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My name is Jeff and my interest in firefighting began when I was in high school. I started the "Hadley Luzerne Fire Squad" in the mid 1970's; we consisted of students from all grade levels with a faculty advisor - Mr. Jim Corkland who was not only our English teacher but a member of Lake George EMS. All members received CPR, standard & advanced first aid training as well as emergency evacuation procedures for fire drills. Fire prevention was my main focus after my aunt, my cousin, her husband & their 3 children all perished in separate structure fires.
I was a member of the West Glens Falls Volunteer Fire Department where I've held the positions of safety officer, first lieutenant, captain, third assistant chief and finally first assistant chief. I was elected as vice president of the Warren County Chiefs and Officers Association and had/have memberships in the Fire Department Safety Officers Association, HVVFA and LAFA to name a few. Being very active in fire prevention, I helped write applications for FEMA grants which allowed us to purchase a customized fire prevention trailer from Serro Scotty. After collaborating with then Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, we were also able to obtain a state grant for a tow vehicle for the trailer which enabled us to transport it to other fire departments.
Always having a camera with me, I've shot hundreds of photos which have been published in the HVVFA Newsletter, Post Star, NY Post and Press Republican newspapers & have also been used by the Office of Fire Prevention and Control in fire course publications; the NY State fire calendar; fire/arson investigations with neighboring fire departments and the Warren County Sheriff's Department.
I left the volunteer fire service for a while and worked as a NY State Forest Fire Warden under Ranger Chris Liebelt and firefighting then turned to grass, brush and forest firefighting. I became a member of the FFLA - Forest Fire Lookout Association participating in events in New England such as helicopter water drops, and fire tower staffing.
Recently retired, I have switched to a video format. My videos have appeared on WTEN, WNYT, WRGB, Post Star, The NY Post, NFPA, WGN America, Good Morning America, Nexstar Media, News Nation, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight & the Rachael Ray Show to name a few. I also post videos on my Patreon page but also provide my patrons with access to all scene photos and entry to all free giveaways and other perks of supporting my endeavor.
A FAMILY AFFAIR
I am not the only member of my family to serve as a volunteer firefighter. My brother Ken served with Whitehall Fire; my brother Bill with South Queensbury. Bill's son has been with West Glens Falls, South Queensbury and is now with Queensbury Central Fire and his son Adam also with West Glens Falls. My cousin John served with Shaker Road Loudonville, my cousin Joe served with Gansevoort Fire and my brother in law served with Corinth Fire Department.
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Mt Hope fire tower - Sanford, Maine