CFR: Was there any specific event that first interested you in becoming a firefighter?
There was really nothing specific that first got me interested in the fire service. It was more of a build up over time by working in industries that weren’t meaningful to me. However, all my previous positions have been centered around service. By working as a firefighter, you serve others in the highest way possible, but it also serves ourselves in an amazing way. There is a big part of us that wants to serve the community we live in and by doing this it helps us become better in many different ways. Better people make better firefighters and this career helps improve both in our work and our personal lives. Working in business was certainly missing these elements.
CFR: What is your favourite part of volunteering for Comox Fire Rescue (or working in the valley in general)?
So far, working with Comox Fire Rescue has been amazing and I feel extremely lucky and grateful for this opportunity. I can’t pick out one specific thing to call my favorite as I have enjoyed everything so far, even scrubbing toilets. I have been very impressed with how up to date (or ahead) Comox is in regards to their facilities, training, tools, procedures, technology, etc. The members here are even better. Their reputation certainly precedes them and they are no doubt one of the most forward thinking departments in Canada and I am glad to be a part of it.