in Paradise? No problem for this crew
By Aaron Mecham
April 22, 2009 | Paradise firefighters take extra time
to be prepared for any emergency, especially for being
Fire Chief Troy Fredrickson said the fire department
holds weekly meetings to keep the firefighters at the
top of their game.
"We usually meet every Wednesday night for two
and a half to four hours for training," Fredrickson
said in a telephone interview.
Fredrickson has been with the Paradise Fire Department
since 1984 and has been the fire chief for long enough
that he had to take a moment to remember how long it's
been, what he came up with was since 2001.
Fredrickson said no training was required to join
the department, but they are required to get training
fairly quickly. For any member to drive any of the department's
vehicles they have to go through Emergency Vehicle Operations
(EVO) training and to be an engineer operating the fire
truck they must go through Advanced Driver Operations
"EMT Basic certification or Firefighter 1 certification
needs to be obtained within the first year," Fredrickson
Paradise trains with most of the other fire departments
in the valley, but they train more extensively with
Hyrum's and Wellsville's because they are the departments
that are going to help or be helped on bigger fires
because of their close proximities to Paradise, Fredrickson
Training is paid by the departments allotted budget
and additional fundraising, he said.
The fire department stays involved with the community
aside from emergencies by sponsoring a Memorial Day
breakfast, a trap shoot Thanksgiving weekend and involvement
in Paradise's Trout and Berry Days.
Involvement in the fire department isn't limited to
training once a week, obviously, but the members of
the department don't have shifts when they are on call
"Everybody's on call 24 hours a day," Fredrickson