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Oil Burners - White Ghost


Oil Burners - White Ghost

Test Question: As the first due Company/Chief Officer, you respond to a report of smoke in the basement of a private dwelling. With the cold weather settling in, you give early considerations to the possibility of an oil burner emergency. Your initial investigation leads you to believe you are dealing with a white ghost. With this thought in mind, what steps/actions will you take at the incident?

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Michael Terpak has been in the fire service for 35 years spending the last 31 years with the Jersey City Fire Department where he is assigned as a Deputy Chief and City-Wide Tour Commander. Throughout his career he has worked in the city’s Lafayette and Greenville areas with Engines 10 & 17, Ladder 12, Rescue 1, Chief of the city’s 2nd Battalion and the former Chief in-charge of the city’s Training Division. Terpak travels extensively around the country lecturing on fire/rescue topics and is the founder of Promotional Prep, a New Jersey based consulting firm designed to prepare firefighters and fire officers studying for promotional exams. Chief Terpak, who also holds a BS degree in Fire Safety Administration from the City University of New Jersey is the author of two best selling books, “Fireground Size-Up” and “Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics” available from Fire Engineering Books and Videos. Terpak has also co-authored a book with Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso titled “Fireground Operational Guides“. He can be contacted at (973) 726-9538, or

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