In our last blog, Stephanie Powers, Rescue Captain, shared with us how she started with PWCFRS and why she chose to join our team. We spoke to her some more about her favorite parts of volunteering in this capacity and the rewards she receives. Read on to hear all about them.
Powers has risen through the ranks over the years and experienced life at a variety of stations. Throughout her service, she shares that training is one of her favorite parts.
“Training and giving back to my department has been the most rewarding experience for me so far. Whether it is putting together a class that hits close to home, helping someone overcome a particular challenge or mentoring someone new to the department, I view training as another call to service to help others,” she said.
Powers feels that training taps into her drive and passion for helping others.
“I can share the knowledge, experience and hard lessons I’ve learned to help the next generations coming up,” she said.
Powers views her training as an experience with multiple levels. First, she’s helping her crew members.
“I give my time, energy and effort to help them learn a new skill, achieve a goal or empower them to solve a problem on their own,” she shared.
Second, she sees training as another way she’s serving her community. By training others the right way, she knows that directly affects the quality of care members of the community receive.
“Nothing is worse than feeling unprepared or helpless during an emergency — whether you are the patient or the provider. I am helping my community through my service as both a provider and a trainer.”
She notes that despite the great rewards of her service, there are challenges that come with being part of a volunteer fire and rescue team.
“Home-work-life balance is the hardest thing to find and maintain,” said Powers. “Volunteers aren’t motivated by money, and we sacrifice more than just our time to help our community. We all have daytime jobs, family and personal lives that are juggled around to allow training and volunteering overnight at a firehouse.”
Like many people, Powers notes there are many days volunteers don’t feel like they have enough hours in the day to accomplish everything. But she also notes there are plenty of days where volunteers just can’t wait to get back to the firehouse “either to learn something new, share what you know or be with your firehouse family.”
When asked what she would tell a new recruit about volunteering for PWCFRS in any capacity, she noted that the positions are not for everyone.
“Volunteering is a call to service — it comes with the good and the bad,” she said. “But as much sacrifice, time and energy as it takes, it is worth it. When you run that first call where you helped someone in a way only someone with your training can, that is the best feeling in the world — whether that is doing something miraculous or simply holding someone’s hand on the way to the hospital.”
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- Posted by ATW
- On April 30, 2018
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