I began my career as a firefighter with Maple Valley Fire Department in 1992 after serving 8 years in the U.S. Army as a transportation officer. It is exciting work with medical, fire, car accident, and service calls. In 2002, I was promoted to Lieutenant. That has the added responsibilities of training, supervising. and directing of fire crews, as well as overseeing their safety and security. Training at the A.K.E.A. has been a valuable tool in developing my eyes for awareness and the skills to give me confidence to protect my crew from the unruly or violent people we occasionally encounter.
On April 1st, I was promoted to Captain. This position adds some logistical and administrative responsibilities to my current duties.
I am honored to work with outstanding individuals in the fire service. I am equally honored to work with the outstanding students and instructors at the A.K.E.A. – Mr. Phil Lercher