Carlsbad firefighter/paramedics recognized
January 31, 2013
The City of Carlsbad Fire Department promoted five firefighters, recognized four firefighter/paramedics for passing probation, and admitted three new employees to the firefighting ranks Monday during a badge ceremony at Fire Station 5 on Orion Way.
Addressing more than 100 friends, family and city leaders who attended the ceremony, Carlsbad Fire Department Division Chief Chris Heiser said that firefighting today demands a high level of professionalism, so firefighters must continually improve their skills though training and education. The theme of the ceremony was “Life-Long Learning.”
“The best leaders are the best learners,” Heiser said.
Three candidates were sworn in as new firefighters/paramedics after undergoing rigorous training, and will enter a probationary period. They are:
- Todd Gohsler
- Kyle Nelson
- Andrew Traynor
Four members who passed their one-year probations were awarded badges as firefighter/paramedics. They are:
- Andrew Bessant
- Scott Cunningham
- Gregory Marchi
- Jaime Ortega
The following five firefighters received promotions.
- Luis Osuna was promoted to battalion chief.
- Mark Beckert and Theodore Berryman were promoted to captain.
- Joshua Clark and Nathan Pearson were promoted to engineer.
City of Carlsbad Battalion Chief Mike Lopez told those assembled that the new probationers are just beginning a lifelong journey of continuously improving their skills for the safety of themselves and their community.
“Every member of the Carlsbad Fire Department trains a minimum of 20 hours every month, and last year firefighters averaged 280 hours of formal and informal and internal training in a wide array of subjects,” such as rescue operations, emergency medicine, survivability in confined space, and hazardous materials.
He said the City of Carlsbad Safety Training Center, which opened last year, will prepare firefighters, police officers and city staff to improve their skills, which will benefit Carlsbad residents and businesses.
“We know and understand that solid, fundamental training is one of the many factors that affect the results of any emergency incident and is a major contributing factor to the incident’s outcome, and plays a significant role in assuring the safety of our firefighters and, most importantly, our community,” Lopez said.
“We are constantly reminded of the dangers that we as firefighters face each and every day we report to duty. … According the United State Fire Administration, 83 firefighters died in the line of duty in 2012, and many more were injured, Lopez said. He called those statistics “a sobering reminder” to every firefighter and emergency responder that theirs is a dangerous profession, and that training and preparation are key factors to keeping firefighters and Carlsbad community members safe.
Philip Blair, president and CEO of Manpower San Diego, an employment services firm, served as keynote speaker. Blair said that only 10 percent of workers wake up in the morning excited to go to work, so advised the firefighters, “Make sure you love what you do and are passionate about it and you’re in that top 10 percent.”
City of Carlsbad Emergency Preparedness Manager David Harrison also praised the city’s Community Emergency Response Team for its volunteer service and noted the program was now in its fifth year.
Chief Heiser also announced that Carlsbad Fire Department Division Chief William Anderson will retire this year after 30 years of service.
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1 – Engineer Nate Pearson
2 – (L to R) Engineer Josh Clark, Captain Mark Beckert, Battalion Chief Luis Osuna
3 – (L to R) Luis’ son Luis, Battalion Chief Luis Osuna
4 – (L to R) Captain Mark Beckert, Mark’s wife Mary
5 – (L to R) Captain Mark Beckert, Mark’s wife Mary, Mark’s son Adam
6 – (L to R) Todd Gohsler, Andrew Trayner, Kyle Nelson
7 – (L to R) Todd Gohsler, Todd’s father
8 (L to R) – Greg’s mother in law Debbie Morines, Greg’s wife Sarah Marchi, FF/PM Greg Marchi, Greg’s mother Shirley Marchi