first contact with firefighting was in his hometown of Reynoldsville,
the mid-80s, Rick joined Ponderosa Volunteer Fire Department,
north of Houston, Texas. This busy department offered more training and experience.
While there, Rick became a qualified engine driver/operator.
After four years there, a job promotion meant a move, and Rick
joined the Community Volunteer Fire Department in southwest
Houston. There, in
addition to operating pumpers, Rick rose to the rank of station
lieutenant. Rick also worked on his instructing skills,
joining the Brazoria-Ft. Bend Counties Instructors Association.
area departments afforded many opportunities for Rick to train and even
instruct at the world-famous Texas A&M fire school. Rick
also attended the Houston Community College Fire Academy, becoming
a state-certified municipal firefighter.
another job move took Rick to Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Rick joined Southmont Volunteer Fire Company, rising quickly in
rank to Deputy Chief. At that rank, he was also the training
officer for the department. Still an EMT, Rick joined the
local ambulance service, based out of neighboring Westmont
Volunteer Fire Department. Rick and Karyn moved to Westmont
for a year, and Rick became involved with Westmontís fire operations, becoming an aerial ladder
driver/operator and briefly a truck lieutenant.
and Karyn soon moved back to Southmont, but Rick retained his
affiliation with both fire departments and the
Most recently, while working in Georgia, Rick has been working with the Roswell Fire Department, a combination department (part paid, part volunteer/paid-per-call). He has recently been promoted to fire apparatus operator (engines and trucks) and is assigned to the Roswell-Alpharetta Public Safety Training Center.
See the "links" page to check out the Roswell Fire Department's web page.