BFD welcomes two to staff

The City of Brady Fire Department is back to full staff with the recent addition of two individuals to its staff. Bradyite Stephanie Black and Lampasas native Chris Harrison are the two newest members of the local fire and rescue team. Black, a 1993 graduate of Brady High School and a 1997 graduate of Texas A&M University, began her service as a firefighter while attending A&M. While there, she volunteered for two different precincts in Bryan for three years as a volunteer firefighter. Since graduation, she has worked with the Bureau of Land Management in Montana as a hot shot crew member, worked as an engine crew boss for the US Fish and Wildlife department in Washington state and has also worked with the Texas Forest Service as a mitigation and suppression officer. She is a licensed paramedic and recently completed a 12-week recruit course at Texas A&M University’s firefighting training facility. The course consisted of 540 hours of training on everything from basic ladder use and instruction to various rescue systems and even hazardous materials training. Harrison, a 23-year-old transfer from Austin, also has extensive training in numerous areas. A graduate of the Austin Community College Fire Training Academy, he is a licensed basic emergency medical technician. He recently received an international certification in hazmat awareness as well as a firefighter 1 and 2. Harrison volunteered for the Lampasas fire department for four years while attending the academy and taking his EMT certification class. He has also attended workshops in swift water rescue, hazmat operations, confined space rescue and various extrication schools. He most recently completed a 40-hour methods of teaching class at Texas A&M qualifying him for an intermediate instructor rating. Beginning this week, the new paid members of the Brady Fire Department will be working a rotating shift where at least one individual will man the fire station 24-hours a day.

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