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Mike Vatter

Mike Vatter has been a member of Lexipol’s Fire Content Development Team since June 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and juris doctor degree, and he graduated from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program in 1998. Vatter has more than 40 years of experience in the fire service and local government. During his career, Vatter has served as fire chief, deputy fire chief, municipal training officer, fire prevention and investigation officer, company officer and firefighter. He also has experience in the volunteer and federal fire service.

A detailed look at competitive bidding, asset management, equipment selection and tool training
Well-crafted fire policies are in the best interest of your department and will help reduce risks to the organization and its members
Despite progress to reduce fatalities, the rate of firefighter deaths due to cardiovascular events has remained unchanged
The July 1, 1988, fire claimed the lives of five New Jersey firefighters
How to implement mayday-focused policies in an actionable and relatable way that builds muscle memory for these events
The 12-alarm blaze resulted in the deaths of three Philadelphia firefighters: David Holcombe, Phyllis McAllister and James Chappell
While physical marks are easy to see, first responders also struggle with emotional scars, which are only visible to them
The 1978 roof collapse served as a wake-up call about the dangers hidden in building construction, specifically the weaknesses of trusses
Keeping a personal log or using an exposure tracker app could be the key to assuring cancer benefits
Summarizing the lessons learned from two investigations