Matthew BoyleEighteen new firefighters graduated the MFD Fire Academy on November 6, 2015. We introduce them to you on the MFD Blog throughout December.

Current station assignment: Station 2 (Grand Canyon Dr.)
Why did you want to be a firefighter? 
I wanted an opportunity to help people.
Why did you want to serve in the city of Madison?
I've lived here for 10 years, and I saw this as an opportunity to do professional work that I would enjoy while also performing a civic service for a city I call home.
What has been the most rewarding part of your experience so far?  
The guys I've trained with and the community service we've been able to provide for the city.
Looking back at the Fire Academy, what was the most challenging element? 
The balance of home life and work life. Trying to keep your eye on the ball at all times with two young children at home was a great challenge for my wife and me.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to join the MFD? 
When I was thinking of applying I was worried my lack of experience would prohibit me from being selected. What I found out is the MFD is very open to all kinds of backgrounds and if you have the right skill set you will be given a chance to prove yourself.  

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Category: General, Station 2