About Me

Brendan Sheehan

Thanks for reading and sharing your comments. I am currently an Undergrad student studying Neuropsychology at the University of Waterloo. Within Neuropsychology I have a particular interest in sleep research including various sleep pathologies as well as the biological basis of sleep.
I joined the Fire Service in 2007 and served for two years with the District of Elkford in south eastern British Columbia. Elkford is nestled in the Canadian rockies and is proud to be the highest elevation incorporated town in Canada. EFR provides structural fire protection, technical rope rescue and BC EMA First Responder (BLS) medical services to a community of approximately 3,000 residents.

I have also worked for a metallurgical coal mine in BC and had the honour of serving on our shift’s Mine Rescue team. Mine Rescue provided almost daily learning opportunities thanks to the unique blend of technical rescue, industrial fire fighting and Haz-Mat considerations. Working within the Mine atmosphere also taught me a lot about scene safety considering the extreme energy loads. Any transport truck fire is difficult enough to manage, the situation becomes considerably more complicated when its cargo is disel-reactive explosives. Or the truck operates with 3,400 L of diesel fuel and 1,000 L of hydraulic oil.

In my spare time I have been mountaineering / rock climbing for three years. Besides being outdoors mountaineering is great for technical rescue practice. Although you are climbing with one rope instead of two it does provide learning and practice opportunities which I find increase proficiency at a rescue scene. I also am at the Practioner-2 level of the Israeli martial art Krav Maga. After completing my undergraduate studies I will return to the West to train as an Alberta EMT and subsequently EMT-P.

brendan_sheehan {at} hotmail (.) com

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