Congratulations to Engineer Andrew Chest who has been selected as the Burbank Fire Department 2017 Firefighter of the Year! Engineer Chest is highly regarded for his personal and professional character.
Engineer Chest constantly strives to be an exceptional Truck Engineer. His dedication is the main reason that he merits this award. He has a passion for learning and training, which enables him to successfully spot the ladder on the emergency ground, run accountability at the command post, direct a roof operation at a fire, and stay adept on all of the truck equipment. His outstanding proficiency and reliability creates a safer incident for personnel.
Engineer Chest demonstrates his strong work ethic as a member of the Operations Committee. He purchased the equipment and implemented the structure protection packs on the engines and the high-rise packs on the trucks. He improved the existing high-rise packs on the engines. Also, he was instrumental in equipping and implementing the Fireline Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic (FEMT/FEMP) Program. A FEMT/FEMP provides medical care to personnel at a wildland incident.
Engineer Chest is a very active Crew Boss for the Monarchs Type 2 handcrew with the United States Forest Service. A handcrew is a team of firefighters who uses only hand tools as mitigating measures at a wildfire. They perform grueling work often in extreme heat and smoky conditions. Last year, Engineer Chest took the handcrew out several times. He returned with valuable experience, which aided the response at a multi-alarm brush fire in Glendale.
Engineer Chest’s positive attitude and commitment to his job motivates other employees. His utmost focus is maintaining a modern, well equipped Department. He epitomizes excellence in firefighting and emergency medical services through his diligence, loyalty and integrity.
Please join us in congratulating Engineer Chest for this honorable and deserving recognition as the Burbank Fire Department 2017 Firefighter of the Year.