Highland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Gadsden, AL
Years With Department/Agency
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
North Huntingdon Rescue "8"
North Irwin Volunteer Fire De[artment
Penn Township Rescue "6"
Harrison City Volunteer Fire Department
Edgewood Police and Fire
North Braddock Volunteer Fire Department
American Heart Association CPR 1979
Red Cross Basic First Aid 1979
Red Cross Advanced First Aid 1981
AS Fire Science 1983-1985
Extrication Technician 1986
Light rescue certified 1986
Heavy Rescue certified 1989
Certified Arson Investigation Technician 1992
Red Cross First Responder 1999
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To be there to aid those in need. When the husband of my third grade music teacher had his heart attack, I was angry that I didn't know how to do anything to/for him. (This was 43 yrs ago). I ran to firestation 36 to get the guys to come and help Mr. Zwergle. They couldn't do much for him. The ambulance took him away. From then on, I decided to learn as much as could about saving lives and the property of others.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Functioning as a member of large team proving life-saving, and property saving assistance to people who might not even know who I/we
Top Issues Facing Responders:
In a nut shell....Funding! There aren't enough available for the rural, volunteer, companies to purchase the state-of-the-art equipment that is available to the industry to. The Grants that can be applied for are, quite frankly, a crapshoot. You might get it, you might not. I would like to talk about this issue with some of our legislatures and see if we couldn't hammer out a solution to this problem. I in no way am saying that the paid departments are spared from this either. Their budgets are usually one of the first few to take a cut when they money starts to get a little thin.
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