Thursday January 05, 2017
The South Burlington Fire Department (SBFD) has welcomed new firefighter and paramedic Dave Meredith to their station. A United States Marine Corps (USMC) veteran and former firefighter in Barre, Meredith recently completed his training with the team and is now working in the field.
“David comes to us shortly after ending an 11-year stint with the USMC as a Crash-Fire-Rescue firefighter. He was deployed to several places around the globe. The City of South Burlington is a strong supporter of the military and more specifically, at one point, SBFD employed five members of VTANG,” says SBFD Chief Doug Brent. He adds, “David was a natural fit for us and we are very happy to have him on board. He carries with him several certifications relating to firefighting and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic as well.”
Meredith describes becoming a volunteer firefighter in his teens, “At the age of 16, I had a friend that was a member of the local volunteer fire department. This friend encouraged me to become a member, so I did. Through this membership my liking for firefighting only grew.” He then enlisted in the USMC with the Occupational Specialty of Aircraft Rescue Firefighter at the age of 18. He adds, “Within the 11-plus years of active service I completed in the Corps, I was able to take part in various structural firefighting training events and emergency calls, as well as completing a Bachelor program in Fire Science Management. Throughout all of this I found structural firefighting to be filled with more action, which I am all about!”
Meredith says his continuing inspiration for being a firefighter are “the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the tragedy on 9/11.” When asked what he looks forward to in his new position at SBFD, he says, “To grow and develop myself into a firefighter/paramedic that all others would be proud to emulate.”