Did you know that volunteer firefighters stem back to the beginning of our nation? George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin were all involved in the volunteer fire service.
According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, the majority of the fire service in the United States is made up of over 70 percent volunteer work, with over one million dedicated responders putting their lives on the line – for you – residents, business owners, and travelers living, working, or driving through our communities. Half of all Americans live in communities protected by all volunteer, or combination (career and volunteer) responders.
In the months to come, not only will we be focusing on each of our dedicated volunteers and their story’s, we will be telling our readers what it takes to become a “Hometown Hero.” It’s not just about riding on the big red fire engine – although that’s part of it. We will be identifying some of the training needed, the physical requirements, and the need (and want) to serve your community.
Blaine Robert Christiansen
Since October 2008, Blaine Robert Christiansen has been a dedicated volunteer firefighter for the Patterson community, and is currently assigned to assist Patterson’s station at 344 W. Las Palmas Ave.
Christiansen said he became a volunteer firefighter because he wanted to protect and serve the community in which he was raised in.
His current aspirations are to please his loved ones and to perform his duties at the height of his ability.
“[I want] to be the best firefighter I can be, and to be someone that my family and community can be proud of,” he said.
Blaine is the son of Lynette and Shawn Christiansen, and brother to Dylan Christiansen. He likes to participate in various outdoor activities and is an avid hunter. He considers himself an overall outdoorsmen.