Thomas J. Poulton

Thomas J. Poulton is FireworkDoc

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THOMAS J. POULTON, M.D., is/was on the faculty of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Albany Medical College, Albany, New York, and formerly served as fire physician for the Topeka (KS) Fire Department. He has been an EMS instructor and fire-service training officer for many years and taught advanced technical rescue courses as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Kansas Fire School. A licensed fireworks display operator, he has been instructing about fireworks for many years and is a member of the Pyrotechnics Guild International.

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I became involved in pyrotechnics 15 years ago, when my son was eight years old.  He was very interested in fireworks and had read every book in the local library dealing with the topic.  I contacted a fireworks display operator where we lived and explained my son’s interest.  He welcomed us to tour his shooting area at our July Fourth city celebration.  My son was electronically gifted and he assisted with the wiring at the control panel while I learned about the hard work.

Years later, my son and I are licensed display operators and still shoot several shows together each year, assisting those who own their own companies.  All our shows are fired electronically, and many include music with which the show is synchronized using computer programs.

Thomas J. Poulton, M.D., USA

Thomas Poulton:
I’ll see if my son has any cool fireworks photos to send along. If you visit the Tora website and read it, you will learn that the program is a pro-peace platform which does not glorify war, but rather emphasizes how everyone loses when war occurs. I would encourage you to reevaluate keeping the link, but it is your website.

Wolfgang Ellenberger:
Tom, thank you for this argument, so here is your original sentence:

Thomas Poulton
We also help with the explosive special effects for the “Tora! Tora! Tora!” air shows of the Commemorative Air Force in the U.S. ( www.toratoratora.com  ).

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