Volunteer Spotlight: Margaret Fowke

Name: Margaret Fowke
Title: Volunteer EMT
Department Name: Silver Spring Fire Department
Location: Silver Spring, MD

Why are you an NVFC member?
Prior to becoming an EMT, I was a Registered Dietitian. I entered the emergency medical services field with very little experience. When the opportunity to join NVFC was presented, I viewed it as the perfect organization to expand my training opportunities. I attended my first NVFC Training Summit, June 20 -21, 2014 in Myrtle Beach, SC. I learned so much and was able to find contacts to help with resolving issues my local fire department was facing at the time. It has been well worth the investment to join NVFC.

What is your occupation?

Why are you a volunteer firefighter, EMT, or rescue provider?
I became an EMT after losing a friend to cancer who was both a paramedic and registered nurse. This individual worked at Charity Hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

What year did you join the fire or emergency services?  

What are your memorable moments as a firefighter or EMS provider?  
Serving the families of the fallen firefighters.

What contributions have you (and your department) made in your community?
The Silver Spring Fire Department started the first all volunteer Life Safety Unity within the State of Maryland.

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