captain lucas earns master's degree
Congratulations to Captain Chris Lucas who recently earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a dual focus on Fire and Rescue Executive Leadership and Public Administration. We asked Captain Lucas:
Q. What did you find to be the most challenging aspect of going back to school as a husband, a father of three school age kids, an avid cyclist and a fire captain?
“I underestimated the course work challenge at the graduate level. It required virtually every evening for two years.
Fortunately, I had family support and when my kids were doing homework, I was doing homework. It was a huge sacrifice for all of us, but it was really good for the kids to see me setting a goal and working hard to achieve it.”
Q. What was the biggest benefit of getting your master’s degree?
“Learning how to research, and how to read and analyze informational text are great skills that I now use every day as a Captain. Writing a paper every single week and then actively participating in topical discussions has greatly improved my written and oral communication skills.”
Captain Lucas has been with TDFPD for 13 years: he is certified as a rope rescue and a water rescue instructor; and as a hazardous materials and car seat installation technician. He has a BA in Economics from St. Mary’s and is a licensed paramedic.
zephyr crew members graduate from ltcc fire academy
Congratulations to Zephyr Crew Members Wade Norberg (left) and Jered Mondragon (right) who graduated from the LTCC Fire Academy program – Class 11. Both are wildland firefighters; Norberg is in his second season with the crew, and Mondragon his third. Norberg and Mondragon are pictured here with their very proud Fire Chief, Scott Baker (center). The weather challenged the cadets in this academy as outdoor training continued even in the midst of record snow fall. Class 11 was also unique in that it was an international class with students from France and Poland. TDFPD Retiree Terry Hughes serves as an instructor with the fire academy.