Meet Firefighter/EMT Josh Jerabek
Where are you stationed?
Station 2 (Grand Canyon Drive), ‘A’ shift
What attracted you to this career?
I like the variety, every shift is different. You have the potential to work with a different crew, at a different station, and there are always different community events happening. I like the physicality of the job and that I can use my skills and knowledge to help people.
What was your very first call after graduating the recruit academy, and what do you remember most about it?
One of my earliest calls was for a drug overdose. We were able to revive the patient and transport them to the hospital. My responsibility for that call was to monitor the patient’s oxygen levels and assist the paramedics. I remember how calm the paramedics and other firefighter/EMTs were during the call. Everyone had a role and just focused on doing their job.
What are among the most memorable experiences you’ve had so far at MFD?
It’s a hard one to choose, everything has been great. I learn something new every day. We live at the firehouse for our shift, so we grocery shop and cook as a crew. We cook for the ladder truck and ambulance crews at Station 2, so I have had many opportunities to try new recipes. I don’t think I’ve laughed more than around the dinner table at the firehouse. The people and conversations can be a lot of fun.
What advice do you have for someone hoping to join the MFD as a firefighter/EMT?
Learn as much about the job as you can if you want to join the MFD, do a ride-along, and talk to current firefighter/EMTs. Everyone is pretty friendly, so feel free to say hi and strike up a conversation if you see us out around town. The hiring process is long and different than other job I’ve had before. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t make it through the hiring process the first time. I was hired on my third time applying.
Share some fun facts about yourself!
I love music and enjoy going to concerts. I rowed on the UW Crew team. I’m a certified “car nut” and share that passion with my kids.