LFC Blog: Welcome to the 10th Lego Fire Community Blog post! In this edition, we have the privilege of speaking with Matt Miller, the owner of Portage County Fire/EMS and a member of the LMFD. Enjoy!
LFC Blog: Welcome to the blog! Tell us about yourself. When and why did you start building Lego fire trucks?
Matt M: My name is Matthew Miller. I have been building with Lego's since I was 5 years old. I guess you could say my interest in fire trucks is because firefighting is in my blood. From the time I found out firefighting was in my blood, I always was looking at my home town departments fire trucks to figure out how to build them so I could replicate runs they had.
LFC Blog: Awesome! Lego's really are cool ;) Who/what inspires you to build?
Matt M: Well that goes back to firefighting being in my blood. Now a days after spending 15 years doing it I just sit back and build fire trucks.
LFC Blog: It's really cool to see real firefighters not only building really fantastic rigs but also replicating incidents complete with incident reports! What is the most challenging rig you've ever built?
Matt M: Tower Ladder 833
LFC Blog: Indeed! Aerialscopes are a challenge! What is your most favorite rig and why?
Matt M: Tower Ladder 833 - No specific reason
LFC Blog: Haha! I can understand that! Sometimes the hardest rigs turn out to be our most favorite rigs :) What are your future plans for your department?
Matt M: My future plans are to keep expanding up to at least 50 stations in the next couple of years.
LFC Blog: Wow! That is an ambitious plan! I personally can't wait for that to become a reality! What is the best part of the Lego Fire Community?
Matt M: The best part is that you get to meet new people and help others out when they ask for advice.
LFC Blog: That is very true! Making new friends and acquaintances really is one of the joys of being a part of this great community! How would you like to see the LFC grow better?
Matt M: Just keep what we are doing.
LFC Blog: We will continue to build bigger and better! Any tips or advice for new builders?
Matt M: It doesn't matter what your first piece of equipment looks like, you will learn from others on how to make the trucks that us older builders build. It takes time and asking for help doesn't hurt. Believe me I didn't build like I do now.
LFC Blog: Thank you for your inspiring words Matt! We look forward to seeing more of your work in the very near future! To the faithful readers of this blog, thank you so much for reading this blog! Martijn and I truly are humbled by all the positive reception you have shown us!
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