb 1994

Structure/Wildland Firefighter








Was lots of fun and exercise. In fact, it was my exercise well sort of. I would jog in the mornings in preparation for the Summer fire season. Wound up going on multiple structure and especially wildland fires. I personally preferred wildland because I didn’t have to go into burning houses, or mop up after a mobile home fire for about four hours. YUCK!  Those things are a mess after a fire.


Went on a lot of strike teams during the Summer. I would carry around structure and wildland fire gear as well as my code five bag (clothes, food, etc. for about five days).


The neatest fire was with the Forest Service where I was flown by helicopter up into the high country for a wilderness fire. We’d camp on a granite bowl during the night and fight fire and mop up during the day.


I was hurt twice during those four and a half years but that was two times too many so after recovering from the last one I retired when I also changed jobs and moved from the state.


Check back from time to time for stories and pictures as I find the time to write, scan, and post!


Firefighter Certifications


Jun 94

Wildland Fire Field Day

Oct 93

CPR Re-Certification

Sep 93

Low Angle Rope Rescue

Jun 93

USFS S-130 Basic Firefighter

USFS S-134 Standards, Shelter, CA Inmates

USFS S-190 Fire Behavior

Mar 93

Driver Operator Permit - Class A,


Jan 93

Driver/Operator 1A

Jan 93

Hazmat Certification

Nov 92

CPR Re-Certification

Jul 92

CPR Re-Certification

May 92

Basic FireFighter Academy (Classification: FireFighter)

Apr 92

Wildland Academy

Sep 91

Greenbook (Classification: Trainee)

Jul 91

1st Responder & CPR Certification