Here is my version of the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation “Cold Water Challenge”. The concept is to challenge five of your friends in order to raise money for a charity of your choice. Instructor Mike Word and myself were challenged by two firefighters in Mississippi; Chris Johnson (Southaven FD) and Mike Hancock (Walls FD). If you accept the NFFF cold water challenge you donate $10 to the NFFF. If you do not accept you are supposed to donate $100 to the NFFF. I decided to challenge the Alabama Fire College, TEEX Fire and Emergency Training, South Carolina Fire Academy, LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, and John Russell of the Mississippi State Fire Marshall’s Office. We had a great time participating in this event and look forward to more of them.
Here are some pictures from our challenge:
Mike Word and Matt Hinkle
Matt Hinkle is a Staff Instructor at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. He has over twelve years of experience in the fire service and has served in many positions throughout his career including; Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer and Instructor. He has designed local and state training curriculums, coordinated regional training events, and assisted in the development of national training programs. During his service Matt has received several awards including: Firefighter of the Year (Lafayette County Fire Department), Fire Officer of the Year Finalist (MS Burn Association), Medal of Valor (MS Burn Association), and a Letter of Commendation (City of Oxford). Matt has received over 2,000 hours of technical training in many disciplines including: NFPA 1001-I-II (Firefighter I-II), NFPA 1002 (Driver/Operator), NFPA 1041-I-II (Instructor), Hazardous Materials Technician I-II, Rope Rescue Technician I-II, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Vehicle Extrication I-II, Search and Rescue Technician I-II-III, EMT-B, and Cave Rescue I-II.