Scottsdale Salutes fire department volunteer Chase Andrews

Chase Andrews

Chase Andrews

The dream of becoming a first-responder is a noble ambition.

The job description includes danger in countless forms – whether it is rescuing a child from a burning building or pulling someone from a vehicle after a crash.

For Saguaro High School graduate Chase Andrews, 20, the dream to become a firefighter came at a young age.

During his young teen years, the Scottsdale resident attended Mighty Mud Mania, an annual city-event where participants of all ages get down and dirty in a muddy obstacle course.

“I saw the firefighters there,” said Mr. Andrews in a Feb. 1 phone interview. “They had the water tender there and were spraying all the kids down.”

The Scottsdale Fire Department provides units and staff to events year-round, some of which, have hundreds of thousands of attendees. Mr. Andrews became involved in the teen program shortly after, at the age of 14.

“I found my niche,” said Mr. Andrews.

After going through the teen academy, he joined the city’s Explorer program and began pursuing a career in the fire department.

Through the East Valley Institute of Technology – also known as EVIT – Mr. Andrews went through a fire science course his senior year of high school. He now attends Paradise Valley Community College and has been volunteering with the Scottsdale Fire Department for two years.

“At 18 I found out I could become a volunteer,” said he said. “I wanted to learn more and help out more.”

He has been volunteering with the city for over two years and in December was nominated for the 2015 Volunteer Impact Award.

Mr. Andrews is assisting the department at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, providing crews with anything they need, replenishing supplies and changing out equipment.

“My goal is to get hired at the Scottsdale Fire Department,” he said. He already holds certain certifications needed to perform some of the duties of a firefighter.

As he focuses on increasing his knowledge and experience, Mr. Andrews has also recently signed up to work at Luke Air Force Base as well.

The Public Safety Teen Academy program is preparing to host the program for the ninth year, June 6-10. The program includes exposure to both police and fire training. To apply, teens ages 14-18 must submit an application and go through a basic background check. The academy recommends teens apply as soon as possible to secure a seat, according to a press release.

The deadline to enter is March 25. The application is at http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/fire/public-safety-teen-academy.

To become a volunteer in the city of Scottsdale, visit www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/volunteer.

To nominate a volunteer for Scottsdale Salutes, e-mail Melissa Fittro at Mfittro@newszap.com.

Northeast Valley News Services Editor Melissa Fittro can be e-mailed at mfittro@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/melissafittro.

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