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Michael Louis Kuk, Ph.D.

Michael Louis Kuk, Ph.D. PhotoMichael Louis Kuk, Ph.D.
TitleFire Chief
ExpertiseHighly trained certified firefighter and chief officer with over 45 years experience in fire service including 33 years as a fire chief
Current OrganizationFort Polk Fire & Emergency Services, U.S. Army
Type of OrganizationDepartment of Defense/U.S. Army
Major ProductDefense
Area of DistributionInternational
University/DegreePh.D., Doctor of Ministry, Chaplain, Byzantine Catholic
BornJanuary 11, 1949, Clinton, Iowa
Honors & AwardsMany including, Awarded title of Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International; Certified in Homeland Security Level V by the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute; Associated Firefighters of Illinois Honor Guard Medal 1999; U.S. Army Civilian Firefighter of the Year 1998; Army Material Command Firefighter of the Year 1998; Medal of Honor Certificate, Illinois State Fire Marshal 1998; 2 Awards, Army Ideas for Excellence Program 1998
Published Works100 peer-reviewed articles, 18 books and manuals, 8 inventions
AffiliationsNumerous including, International Association of Fire Chiefs; President, Southwest Louisiana Mutual Aid Association; Board of Directors, Stitzlein Firefighter Training Center; Louisiana Fire Chiefs and Firemen's Association; Guest Instructor at various schools and organizations
Hobbies & SportsMusician (keyboards), fire memorabilia
Career AccomplishmentsHe has commanded fireground disasters involving military, municipal, marine, industrial, wildland, aviation, hazardous materials incidents, and weapons of mass destruction; He is widely recognized as an international author of technical, historical and inspirational articles and books; He is known throughout the Department of Defense Fire and Emergency Services as a master musician and is recognized as the world authority on Roman firefighters
Work HistoryVietnam War Veteran, Long Binh Post, directed a 21 man detail of Army firefighters, served as crew chief, then station chief; City of Clinton, Iowa Fire Dept., truckman, tillerman and one of the departments first EMT's; Chemical fire safety position in Lake Charles, LA and also Chief of Ward 1 Fire Protection District in Moss Bluff, LA; Fire Chief for PPG Industries in Westlake, LA; Fire Chief at Savanna Army Depot, IL; Transferred in 2000 to Fort Leavenworth, KS, Chief of Training; Fire Chief, Fort Polk, LA, 2004
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