BILL ADKINS, a 25-year veteran of the fire service, is a captain in the Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department and a volunteer assistant chieftraining officer. He joined the Navy after high school and became a diesel mechanic and nozzleman for the “At Sea Fire Party” and “In Port Emergency Team.” He served two tours in the Middle East and was a mechanic for the Army National Guard. He attended fire school at Scarlet Oaks, where he became firefighter 2 certified; he graduated paramedic school at the University of Cincinnati in 2007. He is a certified fire instructor, aircraft rescue firefighter, rescue technician, swift water technician II, and dive rescue specialist.
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