Volunteer Spotlight: Wendy Trefethren

Name: Wendy Trefethren
Title: Firefighter
Department Name: Slaughterville Fire Department
Location: Burnsville, MN

Why are you an NVFC member?
Access to more info on training and other opportunities within the volunteer fire world.

What is your occupation?
Investigator and volunteer firefighter

Why are you a volunteer firefighter, EMT, or rescue provider?
I want to serve and protect my community in ways not everyone can handle. Additionally, being a parent and mentor to 8+ kids, I want to be the best example I can be.

What year did you join the fire or emergency services?

What are your memorable moments as a firefighter or EMS provider?
The most significant moments were responding to my neighbor’s home in Golden Valley, MN, on fire and being able to save his dog through skills learned from BART (basic animal rescue training) as well as getting my team on the task with better knowledge of the event than we usually have approaching a structure fire.

Also, the flood of 2016 in Lexington, OK, when I contributed to the rescue of two women stuck on a fence in a raging flood. No casualties in our response area for that crazy flood, and our department obtained water rescue equipment and training that I selected, after this experience.

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