Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Cause my sister does!

I am starting this blog, cause my sister has one, and I thought it would be neat idea......

Becky calls herself "stalkermom"! I love that!

Anyway, I live in Winnemucca, Nevada and I work for the Forest Service. I am one of two assistant dispatch center managers at the Central Nevada Interagency Dispatch Center.

We dispatch Forest Service, BLM, BIA wildland firefighters to the Central Nevada area. Our area covers over 30 million, thats right million, acres of land from the Oregon border south to almost Las Vegas (Including, I LOVE THIS!, Nye County and Area 51!!!!!), east to Elko County, west to Washoe/Lyon/Churchill counties.

We are just now gearing up for "fire season" even though we have had several fires already.

How did I get here, you are wondering? Well, since you asked, I started out as a US Army Firefighter in 1982. I worked all positions in a fire department from "tailboard" to "Chief". I performed my duties in Alabama, Alaska, Washington State and Maryland. I also spent 11 years as an EMT at Community Rescue Service (Rescue/Medic 75) in Hagerstown, Maryland.

I left the Army in 1995 because I was stupid, and my wife wanted me too.

After I left the Army, I became a truck driver for a few years when I found my "second calling", and Ice Arena Manager! Yes, I used to drive the Zamboni!

After eight years, the arena cost me my marriage, then a great girlfriend, and some of my personal dignity, and gave me high blood pressure, and an 80lb gain in weight.

At or near the end of 2004, I wanted to get back into emergency services, but found out that the US Government that has a law against age discrimination, has a rule(or law) that says you cannot be a firefighter after age 37, if you have not started before...Anyway, to make a long story short, I used my experience in emergency services and ham radio, and became a dispatcher......

Three years later, I have went from being a "seasonal" government employee to a career supervisory dispatcher!

I ride a 2001 Harley Superglide, I have a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo. I like to ride, play craps, poker and many other things.

So as not to bore anyone, I will stop here and write later, as most people say they do!

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