Meet AE Chad Powell
Where are you stationed?
I’m currently assigned to Station 12 (South Point Rd.) on the C Shift.
Where were you previously?
I was previously assigned to Station 3 on the A Shift as a firefighter/paramedic.
How long have you served with the MFD?
I was hired October 2009.
Why did you want to be a driver?
It was a difficult decision for me to leave the ambulance. It was especially difficult knowing I’d be leaving a fantastic firehouse and crew. I knew the promotional process would be challenging and I wanted to challenge myself. Driving fire apparatus is a dream come true for me every day.
How do you hope to develop your craft over time?
I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with some of the best drivers on the job. I saw how much pride they took in their rigs and their willingness to pass along what they learned over the years. I’m going to continue to use the lessons they’ve passed on and do my best to someday be as good as them.
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