Question: How long have you worked for NCFPD?
Question: Why did you want to come to work for the NCFPD?
Firefighter/Paramedic jobs are very competitive, and I had tested up and down California. When it came down to the decision, for me, it was the people that I had been exposed to in the fire academy. The firefighters from North County where always supportive and engaging.
Question: What do you like most about working for NCFPD?
The community has always supported its firefighters and that makes it easy to come to work each day. The people that I work with are more like a family than co-workers.
Question: What does a typical day look like?
Emergency calls can come at anytime of the day or night; and while you are engaged in your daily routine.
Mornings are busy with equipment checks and scheduling the rest of the day. Physical training and fire training are some of the most important things we can do as they prepare us for the next emergency.
Fire inspections, meetings, and grocery shopping usually take up the rest of the day. Of course, this all can change when we are on an incident, fire, medical, rescue, etc.
Question: Are you involved in any programs (explorer program/volunteer etc.)?
I am on the EMS training cadre, which consists of CPR, ACLS, PALS instructor.
Question: To the best of your knowledge, what are the needs of NCFPD?
We are always in need of the community’s support. At this time the District needs community support to improve our facilities.
The fire station is the backbone for the community and the fire service. Our fire houses need upgrades and improvements, so we can deliver the service that the public has become accustomed to.
Question: Are the conditions of some of the current fire stations hindering your work; if so, how?
One of the most important aspects of the job is speed. The modern fire service measures times in seconds. This means that anything that hinders firefighters from getting to the call quickly is evaluated. Modern fire station designs enable the fastest response, day or night, while providing safety and comfort for the crew.
Question: What are the consequences — with respect to the services being provided to residents throughout the fire District’s service — of THESE NEEDS not being addressed?
When evaluating the necessity of the upgrades required for your local fire stations, think in these terms: How does this affect me and my family today? Am I leaving a legacy for the future generations in this community?