Fire District #3 celebrated graduating five new recruits on Friday. These recruits have been training for the last eight weeks. The recruits train in all the areas they will be faced with once they are on the job. They train for medical emergencies, car extractions, rescues and yes, even fires.They worked on communications, how to ties knots and safely use hand and power tools along with how to hook and unhook to fire hydrants and pumps. They also worked on physical fitness every day.
The recruits training officer, Aaron Backus had only great thing to say about these five. He gave a little background on each of them.
Tom Keriey was first involved in the fire service with a rural Fire Department in northern Nevada. He was then hired by Klamath County where he was an EMT-basic. He helped with writing grants and was part of a haz-mat team and training committee. Keriey was involved in research to slow human aging and worked with a Nobel prize winning chemist while attending the University of Texas. Keriey’s is an Engineer with FD#3.
Kelly Harrington is a southern Oregon native of Butte Falls. After high school he traveled through Europe and Canada. Harrington attended a leadership training program in Montana and has a BS in Theology and Leadership. In 2009 he became a volunteer with JCFD3, was hired by Roseburg Fire in 2011 and recently became a certified Paramedic. Harrington is a Firefighter with FD3.
Manny Gobel has had his own business for the last 10 years. He began volunteering in 2009 while working full time. He enjoyed it so much that he made the decision to become a permanent part of the fire district. He went to college, ran his business and raised his family and took his training all at once to become one of these graduates. Gobel is now a firefighter with FD3.
Ben Kennedy was raised in Alaska, attended Southern Oregon University and received a BS in Cultural Anthropology. Has traveled through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Indonesia. Kennedy attended RCC to complete his Fire Science and Umpqua Community College to compete his Emergency Medical Services. He has worked with the Grants Pass Fire Department. Kennedy is now a firefighter with FD3.
Brody Nelson became interested in the fire services at a very young age in the small town of Turner, Oregon. After attending Chemeketa Community College he went to work for the Turner Fire Department and then returned to school to obtain his Paramedic Degree. While working for Rural Metro Ambulance service he had 26 transports in 24 hour two of which were over 100 mile each. Nelson is now a firefighter with FD3.
Fire District #3 has just added five very diverse, skilled and capable men to their ranks.