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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Shelburne, Vermont
Years With Department/Agency
Dept. Web Site:
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Charlotte (VT) Fire and Rescue Services
Vergennes (VT) Area Rescue Squad
Bolton Valley (VT) Ski Patrol
Vermont State Firefighters Association (President)
My Training:
State Fire Instructor
HazMat Technician
About Me:
After 20+ years in EMS I am now concentrating on Fire Service (the departments are seperate in my town), as I found there are not enough hours in the day for both. I am president of our state organization and an instructor for the Vermont Fire Academy. That along with being a member of the State Hazmat Response Team take up most of my "spare" time!

I was also a 911 Dispatcher for various police and fire departments for about 20 years. I have the utmost respect for the tough and underappreciated job that they do!
Day Job:
Gas Company Compliance Administrator
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I started as a ski patroller, following in my father's footsteps. I then followed him into serving on an ambulance. After working closely with the fire service I joined the fire department (and my father followed me into firefighting!).
Why I Love Fire/EMS
the comaraderie throughout the public safety community.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Recruitment & Retention
Safety and Health of Responders

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Let's Help a Brother Firefighter

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 11:10am 0 Comments

For the past couple weeks I have been working with someone from the National Marrow Donor Registry to encourage Vermont firefighters to join the registry in support of Firefighter Chris Fretta of the Castleton (VT) Fire Department. It occurred to me this morning that this information needs a wider audience. There has been information on the Nation in the past about the registry, but perhaps it's time for another reminder!

Help Chris & Others!

Chris Fretta, 24, a…

Lessons Learned

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 5:02pm 3 Comments

Okay, so I've been here for a long time (in FFN terms anyway) and have yet to make a blog post. I'm going to cheat and use a part of the speech that I gave Saturday night when I was installed as President of the Vermont State Firefighters Association....

There are many lessons that I have learned over the span of my fire service career. I’d like to share a couple of them with you.

The first is “don’t run”. We all know, or should know, that running on the scene is to be… Continue

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At 2:12pm on November 8, 2009, Lou Sclafani said…
I created a new Group here on FFN that you might be interested in joining, Snow Skiing Firefighters. Would love to have you join.
At 8:49am on February 20, 2009, Wade Lawrence said…
do you know were to find info on Vermont/New Hampshire Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland ? We have looked online, didn't find web site ?
At 10:03pm on February 8, 2009, Tiger Schmittendorf said…
Hi Kristy -

Any chance you can send me your state magazine via e-mail to If not, let me know and I'll send you a mailing address if you don't have one. Thanks.

Stay safe. Train often.
At 1:22am on December 7, 2008, ROB ELLIOTT said…
hey there kristey hope your safe and well i have just left the fire rescue department now i have just been excepted to the emergency services and start my training at the end of january next year.

i have just started colloecting patches and was wondering if your able to send me some patches and i will send some back to you when i have recieved them in the post here is my postal address.

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At 8:48pm on November 23, 2008, Chrissie Whitaker said…
hey. the 911 centere is now in Monticello, which is west of Canton. they've only been there since May 2003. I've been working there for almost two years and i love it. when did you go to Culver? I have a friend that's on the fire department in LaGrange that used to go there. good to hear from you, stay safe and hope to hear back soon.
At 7:24pm on November 22, 2008, Wade Lawrence said…
Congratulations on your election as President
At 11:43am on August 20, 2008, Debi said…
Hello! Wow Pres of VSFA! You go girl!
At 10:35pm on August 19, 2008, Grant Kennedy said…
Hi Kristy! Sorry it took so long to reply!!! Yes we finaly dried out and the big creek is back to normal pool! Yeah Be safe have fun ttyl.
At 7:01pm on August 18, 2008, Norman E. Flanders said…
Hi Kristy, I just wanted to say.....Congrat's again on your being the first woman Pres. of the VSFA. I know you'll do a great job. I wish you the best of luck and I'm looking forward to working with you as one of Rutland counties reps. to the VSFA.
At 6:53am on August 13, 2008, Brian Savage said…
I just wanted to extend my congratulations on your election as President of the VSFA.

Your election was very well earned and much deserved. Best of luck in your forthcoming term.


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