I’m a Washington, D.C. firefighter and paramedic who graduated from the DC Fire Academy in June of 2009. This blog originally began as a way to tell my friends and family what my job was like without having to call everyone I knew every couple of days, but it has since grown in ways I couldn’t imagine when I first conceived of the idea. I know I’m not the first to do something like this, but I hope that my writings are enjoyable for all.
I began my career as a volunteer EMT with the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad when I was 16 years old; I wanted to be a firefighter, but the process to become one where I grew up was so long that I would have moved away to college before I could do anything significant. So, my career in EMS began, and spanned through my time at the University of Pittsburgh, where I worked as an Emergency Room Technician in one of the city’s biggest trauma centers as I studied to become a paramedic.
However, I never forgot my original dream—finally, seven years later, I find myself a firefighter in a major city that I now call home.
I’m an avid photographer in my free time, and that skill came in quite handy during the Academy (there was, after all, no shortage of interesting things to photograph when we were learning how to fight fires).
I appreciate all comments, questions, or rants, so don’t hesitate to send them my way!