Chief Jim

Sunday, January 29, 2006

This has been another long week tring to get things finished before having our ISO rating inspection sometime before the week of Feb 7th. If you don't know what a ISO rating is it is a inspection by the state to determan what your fire insurance rates will be. This week the guys and I worked and finshed the training files and started on the dailey truck check offs. We have worked on this for the last 2 days this last week. Over all it is going well I think, But only time will tell. We should be done with that area early this next week. I can't wait to be done with thing. This week we will be working late alot to finish things up. I want to have everything layed out so when they come they can just pick up a folder and move on down the table.
Friday I heard Josh talking on the phone and stating that he wished he could have came to a training burn that night so I told him to go and that I would cover for him. So off the went and Damon , Glen and I sat around and ate chili that Damon had made. I ate so much that I had to take a nap. We cleaned the station and then let smokie the firehouse dog in. She ran around and played. When I finally started moving again around 11:30 pm I was drinking some Mountain Dew and was holding my glass in my hands infront of me and smokie came over and started to lick the outside of my glass. If you know me I can't stand even some person drinking after me so you can tell the drink was over for me. I decided to let her drink some of the Mountain Dew and you sould have seen her with the bubbles hitting her nose. Well It gave her a suger rush and she sarted going like 900 MPH around the station. About then josh got back and I finally got home around 12:15 saturday morning.
So since I got home I have left the house a total of 3 times 1 time to go and get drink at the store, 1 time for a call, and the last time to go and pay my rent. The call was a brush fire just down the road and when I got out of car 18 I hit the lock button. I had to get Brush 18 to run me home so that I could get the spare key and get back into car 18.
All I have done all weekend was clean on the house, play on line.
Well everyone have a good week.
The pics are looking out from Mount Mitchell State Park in North Carolina

Sunday, January 22, 2006

This week has been a long week. It started tuesday morning after getting home monday pm from taking P to IN for school. Tuesday morning I got to work and started on the the ISO inspection that we will be having in Feb. It is the inspection by the State Fire Marshall's Office. It consist of maps, paper work, and equipment. all week we worked on the paper work mostly the training hours for the members. seemed like we would never get done and we still are not done with it all.
On Thursday night I called Brett and asked him what he wanted to do this weekend during his visit. He said go to "WWE". I went on line and found us some tickets and bought them. He very seldom asks for things and since I had a little extra money this week I decided that I would take him. Saturday morning I picked him up and went to Walmart and got some poster board. We then went to Jackson's western wear to find me a new pair of boots and could not find any that I liked. We then went to Ingles and did some shopping. We needed to eat this weekend. When we got home we had 3 posters to take with us to WWE. Today we went and watched the show. Brett really enjoyed it and we had a fun time watching all the matches. We took alot of pictures and I am going to print them off for him once I figure out how to do that. When we left and was driving down the highway Brett asked where his camera was and I told him that he had it and we started looking around and could not find it. He had left it at the civic center. He got a T-shirt, wrestling mask and a program while at the wrestling event.
When I got home after taking him home I started working on cropping the pics from this camera that I had. I found out that the camera that I have is not the best camera. It really ate the batteries and the pics was not the best.
P found out this week that she could walk with her class but would not get her degree till she finished early next year. She decided that she would walk with her class so I will be taking a road trip in June to NYC and then I am going to Visit family and Friends in Ct. I think I am getting excided about both. I have not been "home" to Ct in 8 years and I really can't wait till then.
While I was in IN a local family the Carvers had some bad news come to them. Their son Mitch Carver a pilot with the 10th Mountain Div had been shot down in Iraq. I found out on Tuesday after returning to work. On friday evening we all (the community) all paid our respects to the family. They had a service on Saturday for Mitch Carver. Today they flew him back toWashington D.C. with his family. 5 buses had been donated or leased by private people so that friends and family could go to Washington D.C. and be at Arlington Cemetery on Monday.
God bless this man and his family for he is a true American "HERO". He gave his life for all of us. So that we can do the things that we do daily like writting this blog.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

This is my first time tring this. Thought I would give it a try due to my sweetie that i just moved to IN that is going to Purdue Unv. for her last year of Vet school and my sister and family that does not live around me so that they could keep up with each other and not send out phone bills threw the roof.
I am the Chief of Leicester Volunteer Fire Department in Leicester NC. We are a combination Department with 7 Full Time people 2 per shift 24/48 and myself Monday - Friday. and 13 Part timers. We also have 24 Volunteers. I started this postion in April 2005 after working for the fire dept for 4 years.
I have been in the fire service since 1991 and EMS since 1988. I hold NC Firefighter II, NC Firefighter Level I and II Instructor, NC EMT-Intermediate along with several other certifactions.
I am a member of the NC National Gaurd I hold the rank of Staff SGT with the 211th M.P. Co that is in Clyde NC. I have a total of 17 1/2 years in the military. I have served in Afgan and Iraq snce 9/11/01. my primary mos is military police and i hold a secondary as a combat medic.
I am orgaally from Ct and grew up mostly there except a few stops in Fla, NC, SC and then Back to Ct till 1991 when I moved back to NC to be closer to my dad.
I have several hobbies that i like doing hiking, camping, letterboxing, and working on my family history to name a few.
I have a 10 year old son name Brett that is the joy of my life. I enjoy every minute that I get to spend with him. He also enjoys Letterboxing and goes by the name of Bratt the Trail Rat. He got Btatt from his grandfather that had called him Bratt instead of Brett and Paula started calling him Trail Rat while letterboxing at the Tarheel gatjering this last Oct cause he was up and down the trail looking for the boxs.
well you are probably tired of reading my short blog. And i am still tired from my long drive on monday. So its bed time