What is your occupation? I'm the Executive Director at a local assisted living facility.
Why did you join your local volunteer fire department? I joined the West Glenville fire department because I have always been interested in serving my community as well as being a fire fighter. I think that people who have the ability should always try and give back whenever and wherever possible. I'm so excited to begin this new journey!
What is your role within your department? As someone who is completely new to the world of firefighting, I'm just looking to learn as much as I can and ask questions about everything. I have so much to learn, but I'm eager and ready to learn!
What is one of your most memorable moments in the volunteer fire or emergency services? I don't have one yet, but I can't wait to make some great memories!
Why do you think it is important for young people to get involved with their local volunteer fire department? We need to continue to infuse youth into our department because we have such a fantastic team, but they're not going to be around forever. It's a cyclical thing and the more youth we can have in the department, the better off we'll be for years to come!
What contributions do you hope to make in your community? I have been on several boards and committees in my life. I hope I can bring that experience to the department!
Do you have any advice on balancing the demands of volunteering with your job/family? As with anything in life, balance is key - having a career, wife, two young children as well as volunteering can be incredibly demanding, but you need to make sure that you give enough attention to each thing and not have one thing over another monopolize your time. Anything else you would like to add? So excited to start this next chapter in my life!