Today we meet Jordan Miller, a volunteer firefighter and EMT. The North Liberty Fire Department is on pace to break 1,000 calls for service in a calendar year for the first time in its history. Jordan’s worked for North Liberty since 2013.
How do you start each day?
My day doesn’t usually start with a normal routine and it varies a lot. Most of the time my day will start sometime in the middle of the night when we get a run.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part would be seeing the effect we have on whoever we’re called to help. We usually see people on their worst day, and most of the time we can see that we helped make a difference in that person’s life, whatever they’re going through.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of being a volunteer firefighter is having time to do other things I enjoy or had planned. Since all of us have full-time jobs elsewhere, responding to calls usually cuts into time with our family or hobbies.
Where can people find you during the day?
Usually I’m at my full-time job during the day. If I’m not there then there’s a good chance I’m at the fire station doing a truck check, training, working out, or just hanging out. There’s always something that can be done.
What special certifications or knowledge does your job require?
I have a Firefighter 1, HAZMAT Operations, EMT certification and am working on my Firefighter 2. The North Liberty Fire Department requires all members to have their Firefighter 1 and 2, HAZMAT Operations, and EMT certifications within two years of joining the department.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
How much of a family we are at the NLFD. I always hear people use the term brotherhood to describe the bond between firefighters, and that’s exactly what it is. We really are one big family and that’s something most people who aren’t in this line of service don’t get to experience.
What’s your favorite place in North Liberty?
The fire station. NLFD is really my second home. With NLFD being as busy as we are, there’s almost always somebody there and something to do.
What’s your favorite thing to do off the clock?
I enjoy spending time outdoors. Hunting, fishing, and hiking are some of my favorite things and the North Liberty area has a lot to offer.