Editor’s note: The following is part of a continuing series “Muscatine Fire: Who we are”, courtesy City of Muscatine public information officer Kevin Jenison, highlighting members of the Muscatine Fire Department and examining why they chose to work and live in Muscatine.
Reece Hall is in his fourth year of service to the Muscatine community as a member of the Muscatine Fire Department, and enjoys the challenges the position presents while also welcoming the opportunity to live in his home town.
“The fire service has always been on my radar along with nursing,” Hall said. “The ability to live in my hometown was a plus to working in Muscatine.”
The 30-year-old firefighter/paramedic lives in Tipton with his girlfriend while enjoying the endless options that are available with Muscatine Fire.
“The different opportunities we are given, from inspector, to investigator, Critical Care Paramedic, HAZMAT Technician, and being a member of the tactical EMS team, are endless,’ Hall said.
It can be a challenge to juggle all of the hats, however.
“While we are able to do so much, it can also be a challenge to juggle all of the hats that we wear,” Hall said.
Hall recommends those who are considering a career in the fire service to determine what really drives them and to make it their own.
“This could be training, special operations, or EMS,” Hall said. “Whatever it is, find what really drives you and make it your own.”
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Becoming a firefighter:
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Muscatine Fire Department, visit www.muscatineiowa.gov/jobs to fill out an application. Applications for this year’s testing class are being accepted through September 23. Applications are also available in the Human Resources office at Muscatine City Hall, 215 Sycamore Street.
About the Muscatine Fire Department:
The Muscatine Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services, rescues (high angle, rope, water, etc.), building inspections, and public education for the City of Muscatine, and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Muscatine County with a combined population of 43,000 across 145 square miles while also providing HAZMAT for Muscatine, Louisa, Washington, Keokuk, and Henry counties. MFD firefighters and paramedics responded to 5,238 calls in 2019. The Muscatine Fire Department began as a volunteer fire company on January 7, 1875 and was established as a full-time department in January 1916. The Muscatine Fire Department ambulance service received the 2012 Career Ambulance service of the Year Award from Iowa Emergency Medical Services.