Volunteer Spotlight: Bethany Brunsell

Name: Bethany Brunsell
Title: Captain
Department Name: West Metro Fire-Rescue District
Location: Crystal, MN

Why are you an NVFC member?
I feel there’s often many more resources available for full-time/career departments compared to volunteer/POC departments, so when I learned of the NVFC and the resources that come with membership, it was a quick, easy decision to join!

What is your occupation?
Fire prevention

Why are you a fire service volunteer?
I joined a volunteer department because I wanted to give back to my community and love helping people. I had no idea I would love it so much that I would change careers and start working in full-time fire prevention, while continuing to work as a volunteer firefighter, too.

What year did you join the fire or emergency services?

What are your memorable moments as a firefighter or EMS provider?
All the times girls look at me wide-eyed and ask, “You’re a girl firefighter??”

What contributions have you (and your department) made in your community?
I am part of a wellness committee, helping to find ways to get our firefighters to be healthier. Our department has also started doing home safety surveys in our community, helping keep our community safer.

Interested in serving your community? Find volunteer fire service opportunities at www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org.