It’s safe to say it’s been one heck of a year, but I’m grateful we have all weathered the storm and my business has even grown in the process. On that note, I’d like to introduce you to my new associate, Mike Miller, who’s joined me to conduct site safety assessments around the country and beyond.
Mike boasts a wealth of experience and expertise, with a focus on incident command as a Captain with the Fort Wayne Fire Department. In that role he engages the crew and teaches them best practices for incident response. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Chief in charge of training at the fire academy for five years.
Instead of listing his credentials and accomplishments, I’d rather you hear it from him firsthand. Here’s a Q&A with him about his career and plans for the job:
Tell us how your career thus far has prepared you for this role:
MM: I joined the fire service as soon as they would let me in the door. I’ve been a firefighter for 33 years now and the last 25 years I have been with the Fort Wayne Fire Department.
Along the way, I started my own safety training practice and have been doing that since 2005. It’s focused on fire extinguishers, first aid/CPR training, hazardous materials, and confined space entry. I love to teach people and help them understand how and why they can make their world a safer place.
What special skills or expertise do you bring to the job, in your opinion?
MM: My experiences as an Assistant Chief forced me to look at situations from the big picture point of view. On large incidents, my role was not with what was happening at that moment, but what could happen in the next hour and how that would be dealt with. This translates to the fact that I don’t just see a code violation at a facility, but I see what would happen if that violation started or contributed to a fire.
What excites you about coming on board to the IC Fire Prevention team?
MM: The challenge. I’m excited about being in the industry, seeing how the scrap industry operates and then being able to make it a safer place through fire prevention education. In all of my jobs, I’ve always been able to make a difference in people’s lives, whether it’s from the fire department standpoint, or the teaching standpoint. And now from the fire prevention assessment standpoint, I’m concerned with how we can prevent bad stuff from happening.
What’s your life like outside of work?
MM: I’ve been married for 27 years and have two adult daughters. We live in south-central Fort Wayne and love the way the area is developing. My wife and I enjoy the restaurant options, riding our bikes, and live music.
I believe Mike will be a great asset to my company as awareness grows and I need to be in more places. I will still have hands on every report and discuss each site visit with Mike, but it’s great to know that I have his experienced eyes on the ground to further our mission.
Please join me in giving Mike a warm welcome!
Yours in fire safety,