For the public – Chirs Armstrong |

For the public – Chirs Armstrong

Where I work: Grass Valley Fire Department, Station 2.

My job title: Firefighter and emergency medical technician

What I do in my job: We provide emergency medical care, fire suppression, fire prevention, and fire education. I am also a part-time teacher for Nevada Union’s ROP (Regional Occupational Program) where I teach fire science.

Why my job is important to the public: It is important for people to know that there is someone available to help them when they are in need – it provides ease of mind.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I enjoy teaching and working with the younger people who have come up in the ranks. Also, physical conditioning and being a part of a team is important to me. I am a big team player. For example, I admire the New England Patriots – they work together as a team; I really admire how the coach has taken the superstar out of the team.

The best part of my job: The satisfaction of seeing the face of someone you’ve helped and seeing how what you’ve done impacts them in a positive fashion.

A day at work I’ll always remember was … : When we had a 17-year-old high school student who had been in a serious accident come walking in the station to bring us candy and gift certificates to the movies. Just seeing that she could walk again.

How I got my job: There is an extensive testing process that I went through – there is also a Web site., where I got an application. There was a written test, an oral interview, then you go through a physical agility test and the Chief’s panel takes the top three. Then one is chosen.

How long I’ve been working here: I got hired in April 2003.

My dream job would be: I would say I’m doing it.

My family: My parents live in Esparto. My mom stays at home and my dad works for CDF. I have a brother who does roofing in Placerville. I live with my girlfriend here in Nevada City.

My hobbies: I do weightlifting, off road (bike) riding, backpacking, hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

When I was a kid: A lot of the same things as my hobbies. My family is very active – I have an aunt and uncle who did triathlons and endurance races. I played soccer since when I was 4. I also swam in high school.

My dream vacation: I want to go up to Alaska and do some hiking and kayaking up there.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: Probably a good friend of mine, Mike Hardy.

My hero: I’d have to say Mike again. The way I saw him put his family first, how he took care of the people he cared most about and was still able to get the job done.

The best book I’ve read lately: Lance Armstrong’s biography.

I like living in Nevada County because: The recreational opportunities that are around that make doing my hobbies easier.


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