1. Why did you become a firefighter?
Being a firefighter is in my blood. I was born into the fire service, my dad has been a firefighter for almost 45 years. Being around it for so long I've always had that service mindset as far as wanting to be in the middle of helping people no matter the situation.
2. How long have you been with the District?
I had the honor of gaining employment with CCFR in January 2012 after serving another community for almost 13 years.
3. What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is interacting with the people of the community.
4. What do you like to do outside of work?
I love spending time with my wife and three kids. Keeping up with all of them is a full time job in itself, but one I'm definitely up to the challenge for. I also enjoy woodworking and pretty much anything to do with building things.
5. What would people be surprised to know about you?
One week a year for the past seven years I've traveled around the country with a group of people known as Carpenters for Christ. We build a church somewhere in country in one week. When we leave after six days there is a building with trusses and shingles. It’s amazing to see what can be done in six days when you work together.
6. Describe a typical day at the firehouse.
Arrive at work before 7 a.m. then check all the equipment for our 48-hour shift. After everything is gone through we start either house chores or the daily training for the day. Then it is lunch time, then what ever was not finished from the morning chores or training. Much of our day is spent running calls and serving the community at all hours. After dinner, we have some down time, or what I like to call an ever state of readiness until morning when it starts all over again.
7. What are two things about your job that people would surprise non-firefighters?
When we leave for work we kiss our families goodbye for two days because our shifts are 48 hours long. The amount of things we are trained to do, we really have to be a jack-of-all-trades. When the bell rings we really don't know what hat well put on until we get to the scene and see what happened.