Chris: My name is Chris Trimble. I am 31 years old and live in Corona California. I am a Stage Technician at the Disneyland Resort and I work as the maintenance foreman for the firework shows but I am currently furloughed.
Dean: Why do you want to be a firefighter and what draws you to the fire service?
Chris: I want to be a firefighter because I like working with my hands and figuring out problems on the fly as they arise. Of course, I would also like a job where I can feel like I have made a difference and helped people when they are having the worst day of their lives. I have always wanted to be a firefighter in the back of my mind but had never done anything to pursue it.
My grandfather was a firefighter for L.A. City Fire Dept. and my father was a firefighter in Northern California briefly during college. About a year ago I decided that I was in a place in my life where I thought I was ready to finally pursue my dream. Upon being furloughed in mid-March, I had no idea how long the furlough would last, but I wanted to make good use of my time and be productive. I have spent my time on furlough finishing up my Associates of Science in Fire Technology at Mt. San Jacinto College and starting an EMT program. I should complete my associates early next year and my EMT course is finishing up next month. My employer also covers 100% of the tuition for certain school programs and I have selected an online bachelor’s degree program in Fire and Emergency Management which begins in early November.
My dream department is L.A. City but I would gladly work for any department that would give me the honor. L.A. City is also the only department I am in the hiring process for so far. I have taken their test and filed the application and I am just waiting to hear for further instructions. Once I get my EMT certification I will apply to more departments as that is often a requirement.
Dean: What is your biggest accomplishment up to this point in your life?
Chris: One of my biggest accomplishments is becoming Scuba certified. This is also a skill that, with further certification, I believe can help me in the fire service.
Dean: What are some hobbies and interests you enjoy?
Chris: In my free time I enjoy mountain bike riding, hiking, fishing, backpacking, camping and building / fixing things. I also enjoy working on fixing and restoring old arcade games.
Dean: What kinds of volunteer/community service do you enjoy participating in?
Chris: I haven’t recently done any volunteer work but I would definitely like to. COVID has made some volunteer programs difficult to find but I am looking into several options.
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