Deputy Chief Training - Fire
I got a question from Blair O'Donovan what was my path to becoming a first responder Blair? It's very sunny day. Pardon the sunglasses. As I answer from outside, my path was not a straight one. I was a ski instructor initially and in the summer time when there was no snow that first year, I had nothing to do. And so I kind of accidentally fell into being a volunteer. Firefighter hat, did not have it stuck in my mind, there was going to be a firefighter. Totally by accident. Yeah, this was up, north in Canada, as you can tell, I'm in Canada right now. I met someone from California, move down to California, pursued, my professional career there again. Starting as a volunteer and then a reservist and then he paid reservists and eventually a full timer and then bounced around that way. Another part of my first response, life was being a paramedic in the United States. Firing and EMS run side, by side. Most of the EMS is run by the fire departments and so I became a paramedic as well, largely to become a firefighter to get hired as a firefighter greatly increase my chances. So my path was not necessarily a straight one and involved, two countries, couple of volunteer positions and now fire department number five, as I'm rolling towards being a chief. Thanks for the question.