Michael Wilbur has been a career firefighter with the New York City Fire Department for 27 years, and is also a volunteer firefighter.In FDNY, Mike was assigned to Ladder Company 56 for 15 years 8 as an apparatus operator and in 1995 was promoted to the rank of Lt. and is presently assigned to Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx.Lt. Wilbur also serves on the FDNY apparatus purchasing committee, and has given state certification to the FDNY chauffeurs school.
Mike is also a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine and Fire Apparatus Journal.He has also served on the IFSTA validation committees for the Apparatus Operator and Aerial Operator Manuals.
Lt. Wilbur in nationally recognized in Emergency Vehicle Operations, Apparatus Placement and Purchasing.
Tom W. Shand is a forty year veteran of the fire service having started his career with the College Park, Maryland Fire Department in 1970 while attending the University of Maryland. Over the years he has served with departments in Pennsylvania and New York and is a nationally certified Level II Fire Service Instructor.
Tom is a senior partner with Emergency Vehicle Response located in Otisville, New York together with Lt. Mike Wilbur, FDNY (ret.) conducting apparatus and vehicle fleet assessments for fire departments across the United States. EVR provides fire protection engineering services for municipalities including the development of master plans, vehicle fleet replacement programs, preparation of vehicle specifications, bid analysis and in-process inspections of new apparatus.
His work career included time with the Public Protection Department of the Insurance Services Office and twenty five years in the fire apparatus industry working in various sales and engineering capacities. Tom currently assists the United States Navy Fire and Emergency Services with their fire apparatus procurement including the development of all technical specifications and final inspections for all vehicles including engines, trucks, ARFF and special service units.
Together with Mike Wilbur they write the Apparatus Architect articles in Firehouse Magazine for the past fourteen years and conduct seminars at national fire service training conferences. Tom is a contributing editor for Fire Apparatus Journal and writes a column for the Navy Fire and Emergency Services monthly newsletter. He has written several books covering the history of fire apparatus manufacturers Hahn Motors and Young Fire Equipment and the Syracuse, New York Fire Department.
Tom lives in Frederick County, Virginia with his wife Jacqueline and continues to expand his collection of fire apparatus history with emphasis on vehicle design and engine company operations.