Casey Tubbs feels called to serve. The son of a forty-year law enforcement veteran and a thirty-year registered nurse, he says it's in his blood.
The Madison Fire Department’s commitment to public service, he says, is what attracted him to this summer’s AASPIRE internship program through the City of Madison.
The Affirmative Action Student Professional in Residence (AASPIRE) internship offers college-level students the opportunity to gain valuable, paid experience with one of several City of Madison departments.
Knowing he might like to be a firefighter someday, Tubbs came to the MFD eager to explore the wide-ranging opportunities the department had to offer.
During his eight-week internship, he oversaw seven different projects ranging from researching possible improvements to the MFD plan review process to updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the City of Madison. He also gathered data focusing on the potential community impact of a fire sprinkler retrofit program.
Although these responsibilities kept him busy, he was still able to enjoy other unique experiences like training with the Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT), participating in Safety Saturday and Safety Town, and helping Station 5 prepare for its upcoming Firefighter Fun Day.
Tubbs also spent a day riding along with Engine 8's crew on the C shift.
“We were called to a possible structure fire at the PDQ,” Tubbs reports. “Everybody grabbed their stuff and flew out the door to get to the call. I thought, ‘This could be me one day! Hopefully!’”
His short time with the Madison Fire Department has already solidified his desire to pursue a career in the fire service.
“It’s my turn to give back, and there’s nothing I want more out of life than be able to serve our public as a member of the Madison Fire Department,” he said. “What better calling than to lay your life on the line to protect others in your community?”
In addition to firefighting, Tubbs intends to pursue the necessary medical training to become a paramedic someday.
As his internship comes to an end, he continues to work as a third-shift nursing assistant at an area nursing home. He also resumes his studies at MATC in Fire Protection and works toward a double major in Homeland Security online through American Public University.
His parting words this week were those of gratitude.
“This internship has been a great opportunity. I want to thank the City of Madison for funding the AASPIRE program through the Affirmative Action Division, as well as the Madison Fire Department Command Staff for bringing me on board,” he said.
Each year, the Madison Fire Department happily participates in the AASPIRE program. By investing in people today, we aim to cultivate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
Best of luck, Casey!