WOODINVILLE — Woodinville Fire & Rescue is adding three probationary firefighters to its crew. The new recruits must successfully undergo a 13 weeks course at Eastside Metro Training Group Fire Academy, and an additional five weeks of Emergency Medical Technician training.
The men with then have to complete a year one probationary training period with WFR.
“New recruits are always a welcome addition to the District,” WFR Chief Greg Ahearn stated in a Sept. 12 press release. “They bring a level of enthusiasm that is contagious to everyone in the organization.”
Two additional recruits are expected to come on board for the winter academy training sessions.
Meet the new recruits:
Hobbies: Snowmobiling, hunting, and backpacking
What brought you to the Fire Service? “I did a ride-along in Lake Stevens with a good friend who was a paramedic there. After completing the ride-along there was no doubt in my mind this is what I wanted to do with my life. I went home and immediately signed up to be a Cadet with Chelan County Fire District 3.”
Hobbies: Fishing and spending time with my family
What brought you to the Fire Service? “I thought it would be a good fit for the type of career I wanted to have. I have always wanted to help people when they needed it. I had an asthma attack when I was a kid and firefighters came out and helped me. That was my first experience with firefighters, and from then on, I knew I wanted to help people.”
Hobbies: Fly-fishing, camping, hiking, duck hunting, and spending time with my son.
What brought you to the Fire Service? “I have always wanted to serve the community. When I was in high school, I would drive past a fire station on my way to school, and even then, I knew I wanted to be a firefighter. As a former Federal Firefighter and Marine, I am looking forward to firefighting within a community and becoming part of it.”
Woodinville Fire & Rescue
Woodinville Fire & Rescue serves an area of approximately 30-square miles. WFR employs 57 uniformed career firefighters and 10 civilian administrative personnel. For more information about Fire District 36, visit www.wf-r.org.