Meet our Members: Brett Clarke
This week on Meet our Members, we interview Brett Clarke!
CFR: Could you provide a brief background of your fire service career?
2 years in with Willis Point Volunteer FD (Victoria), Comox since Aug-2015
CFR: Was there any specific event that first interested you in becoming a fire fighter?
Living in a number of smaller communities around the Island made me realize how important the fire service was which prompted my interest in becoming a fire fighter.
CFR: What is your favourite part of volunteering for Comox Fire Rescue (or working in the valley in general)?
Being a member of a highly professional team that delivers a valuable service at a high level. For me it generates the same enthusiasm that I used to experience playing competitive team sports.
CFR: Outside of the fire department what are your interests/hobbies?
Outdoors - hiking, camping, off-road travel. The Ocean - boating, fishing
CFR: What are some major changes you have seen in the fire service industry during your career?
Having had a short career thus far my lense is somewhat restricted but a trend I see continuing is the improvement of inter-operability among fire service departments and emergency services: regional cooperation, communication improvements, expanding the scope of operational considerations.
CFR: If you could change one thing about the fire service, what would it be?
More/better training for all fire service members. I am privileged to be with CFR where there exists a strong training culture and facility. I would be a proponent of improving access to this level of training for committed fire service members everywhere.
Welcome to the team, Brett, and thanks for your commitment!