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Michael Louis Kuk, Ph.D.
|Michael Louis Kuk, Ph.D.|
|Expertise||Highly trained certified firefighter and chief officer with over 45 years experience in fire service including 33 years as a fire chief|
|Current Organization||Fort Polk Fire & Emergency Services, U.S. Army|
|Type of Organization||Department of Defense/U.S. Army|
|Area of Distribution||International|
|University/Degree||Ph.D., Doctor of Ministry, Chaplain, Byzantine Catholic|
|Born||January 11, 1949, Clinton, Iowa|
|Honors & Awards||Many 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 Works||100 peer-reviewed articles, 18 books and manuals, 8 inventions|
|Affiliations||Numerous 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 & Sports||Musician (keyboards), fire memorabilia|
|Career Accomplishments||He 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 History||Vietnam 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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