Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne Letson

Name: Joanne Letson
Title: Lieutenant
Department Name: Bradley Beach Fire Department
Location: Bradley Beach, NJ

Why are you an NVFC member?
I joined NVFC to be able to access the learning and training modules. My department also has membership. We have an active cadet (junior) program, and we love the insights given on the NVFC web site.

What is your occupation?
Medical Tech

Why are you a fire service volunteer?
I enjoy the feeling of helping out my neighbors and the rush of adrenaline in times of emergency.

What year did you join the fire or emergency services?

What are your memorable moments as a firefighter or EMS provider?
One of my most memorable moments was an early morning fire. The house was burning and pretty well involved. My lieutenant and I were on a 2 1/2 inch attack line, and I remember how hard I was working, how difficult it was to advance that line. But I kept going, using every bit of strength I had. I remember the sense of pride and accomplishment after it was all over. It was a great feeling.

What contributions have you (and your department) made in your community?
Our department is very active in the community. We host an Easter egg hunt on the beach every year for kids. We participate in the Memorial Day parade. We deliver toys to all children with our Santas on fire trucks. We hand out new smoke detectors to the community. We have a junior firefighter program for area kids.

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