Volunteer Spotlight: Kyle Riel

Name: Kyle Riel
Title: Assistant Fire Chief
Department Name: Kettle River Volunteer Fire Department
Location: Kettle River, MN

Why are you an NVFC member?
I feel it’s important to be a member of the NVFC to keep my finger on the pulse of the volunteer fire service.

What is your occupation?
Software Developer Supervisor

Why are you a volunteer firefighter, EMT, or rescue provider?
I am a volunteer firefighter and first responder because it is a needed service in my community, and I enjoy being able to help people.

What year did you join the fire or emergency services?  

What are your memorable moments as a firefighter or EMS provider?
My most memorable moments have been when someone will thank me/us for what we do. A lot of times when we are helping others, they are having a very bad day. It’s nice to hear when someone appreciates what we do.

What contributions have you (and your department) made in your community?
Our Fire/First Responders have contributed to our community by helping those in need. We offer fire inspections and lift assists along with traditional fire suppression and first responder actions.

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