Firehouse Contributor

Mike Wilbur / Tom Shand

Mike Wilbur has been a volunteer firefighter for 28 years and a career firefighter with the New York City Fire Department for 21 years. In the New York City Fire Department 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. 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.

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Tom Shand is a 37 year veteran of the fire service having served with departments in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. He has worked in the fire apparatus industry since 1985, including 15 years with Saulsbury Fire Apparatus and currently serves as a Regional Sales Manager for Seagrave Fire Apparatus. He is a contributing editor to Fire Apparatus Journal and Firehouse Magazine and works with Mike Wilbur developing articles and podcasts for the Apparatus Architect series and other areas of engine and ladder company operations.