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  • Richland, WA
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Kate's Discussions

Paramedic: Classroom or online programs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Briggs Nov 28, 2011. 11 Replies

Class A uniforms

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Sep 15, 2011. 6 Replies

volunteer testing

Started this discussion. Last reply by DaveS Mar 7, 2011. 1 Reply


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Profile Information

Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Benton County Fire District 4
Years With Department/Agency
My Training:
Fire Cadet; August 2004-June 2006
EMT-B; grad August 2006
Swiftwater Rescue 1st Responder; July 2009
Fire Recruit; April 2011-present
About Me:
I'm your average volunteer who does what they love and loves what they do. Recently graduated from college with a Bachelors in Occupational Health and Safety and just rolling with the punches to see where all this firefighting takes me in the next 20-30 years. If you want to know more, look around my page.
Day Job:
Safety Specialist
Relationship Status:
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I loved what I was learning and doing while in my fire department's high school program and I didn't stop doing it.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
it never gets old
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Scene safety....BSI

I think we have all seen at least one of our own colleagues, know someone or have done it ourselves....jumping into a scene without totally screening the scene for hazards or wearing appropriate PPE.

Kate's Blog

Fire fighter REHAB

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 1:16pm 0 Comments

I am exploring the possibility of entering the side of FF Rehab while I heal from a knee injury last spring but I'm not sure how great the opportunity is. Last time I did rehab work was in high school when I couldn't go interior. So I'm no stranger but feel there's so much to learn about just rehab programs in FD. Our department is in the process of creating a medical surveillance program and with my EMS background, this would be something new and exciting to place on FD resume. But again,…


Introducing your new RECRUIT

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 12:32pm 1 Comment

After much anticipation on getting a final phone call from the Fire Department, I was told on Friday that I had been accepted into Recruit Volunteer school, Sunday was orientation and paperwork and last night was first night of Wildland school! Talk about fast paced! I found myself wanting to soak up everything I can training wise like I was 18 again! But this was not possible without the support of friends, family and FFN....so thank you!

CPAT in 3 weeks!!!

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 10:04pm 2 Comments

I just recieved a phone call today from a training officer inviting me to test for their volunteer ranks and found out that the written test is just 3 days before the CPAT and in about a month I would be starting recruit school. However I have never had to take the CPAT before because I was granfathered into my old department on that before they started requiring the CPAT in the district. I know what's on it and stuff but what is the best way to prepare for it in such a short time? Remember I… Continue

Firefighter 1 certification

Posted on December 21, 2010 at 4:32pm 4 Comments

Hey Guys,

 I have long debated whether I should pursue my FF 1 certification too. Eventually I would love to work as a Flight medic or a FF/Medic but I haven't totally decided yet. Until the next medic class cycle starts in Jan 2013, I have some time to to get pre-reqs and a FF1 completed. My biggest obtacle is finding the time to complete a FF1 Academy without quitting my current (non Fire/EMS) job. I've done some research on different FF1 programs and keep coming across this…


Career change....FF/Paramedic or Paramedic

Posted on December 8, 2010 at 4:15pm 1 Comment

Recently, I have enrolled in a community college that offers both Fire Science and Paramedic degrees at night. It works perfect with my current work schedule until I complete both degrees and make a career change back into Fire/EMS full time. Although I am stoked to do this, I just found out that the F.S. program does not include the IFSAC FF1 certification. I have long debated whether I wanted to go just into EMS first and later add Firefighting if that's where I fel I needed to be. The…


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At 11:21pm on April 21, 2011, Fabulous Heather Days of Summer said…
Just wanted to give you an invite to come join the new singles chat I started in the group - Chief's Back Room Crew - since it seems more people hang out in there on a daily basis - i wanted to give some more opportunities for us fun singles to visit with each other and gather up more of the wandering singles in this site - so invite your single friends and come join us... see you around the pages. Lady Heather B

At 2:19am on April 13, 2011, Justin Scott said…
congrats and good luck during recruit school
At 10:01am on May 20, 2008, Tom Eades said…
Looks like you've gotten a good early start on your career; that degree's going to come in handy when you make the move to administration!
At 10:37pm on May 1, 2008, Ron Maddox said…
Welcome to FFN. Be safe and have fun.
At 5:06am on May 1, 2008, Danny said…
Hi kate how are ya doing..Just stopped into say hi and welcome to ffn. I have a group for washington state firefighters and ems..feel free to take a look at my page and you will find it..Hello from Kennewick..
At 10:53am on April 30, 2008, Jerry Moore said…
just want to say hi
At 9:48pm on April 28, 2008, scott kauhn said…
welcome to ffn stay safe
At 10:40am on April 24, 2008, Rob Fritsche said…
welcome to ffn, stay safe
At 9:40pm on April 23, 2008, Jim aka Bick said…
At 5:19pm on April 23, 2008, Joel Swanson said…
Thanks for the ADD, Kate!
Have a great evening now!

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