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Michael Lee

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Michael Lee has 25 years experience in pre-hospital paramedic experience and more than 20 years experience in the fire service. He started as a firefighter/paramedic and worked up through the ranks, including training officer, to his current position as battalion chief with the Mountain View Fire Protection District in Colorado. Lee has a master’s degree in emergency services management and a bachelor’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University. Connect with Lee on LinkedIn.

From single-family occupancies, attic and basement fires to businesses and large structures, this guide covers ventilation basics based on structure type
When 11.7 billion gallons of water overwhelmed Colorado, fire and rescue crews answered the call — here’s what we learned
Oil and gas exploration is growing faster than ever and fire departments will need to be more prepared than ever for tragedy
Each situation will determine how and when these attack tactics are applied
It is the most inglorious of tasks, considering it early can save a significant amount of work for everyone
Vertical ventilation should only be accomplished when it is necessary, can be completed safely with 2 means of egress
When it comes to PPV, everyone has an opinion and everyone considers themselves correct
Anyone can try to make all situations fit only a single nozzle’s parameters, but this is a false supposition that could create safety issues for your crews as they advance into a structure
How seriously do you value your firefighters? If you have an elite RIT that trains for multiple scenarios, then you can probably answer in a positive manner
An effective RIT team should work together as a group and approach training evolutions in a teamwork fashion