Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Humberd
Name: Stephanie Humberd
Department Name: Burkburnett VFD
Location: Burkburnett, TX
Why are you an NVFC member?
I became a member because the NVFC is a great organization and very beneficial resource. I have attended two Training Summits and learned so much valuable information that I have brought back and shared with my department and other local departments. My eyes were opened big time with all the cancer prevention classes. I have learned new ways to help recruit and retain people as well. There are great benefits to being a member, and most of all great people to meet and build new friendships with. I have met so many new people and kept up with them over the past two years. We share ideas with each other and training ideas, fitness programs, and much more.
I have had the pleasure of meeting Chairman Quinn, and his life experiences with physical fitness and health truly opened my eyes and helped me to start turning around my department’s opinions on fitness and exercise. I really am grateful for the NVFC and all the knowledge I gain from them. Most of all I am extremely grateful for the [Columbia Southern University] scholarship I received from them to continue my education this past year!! Thank you for all you do!!!!
What is your occupation?
Admin. Secretary and Volunteer FF/EMT
Why are you a volunteer firefighter, EMT, or rescue provider?
I enjoy helping others and giving back to my community. I like to set the best examples I can for my children and other young children. I am the leader for our department’s Fire Explorers program. I work with the young men and women and try to help mold them and shape them to be fine young adults. I enjoy giving back!
What year did you join the fire or emergency services?
Fire 2016/EMS 2003
What are your memorable moments as a firefighter or EMS provider?
Being able to help others and comfort people on their worst days. One fond memory was attending a house fire and a young child I knew from the elementary school ran up to me shaking and scared and she hugged me tight. I was able to talk to her and calm her down and help her understand everything would be alright. From that day on I’ll never forget her, and she always hugs me when I see her, with a smile on her face.
What contributions have you (and your department) made in your community?
We have different events every year. We host an annual Easter egg hunt, we hand out candy for safe Halloween trick or treating, and we have an annual Toys for Tots program which we deliver the weekend before Christmas. We also hang the flag for an annual 5k run from our ladder truck. We attend school functions for fire prevention and for end of year field days. We give back every chance we can, and we help out every opportunity we get.
Interested in serving your community? Find volunteer fire service opportunities at www.MakeMeAFirefighter.org.