Fire Chief Blogs His Way Through Fire Academy Experience

St. Paul MN Fire Chief Tim Butler is blogging about his fire academy experiences

St. Paul MN Fire Chief Tim Butler is blogging about his fire academy experiences

I don’t remember how and when I stumbled across this particular blog, but it’s a good one.

St. Paul, Minnesota Fire Chief Tim Butler has written a blog about his experiences with the fire department since being appointed to the position two years ago. What’s so unique about this chief’s blog is that it details his adventures in participating in the latest recruit academy executed by the fire department.

The chief indicated early on after his appointment that he fully intended to experience everything his firefighters have experienced. In that vain, he prepared himself for and is actively engaged in the academy.

I was very impressed with his attitude as he wrote “We (sic) must share a common bond – a common culture – and a shared base of experience and perspective. We all must be confident in each member’s ability to operate safely and effectively on an incident scene or when representing our department to the public.”

Not only is he hanging it out on the line for all of his firefighters to see if he’s got the right stuff to be considered one of their own, but he’s exposing his fire academy laundry for the public to see through his blog. Both take a lot of guts for a 50-year old fire chief and I give him a lot of credit.

It’s good reading and contains fire service and life lessons for all of us. Check out “On Scene with Car 1.” See for yourself.

Start by reading the intro to the academy:

  • Instruction video with Fire Chief Joe Lowe


    You know that many children will be burned this holiday season — home from school, parents busy, combustibles like Christmas trees and decorations, etc. — yet children do not have to suffer the effects of severe burns. Period.

    Below is the press release received by your congress, politicians and national media — these cases are real people from the flood of burn victims taken care of in recent weeks since our national radio broadcast. People in most every state across America have already experienced pain gone in minutes, the burn gone in hours — not a “product,” but a free service, in exchange for feedback/ independent documentation of results. Please check out the website,, particularly the case reports as new cases keep coming in daily.

    We are going as fast as we can to get this into public hands — Fire fighters, paramedics and Mothers need to know what to do BEFORE the holidays. Children account for 2/3 of US burn victims annually and doubling at this time of year. We repeat — Children no longer have to suffer the effects of severe burns.

    Help us help the children….


    Fireburndoctor Team

    P.S. Your politicians, elected officials, and reporters throughout America have been alerted. There is no time for your “disbelief” anymore and no excuse NOT to do this. Doing nothing is now a negligence. Any journalist, mother, and fire fighter can easily call in an unofficial burn test and see/film it for themselves.
    Instant Burn Recovery Shocks Americans
    “My family and I are freakin out, I burned my hand a few hours ago and now I am pain free and healing is well on its way. I am a paramedic and my wife is an ER nurse. We are both speechless in my recovery. Don't hesitate, this works.” JLM, Washington,12/3/09.

    All he did was call Fireburndoctor at 1-818-332-6445. No pain, no grafting, no scarring. No risk — FREE processing is in addition to normal medical procedures. Just call on your way to the hospital.

    Call, text or email medical doctor Joseph, within 30 minutes of burn, with 5 pieces of information: TIME of burn, NAME, DATE of birth, PLACE of birth and, if possible, a PHOTOGRAPH, any photograph, of the burn victim (not the burn) to [email protected].

    STOPPING the effects of burns now…. Proof is pouring in as astonished Americans reap the results of calling in burn cases to medical doctor Joseph at 1-818-332-6445. Pain is gone in minutes… skin back to normal in record time. TELL ALL, especially the Firefighters, paramedics and MOTHERS.

    STICK THIS NUMBER EVERYWHERE, where you will see it first in a burn emergency: Cell phones, refrigerator door, car, backpacks, websites, etc.

    Call in a burn case — minor or the most severe — and watch (video) what happens. Remote intervention is done from a distance anywhere in the world. No conflict with HIPPA regulations — Dr. Joseph is a medical doctor who can lawfully receive information on any patient. Easy to learn – fire fighters and EMTs in every American city can be trained in less than an hour.

    Contact Person: Alison McDermott, 818-569-9072, [email protected].
    Instant Burn Recovery video with Fire Chief Joe Lowe (friend of medical Dr. Joseph)

    MORE reports on
    In the kitchen on Thanksgiving day, just ready to sit down with his family for the great turkey feast, Dale from Ohio dished out the boiling hot gravy directly from the burner onto his mountain of mashed potatoes… and missed! The gravy poured onto his hand, his paper plate buckled and it was all he could do to keep his dinner from crashing to the floor. Hollering that the pain was making him sick, he remembered he had the Fireburndoctor number in his cell phone. He called within minutes of being burned and got instant results. By the time the Fireburndoctor Team called him back a few minutes later, his pain level had already dropped from an 8 or 9 — on a scale of 1-10 — to a 1, and the redness was already going away. He was the first to say, “How'd you guys do that!.” Read Dale's full story on under Burn Case Reports.

    “I picked up an extremely hot skillet with my right hand. I did not think immediately to call the Fire Burn Doctor. Went by the refrigerator where I have your phone number posted and decided to call. I called the phone number and, at 7:06 p.m., I received a call from your center. By 7:15 the pain had subsided [from a 7-8 on a scale of 1-10] to the point that it was not throbbing any more. Now all I have is a faint white spot the size of a dime compared to the red spot before the size of a dollar coin. These results are magnificent. It is miraculous. I will recommend this to everybody that I come in contact with. Thank you so much.” from MDS, Costa Rica, 12/5/09.

    “I called earlier for my [7 year-old] son who burnt his finger at dinner on a hot pan. Wanted to say thank you and that within minutes the pain and swelling was gone! No blistering or anything! Thank you, again.” From JMC, Kentucky, 12/3/09.

    On Monday, November 30th, AC called from Idaho to report that her 2 year-old boy had stopped crying and, “the redness and swelling have gone way down, he's acting normal now.” When he grabbed the metal from the fireplace, blistering and swelling had started from the fingers, across the palm and down to the wrist. All gone within an hour. AC, Idaho, 11/30/09.

    From California to Alabama, shocked but grateful Americans called back after Thanksgiving weekend to Fireburndoctor to tell what happened after he took care of their burns. “How did you guys do that!” “That's really cool!” “The pain's completely gone… in minutes!” “All the redness is going away!”

    PROOF continues to pour in — at 100% success rate — as astonished Americans reap the amazing results of calling in burn cases to medical doctor Joseph following a national radio interview on Coast to Coast on November 21st when former nurse Alison McDermott explained the practical protocol of this ancient science and advanced technology and told listeners exactly what to do in case of burns —
    CALL, immediately, on the way to the hospital:

    1-818-332-6445 [email protected]

    Instant Burn Recovery PSA video with Fire Chief Joe Lowe – “Rush when you burn yourself, rush!”

  • great info!!
    thanks for sharing this with me.
    I am trying to make sure i keep my family safe.

  • Hi,
    This is a wonderful thing that he has done I am sure it has taken a lot of work.
    And i just want to say thank you for you wonderful long hard hours of work.

  • Hi,
    This is a wonderful thing that he has done I am sure it has taken a lot of work.
    And i just want to say thank you for you wonderful long hard hours of work.