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My name is Frank Zacharias.

How long have you been with EMS? 

9.5 years. 

What’s your rank?

Advanced Care Paramedic 

Describe your rank? 

As an advanced care paramedic, I respond to any medical emergency, vehicle accidents, and patient transfers between different hospitals. I am also called upon to back up other EMS crews in the area If they need higher level of care for their patients like more medications, inserting a breathing tube, and various other advanced medical procedures. 

Why did you join EMS. 

I joined EMS because I enjoy the medical field but I don’t like being in a building all day like a hospital. I enjoy being mobile and bringing the medical supplies to people’s locations where they need It most. 

What Is It like to be a member of EMS

Some days are easy and some days are hard. The schedule is flexible while being on call, allowing me to get work done at the station or at home. The challenging part is to go from doing something unrelated to medical to rushing somewhere and performing critical medical procedures. 

What training have you taken?

I started with upgrading my English, Biology and math for 2 years.

Entry level medical course which took 6 weeks 

Intermediate medical course which took 1 year 

Advanced Care Paramedic Program which took 2 years. 

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining EMS.

Get prepared to work in a constantly changing environment because medical treatments are evidence based and the world is always learning more. Be humble, kind, coachable, and compassionate. When you make people’s lives your priority, you will be a blessing to the community. 

 

 

My name is Frank Friesen.

How long have you been with this department? 

Joined the Department in February 2016, so just past my 5 year mark

What’s your rank? 

Recently got promoted to the Rank of Captain

Describe your rank.

On scene a captain is the liaison between Incident command and the teams, the captain is usually the person that will assign members to trucks or teams and assign them their tasks. They will usually be the ones that will implement the IC’s plan and be responsible to update the IC on any changes and keep track of all members under their command.

As Captain I am also currently heading up our public relations committee and am the Events coordinator.

Why did you join the fire department? 

I joined the department because I was looking at ways that I could serve our community at the time, the department had an open house that I went to so I could ask questions and see if it was actually something I wanted to do and before I left I had filled out the application form and was waiting eagerly for a response. There may also be the possibility that I just really wanted to drive a fire truck with sirens on.

6. What is it like to be a member of the Fire Department? 

For myself it has given me some of my most memorable moments, both good and bad. On the good side is you will be working alongside awesome people who will become part of your family, they will see you at your best and worst cause lets face it, getting jolted awake at 3am will definitely not make you look your best. As we are a smaller community there will be times that you will respond to emergencies where you know the people involved, which isn’t easy for anyone but it’s important to think about it.. In my opinion being part of the department has been one of the most rewarding things I have done so far.

What Training have you all taken?

-NFPA 1001 Level 1 & 2, Hazmat Awareness and Operations, Advanced pump & ariel operations, Instructor Level 1, Ice & Surface Water Rescue and a few others

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining the department?

– Reach out to any of our members and ask questions or stop by our hall on our Monday training nights for a walkthrough and info session or if that seems too intimidating stop by our annual open house the way I did and bring out your whole family for a fun evening.

 

My name is Martha Neufeld. I have been with the La Crete Fire Department for just over three years now. I have recently accepted the role of Lieutenant, and am looking forward to serving the community from my new role.
As far as what my role as a Lieutenant entails, on calls it’s basically a very hands on crew lead. If there’s a team headed inside a burning structure I would be the team lead and have the responsibility of communicating to Incident Command on what I’m seeing on the inside, as well as making sure my team exits safely every time.
Additionally when not at the fire ground my duties include, leading a committee and being that listening ear for every firefighter and making sure their needs are met. As far as why I joined, I don’t have the usual reason of “I wanted to be a firefighter ever since I was a kid” unfortunately. I had some close friends that had joined before me that saw something in me that I didn’t know was there yet. But I knew I wanted to give back to the community somehow, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I guess some might put it this way, ‘She took to it like a duck to water’.
Being a part of the Fire service is unlike anything else. It’s not just another job, its a lifestyle. The brothers and sisters beside you become your family. You bond over the tough times/calls and you laugh in the good times. But the family aspect goes beyond those on the department, we have not only a fantastic working relationship with other first responders, EMS, RCMP, etc. but we also know we always have each other’s backs.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do a lot of training including, Firefighter level 1, Level 2, Hazmat Awareness and Operations, Advanced Pump Operations, Ice water rescue etc.
What I would say to someone considering volunteering, just come try it! We have 6 month probationary period that is not just for us to see if you’re a good fit, it’s to see if this is something you can/want to commit too! Yes you’re going to miss family functions, plans made weeks ago, and sometimes you may even stand someone up on your first date. But it is one of the most rewarding things you will ever be a part of.

 

 

My name is Philip Krahn. I have been on the La Crete Fire Department since December of 2009. I hold the rank of Deputy Fire Chief.
A Deputy Fire Chief is responsible for operations control on scene and works with property owners as well as additional services on scene.
Additionally as Deputy Fire Chief I work directly with the county on organizational tasks, oversee the department’s regular training, and schedule any special training events. I also take care of the administrative side of our department and oversee all the different committees.
I joined the La Crete Fire Department because I was looking for a way in which I could serve the community. I always had an interest in Emergency Services so I thought I would give it a shot. I was between jobs at that time and thought I would do it for the winter. Now, 11 years late, I am still here.
And I have to say, I love being on the fire department! It’s a lifestyle you adopt. The brotherhood that we have as a department, and with the other Emergency Services (EMS and RCMP) is awesome! Everyone looks after each other and we get the job done together, regardless of what that is.
Being on the department has taught me many valuable lessons and has allowed me to make many new friends. I do miss many birthdays, gatherings, suppers, and sleep, but I enjoy helping people in need.
As far as training goes, I have the NFPA 1001 course, HazMat 1072, Level 2 Instructor, Embankment Rescue, Ice & Surface Water Rescue, Pump and Ariel course, and a few others.
If you have an interest in Emergency Services, I would encourage you to consider it. This is a job for both men and women who love to serve the community.