Mike joined the fire service in 1984 at the South Haven Volunteer Fire Department in Portage Township Indiana. He served there as an EMT/Firefighter for two years before moving to neighboring Union Township in 1986.
At Union, where Mike served for 10 years, he was promoted to driver after serving his obligatory first year. Soon after Mike was promoted to the position of Lieutenant where he served for one year before taking the position of Safety Officer. He served in that position for two years and was once again moved to a line Lieutenant's position.
During Mike's time with Union he also served concurrently with the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department in Indianapolis, IN. He spent two years with Wayne before the time commitment became untenable.
Mike continued his career with Union, promoting to the rank of captain and ultimately retiring as Assistant Chief.
Mike and his family moved to Texas in 1997 where, due to work and other commitments, he was unable to find a Fire Department home. So he settled into retirement from the fire service.
In 2006, Mike's son Brian asked if he could join The Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department. Mike's wife thought it might be a good idea if he joined as well to keep an eye on their then 16 year old son.
Mike joined Atascocita and within 12 months had been promoted to Engineer/Operator. He has also served the Department as Safety Lieutenant and Administrative Captain. In July of 2010, Mike accepted the position of Assistant Chief of Fire and Rescue.
When Mike left Indiana held a Master Firefighter certification. Through hours and training he was awarded a State Firemen's and Fire Marshal's Association (SFFMA) certification level of Advanced. Mike also holds a SFFMA Instructor 1 certification.
In December of 2009, Mike sat for the SFFMA Accredited exams for each level, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced all in one day and achieved each.
In December of 2010, Mike tested for the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) Basic Firefighter certification and passed. He has also completed the TCFP Fire Officer 1 course.
In the Spring of 2011, ESD#46 conducted a nationwide search for a Deputy Fire Chief. Mike participated in the process, was interviewed, offered the position and accepted and has been serving in that capacity since July.
Mike is dedicated to the continuous improvement of the fire service in general and the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department specifically.
He wants the residents of ESD #46 to know that the department will always strive to achieve a higher level of competency and skill. He also wants them to know that the members will always be there when needed.
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