Frank lives in a house owned by the local fire district, which means he basically runs a one-man fire station out of his family’s home. He has a what’s known as a mini pumper vehicle at his disposal. (It’s basically a scaled down fire truck with medical supplies on board.) He’s often the first on the scene of a fire or medical emergency, but this isn’t his paid job. Frank is a shift superintendent at Clark Public Utilities. He’s also a volunteer fire and medical responder in rural Washington, near Washougal.
From disaster response to search and rescue, there are lots of emergency situations that depend on volunteers. These are people who commit to year-round training as well as being on call for a crisis. In our next installment of our On the Job series, we talk with people who volunteer to be emergency responders.
Have you volunteered to be a firefighter, first responder or part of a search and rescue team? What makes you want to do this kind of work? What stories stand out for you from your experiences as a volunteer? Have you ever experienced an emergency that brought volunteer responders to the scene?