Following in his father’s footsteps, Willie is a 2nd generation firefighter. He has 25 years experience as a Firefighter/EMT and has also held certification as a Nationally Registered Paramedic.
Following his years as a volunteer, in 1991 he was hired by an urban Department in Virginia where he quickly built an impressive resume and worked his way through the ranks to the level of Captain. Having served 15 years as a Company Officer, his assignments have placed him in a wide variety of companies.
Captain Wines currently runs or is involved with several Fire Service related Blogs / web sites to include Ironfiremen.com and FireProductReview.com . In his postings, he covers a variety of topics such as Firefighter safety, training, news, information, humor, product reviews, life as a firefighter and more. He does this with his unique style of writing while adding his personal opinion and, at times; sense of humor.
Partnered with Lt. Rhett Fleitz (FireCritic.com) he is a motivational speaker for the Fire Service. They are available to speak or teach on a variety of subjects such as Motivating Firefighters, Improving Morale, Firefighter Mental Health and Wellness, Social Media for the Fire Service and more.
Captain Wines is a member in good standing of IAFF Local-1132 and very active in many Firefighter Events across the Nation. He works with companies such as MN8-FoxFire to bring new, innovative and potently life saving technology to the Fire Service. He assists organizations such as The Fallen Firefighters Foundation, 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Committee and The National Firefighter’s Endowment.
He has been married for 25 years to his wife Donna. They have 2 beautiful (adult) Daughters, Randi-Jo and Reba as well as a grandson, Wesley; who is better known as “The Buckaroo” and can often be found in the pages of Ironfiremen.com