Firefighter Ryan RaisbeckSeventeen new firefighters now serve at a fire station near you! Get to know them by subscribing to the MFD Blog.

Where are you stationed?
Station 12 (South Point Road) on the B shift.

Why did you want to pursue this career?
Being raised in Madison on the east side, and previously working for the City of Madison, I have a strong desire to give back to the community that has made me the person I am.

Why did you want to work in Madison, for the Madison Fire Department?
Not only for the camaraderie and lifelong friendships, but also working for a city and department that have high standards to deliver excellent service to their residents.

What has been the most rewarding part of your experience so far?
Having the opportunity to proudly wear this uniform that shows I represent an exceptional department in a great city.

Now that you've graduated the Academy, what do you look forward to the most?
Being able to build on my current training with field experience, as well as meeting my fellow co-workers in the stations.

Looking back at the Fire Academy, what was the most challenging element?
It is hard to come up with the most challenging element, but being mentally and physically prepared for what our instructors would teach us was always a challenging element during the Fire Academy.

What advice would you give to someone hoping to join the MFD?
Believe in yourself, be patient, and work hard!

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Category: General, Station 12