Served Since 2018
Ryan Eaton joined Central County Fire & Rescue in July 2018.
“I wanted to work for a progressive fire district that has a great relationship with its community,” he says of his decision to join the crew at CCFR, adding that he considers being a firefighter the best job in the world.
“It is a great responsibility, but making a difference in someone’s life on what might be their worst day is incredibly rewarding,” Eaton says. “Every day is different and presents new challenges, but through teamwork and ongoing training, I’m able to help provide the best possible service to our district and its residents.”
Eaton recalls one of his first calls as a medic, which involved a rollover accident and multiple patients in serious condition.
“It was one of the first calls in which I was fully in change of the scene. We had to utilize two helicopters and land them in the middle of a highway,” he says. “The call was stressful but went very smoothly.”
Eaton credits the constant training he and his crew receive for his ability to handle the challenges they face, explaining that almost every day spent at the firehouse involves some type of training in order to keep their skills sharp.
“The biggest challenge I face as a firefighter is continuing to learn every day how to become a more effective fireman in order to perform better during extreme situations and conditions,” he says, adding that this is one of his favorite aspects of the job.
Eaton completed his training at St. Charles County Fire Academy and St. Charles County Ambulance District paramedic program. He also has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from University of Central Missouri.
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Eaton has lived in St. Peters for four years and says he absolutely loves the community he now serves. Outside of work he enjoys playing basketball, working out, riding his motorcycle and spending his time with his girlfriend, Erin, and her yellow Lab, Maverick.