September 1999 Interview
Technical Advisor Mike Lewis was the 37th paramedic in the state of California.
He was due to get out of the Marine Corp (where he was a drill instructor) in 1967 and his father got him interested in the fire department. He set up an appointment for his son to have lunch with some firefighters and Mike went from there. He had one shot at the interview and test, since he was 29 at the time and the cut-off age was 30. In September 1970 he graduated with Bob McCullough, also a technical advisor for the show.
His first assignment was at Station 9, Squad 209, with Bob. From there he
went to Squad 43, where he stayed for 6 years. He was a paramedic for 9 years and then in
1980 became a Engineer, and had to give up the paramedic program. He retired in September
1997, as Engineer.
Feel free to email Mike with any technical questions, or any questions at all you may have about the show, or Sparky. He welcomes the mail.
"Sparky" is available to Fire Departments and others for Fire Service days or special occasions. The fee is reasonable and well worth the time.
Click on the thumbnails below for more pictures of Mike and Sparky!
copyright 1999 by Rozane
Corrections/addition for photo below:
For your records here is a class photo of the 3rd HGH class, all LA County FF. Class number 119701/71, July/November 1971. They are identified L to R as follows.
Top row: Two Dept. of Hosptials personnel (unidentified), Mike Lewis, Tom Douglas, Al Knight, Jim Easley, Bob Forsythe, Unidentified (suit), LACoFD Chief Deputy Stan Barlow (with papers in hand).
Bottom row (seated): Bob McCullough, Steve Jongsma, Ed Cooley, Ed McFall
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