Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Nowell

Name: Paul Nowell
Title: Captain
Department: Gaston Volunteer Fire Department
Location: Weldon, NC

Why are you an NVFC member?
They provide valuable resources that I have used in recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. I also used the resources with my junior firefighters.

What is your occupation?
Chief of EMS

Why are you a fire service volunteer?
To serve my community and for the family atmosphere.

What year did you join the fire or emergency services?
1986

What are your memorable moments as a firefighter or EMS provider?
Watching our junior firefighters come of age and serve as firefighters and EMS personnel. A majority of my paid staff comes from the volunteer pool.

What contributions have you (and your department) made in your community?
My department not only provides fire suppression, but rescue, EMS, and water and dive rescue. We also boast one of the largest junior firefighter programs in North Carolina.

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

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