No actually it was to continue a family tradition of the Volunteer fire service. My father was an assistant Chief at a fire company and all while growing up I loved how when the siren sent off he got into his car...Put the rotating lights on and went down the street...I wanted to be apart of that. I am an adrenalin junkie and I plan NOT getting sober anytime soon!!
I joined the fire company when I was 12 years old, wasn't allowed to answer fire calls til i was 14. I am now 48 years old and still am active in the volunteer fire and emergency medical services. My beginnings started out humbly in a company that responded to about 48 calls a year being nestled between a large township and the city of Philadelphia. My first fire helmet was metal, my coat rubber and i wore thigh boots. Now i belong to a fire company that answers 300 calls a year, and a stand alone EMS ambulance corps that answers 2400 calls a year. I have somewhat strayed from the fire service in the last 10 years, and am more active in EMS but do indeed plan on getting more involved in the fire service once again.
Since there is no monetary rewards with being a volunteer one has to seek out the rewards individually. Plain and simple i love being able to drive expeditiously to emergencies, getting my truck, ambulance and crew there safely and handling a situation that has become uncontrollable by those that need our help...All problEMS end in EMS!!!
Robert A. Bozzelli II, Firefighter / EMT, Manoa Fire Company, Delaware County, Pa.
Robert A. Bozzelli II, EMS Lieutenant, Springfield Ambulance Corps, Delaware County, Pa.