Jared Huenergardt started work as a paramedic for Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District this month.
...Jared HuenergardtHuenergardt, a 2002 graduate of Sweet Home High School, grew up in Sweet Home.
"Pretty much when I graduated, I knew what I wanted to do," Huenergardt
said."Probably the biggest reason was my dad's a volunteer here."His
father also works for the Forest Service
said, so he
became interested in wildland fire.After graduation, he went to work for Oregon Department of Forestry as a firefighter for two summers and joined Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District as a volunteer. After five months, he went to work as an intern medic, he said.
"I got all my schooling as quickly as I could because knew this is what I wanted to do."He
paramedic certification two years ago, he
wanted to work in Sweet Home
, but there were no open positions at the time and he
wanted more experience.He worked for Metro West, a private ambulance service in Portland, for three months and then went to work for Woodburn Ambulance, also a private service, where he worked for a year and a half. He
lived in Salem until September when he
wife, Becky, purchased a home in Sweet Home
commuted to Woodburn
, working 48 hours on with 96 hours off.
"The goal was to some day work here," Huenergardt
saw a lot of the state, but "this is where I feel like I'm home."
This is where his
family and friends live, he
said, and the big city holds no appeal.This is where he
wants to live and work.
"I really want to help the town and department out," he
prerequisites at Linn-Benton Community College
and earned his
paramedic certification at Lane Community College
interest in the fire and ambulance service was initially in fighting fires, he
said, but that career required medical training.
medical training, "I realized it was a lot of fun," he
said."Every time you come to work it's something different."
working on equipment or the Fire Hall.The next minute, he's
on a fire or ambulance call.
"I'm excited to be here," he