Jonathan Rodgers has been a paramedic/firefighter with Botetourt Fire & EMS since 2014.
Rodgers says, “I really enjoy working in the beautiful countryside of Botetourt. This county is rapidly growing, but still has some very rural areas. Our department is rapidly developing as well. This also offers a lot of new opportunities with roles and responsibilities.
“As a firefighter/paramedic, I never really know where my day will take me. I could be hiking the Appalachian Trail to find a lost or injured person, operating on a multi-vehicle accident on I-81, fighting a structure or forest fire, or assisting a citizen with their smoke detectors. The workdays are never the same.
“We also offer very high quality EMS care. With this, we are able to make a very big impact on a lot of people’s lives. I love being able to be called upon on someone’s worst days, showing up, and attempting to make it better. Our very involved medical director, Dr. Bernier, is a big reason why we are able to make such an impact. She expands our scope of practice beyond a typical EMS agency – allowing us to perform even more critical, life-saving skills. We are even able to consult her on a call-to-call basis to make sure we are providing the best possible care for our patients.
“I work with great people and we all consider each other family. The citizens we serve are very appreciative and supportive of their Fire & EMS system. Many times people have stopped by the various stations to show their thanks. These are some of the many reasons why I love working for Botetourt County Fire & EMS.”
Collin Lasek has been a volunteer in Botetourt County since 2014. He serves in a volunteer capacity at Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a full-time Firefighter/EMT in Roanoke City.
Lasek says, “Volunteering at Eagle Rock is different, I think, compared to anywhere else. We have a great mix of calls that challenge you and keep you on your toes. We have a very small urban area with a lot of rural and wildland mixed in.
“The James River runs right through the middle of our territory as well and US 220 being a major travel route for both passenger cars and freight carrying trucks. There is a lot of potential for a variety of emergency calls to happen and it has been proven before,” he continued. “The members are great and very motivated. Our officers, especially our Chief Officers, have an extensive knowledge of the job as well as knowing how to provide personal support when a member needs it.
“We may not be the busiest house in Botetourt, but we have very nice equipment, trucks, a solid firehouse, and awesome members who know how to make it happen. You can’t ask for much more than that,” Lasek said.