Congratulations to Lisa for reaching 150 hours of volunteer service with the program!
Name: Lisa E.
Junior Firefighter Since: July 2015
How did you find out about your junior firefighter/Explorer program?
I found out about the junior program through the Public Safety Innovation Academy at my school.
Are you in any other clubs or organizations at school or in your community?
I am involved in theater in my school and I am a company member in a theater company near me. I am involved with peer mentors and the volunteer club at my school. I like being surrounded by other people and helping others.
Have you won any special awards in your junior firefighter program or in any other organization or club?
I received underclassman awards for Public Safety and Movement Science.
What do you consider to be the biggest accomplishment so far in your life?
My biggest accomplishment in my life so far was getting my license.
Why did you become a junior firefighter?
I took a Public Safety class at my school and it introduced me to basics of firefighting, EMS, and police. This class got me interested in completing the Public Safety Innovation Academy. I also decided I wanted to pursue a career in firefighting. My school offered junior firefighting as a summer class for the Academy and I decided to take the course and I've been doing it ever since.
What have you learned from being a junior firefighter?
Being a junior firefighter has taught me leadership and the importance of helping others. I have also learned to come out of my shell more because I can be shy when I first meet people.
Who is your role model and what have you learned from that person?
My role model is Dave, a Deputy Chief at my fire department. He has taught me so much about the fire service. He has also taught me to do what I love and love what I do, and to listen to the right people.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to join the department in my town when I turn eighteen. After high school, I plan to go to college to study fire science and get my EMT. After college, I plan to join a full-time department.
What would you tell someone who was interested in becoming a junior firefighter?
I would tell someone interested in becoming a junior firefighter that it is fun and worthwhile.