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Piqua Assistant Fire Chief

Piqua Fire Department. Peltier
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • associate's degree
    Hocking College
  • bachelor's degree , fire safety and engineering technology
    University of Cincinnati
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PIQUA — Assistant Fire Chief Mike ...
www.dailycall.com, 8 Dec 2014 [cached]
PIQUA — Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier will be retiring from the Piqua Fire Department after 30 years of service with the community. Assistant Fire Chief to retire PIQUA — Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier will be retiring from the Piqua Fire Department after 30 years of service with the community.
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PIQUA — Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier will be retiring from the Piqua Fire Department after 30 years of service with the community. Assistant Fire Chief to retire PIQUA — Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier will be retiring from the Piqua Fire Department after 30 years of service with the community.
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Piqua Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier reminisces about the mill fire on South Main Street as he looks back on his 30-year career with the Piqua Fire Department. Peltier will be retiring in January. Piqua Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier reminisces about the mill fire on South Main Street as he looks back on his 30-year career with the Piqua Fire Department. Peltier will be retiring in January.
Photo Piqua Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier reminisces about the mill fire on South Main Street as he looks back on his 30-year career with the Piqua Fire Department. Peltier will be retiring in January.
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Piqua Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier reminisces about the mill fire on South Main Street as he looks back on his 30-year career with the Piqua Fire Department. Peltier will be retiring in January.
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PIQUA - Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier will be retiring from the Piqua Fire Department after 30 years of service with the community.
Before working at the Piqua Fire Department, Peltier served in the Air Force between 1977 and 1982. He also attended Hocking College where he received an associate's degree for forestry. Then he was hired in the department in 1985, under Fire Chief Bob Bowman. During his years at the department, Peltier also earned his bachelor's degree in fire safety and engineering technology from the University of Cincinnati.
During Peltier's 30 years, he said computer technology has created some the biggest changes in the fire department. "Big factor there," Peltier said. Peltier has seen developments in their equipment as well. "The pumpers, the vehicles we fight the fire with, they're faster, they're stronger engines," Peltier said. "We used to just use water, and now we use foam as well, that helps, too. Peltier explained that the fire department has also "diversified" in the types of emergencies to which they respond. When he began, they did only fire and EMS. Now they also do technical rescue, dive team rescure, HASMAT response, and more.
The most impressive fire Peltier recalls in his experience was the mill fire on Main Street in 2007. It was an abandoned building near the bike path. "That was a very big one," Peltier said. "You could see smoke for that for miles around. Individuals reported seeing the smoke from Lima and south of Vandalia. Peltier explained that it smoldered for days as there was not enough water to squelch it completely. The Piqua Fire Department kept it bay, though. "Biggest fire that I was in charge of," Peltier said.
"It's been a privilege to have worked for the citizens of Piqua," Peltier said. Peltier said that he will "most remember the people. Peltier's favorite part of the job has been, "The people I work with and the community, too," Peltier said. Peltier said that the community has "always backed us. Peltier called the community support "second to none. As for the individuals Peltier works with, "These guys do a great job," Peltier said. "They've made my job a lot easier."
Peltier is very appreciative of not only the community but of his wife and family as well. Peltier pointed out that he is very thankful for his wife Kelly's support and patience over the years of his career. Peltier explained that her sacrifices of taking care of the family and the house while he was away made it possible for him to do his job.
"The sacrifices the spouse has to make," Peltier explained, make it possible for the workers of the fire departments to do what they need to do. "They have to deal with a lot because we're gone a lot," Peltier said. The role of a firefighter or paramedic's spouse can be challenging as these individuals work 24 hours straight before being off for 48 hours, but they can still get called back into work during their time off. "I've always told her, this is her retirement, too," Peltier said about his wife.
"My wife and I are going to move to Texas for most of the year," Pelter said about his plans after retirement. Peltier said that his wife and he will be back in Ohio during the summers, spending more time with family in both Texas and Ohio. Peltier said that he will still a work part-time job as he enjoys working. His last day will be Jan. 25.
City of Piqua Ohio Contact List
www.piquaoh.org, 25 Jan 2010 [cached]
Mike Peltier, Assistant Fire Chief
City of Piqua - POWW's Great Miami River Sweep 2008 Photo Gallery
www.piquaoh.org, 12 July 2008 [cached]
Piqua Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Peltier (Left) and His Son Volunteered
While veteran members of the department ...
www.dailycall.com, 13 Feb 2014 [cached]
While veteran members of the department took part in the training exercises, a new batch of firefighters and paramedics who have not undergone the training played a heavier role on and below the ice, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier.
"We have hired some new guys and we want to get them in the suits and get them out there so they can get a feel for it," Peltier said. "So we want to go over that with them. For the older guys, it's more of a review."
The ice exercises are designed to mimic a real-life emergency situation and the department has participated in such exercises routinely over the last two decades, Peltier said.
While the department has never really performed an actual ice rescue in years, Peltier said the training is crucial in the event of a real emergency scenario.
In conducting the ice rescue training members of the department cut a hole in the ice and had one member play the part of the victim. Then other members of the department, armed with a pike or a ladder and safety devices, crawled out along the ice to rescue the "victim."
"There are certain ways to rescue a victim out of the hole or situation without getting themselves into any trouble," Peltier said.
For anyone who might be even just a little curious about what it feels like being submerged in icy water in the middle of February, Peltier said it's not as bad as most people might think.
"There is a chill all around your body, but you never go in above your neck," he said. "The suits keep you warmer because they are insulated, so they do a pretty good job of keeping you fairly warm."
Peltier said it is important for everyone to realize how big of a danger the ice is and said the best advice to avoid a potential emergency situation is to just stay off of the ice.
"My best advice would be to just stay off of the ice," he said.
Assistant Fire Chief Mike ...
www.dailycall.com, 11 June 2014 [cached]
Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier of the Piqua Fire Department receive a donation check from Danielle Powers, Exalted Ruler of the Troy Elks Club during a check presentation on Monday. The money will be used to purchase three multi-purpose pry axes for firefighters. Pictured with Peltier and Powers are Captain Chad Kennedy, John Vetter, Jim Schwartz and Doug Snyder of the Elks and firefighter Jim Drieling. The donation was made on behalf of Kermit Morse III, State Chairman for Community Service for the Ohio Elks Association Charitable Trust Fund. The Elks organization has a long history of charitable donations to the Piqua Fire Department. Recent donations have included cold-water rescue gear, Pro-Pac devices and firefighter self-rescue gear.
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Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier of the Piqua Fire Department receive a donation check from Danielle Powers, Exalted Ruler of the Troy Elks Club duri...
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Assistant Fire Chief Mike Peltier of the Piqua Fire Department receive a donation check from Danielle Powers, Exalted Ruler of the Troy Elks Club during a check presentation on Monday.
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Pictured with Peltier and Powers are Captain Chad Kennedy, John Vetter, Jim Schwartz and Doug Snyder of the Elks and firefighter Jim Drieling.
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