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SVFD FIREFIGHTER, JOEL GILREIN GRADUATES FROM PARAMEDIC SCHOOL
Joel Gilrein has graduated from Paramedic School!
Four SVFD Firefighters just graduated from Paramedic School. Joel is one of our recent graduates!
Joel came to the SVFD in 2014. Joel is ranked as a Firefighter but he can also act as an Engineer on a fire truck. He continues to be ambitious in his career in his desire to learn and grow his abilities. Adding Paramedic to his skill set demonstrates his commitment to being a Firefighter and First Responder.
Before SVFD, Joel volunteered at Fire District 9 and also worked for the Washington State Auditor’s Office conducting financial audits of state and local governments for just over 10 years.
Joel said, “Medic school created a very challenging atmosphere between class, shift work, studying and home life. It wasn’t until clinical rotations in the hospital that I finally realized I had made the right decision. Like Brett [Gombasy], I believe we are fortunate to work for a Department that encourages our EMT’s to be knowledgeable about the Paramedic role in the work we do.”
Joel also gives kudos to his fellow SVFD Firefighter, Tyson Wilcox, “I would also like to acknowledge the ability of Tyson Wilcox to make class much easier. I knew to pay closer attention during lecture once I saw Tyson start taking notes. Gombasy sat on one side of Wilcox and I sat on the other. He was an amazing help to us both!”
We want to thank Joel for investing in his future and the care of the community he serves!
We are excited about Firefighters who continue to grow and develop their skills here at the SVFD. We are proud of these hardworking individuals who want to educate themselves in order to care for the community they serve more effectively and more efficiently. Paramedic services and EMS calls top the list of calls for service here at the SVFD.
Congratulations on graduating from Paramedic School!
- Julie Happy