Passion, The Job, and You
This is where it all beings. You get the but this is not just any job but a lifestyle. You have to grow into this career but how exactly do you do it? You find the "passion" that others came before you had and use it to infect others like an epidemic. Show that passion. You can make a difference and change the fire service as a whole. You can make "the job" look like a masterpiece. "YOU" the fireman can do this and can lead the way. You can turn this job into what we, the younger generation, used to hear stories about. They did this through "passion". "passion" is how this job is done.
Bio: Michael Torres is a 17 year veteran of the fire service. Mike is a firefighter paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department (Tower Ladder 34). He also serves as a candidate instructor at the Quinn Fire Academy. Mike is a captain and training officer for the Hometown, Illinois Fire Protection District.
Mike's life is dedicated to the preservation of tradition and continued development of the fire service. He serves as an instructor throughout Illinois. Serving for the Romeoville Fire Academy, Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and Prairie State College fire science program.
Mike is a member of Illinois Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team. In his free time, Mike volunteers for local charities and donates instruction time with the south side F.O.O.L.S. A fraternal organization dedicated to the fire service.