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Madras native the newest firefighter for HFD posted on 09/01/2022

Aaron Marshall was born and raised in Madras and was a star quarterback in high school who attended the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif. on a football scholarship. After a career-ending injury, Marshall was encouraged to be a different kind of hero by his uncle, who served as the Assistant-Chief/Fire Marshal for the Bend Fire Department from 1995 until his retirement in 2012.

 

Marshall chose to follow his uncle’s path and pursue a career as a firefighter and last month, the Hoodland Fire District (HFD) announced that he joined the district staff as a career firefighter/paramedic.

“So far the community has been really great,” Marshall said. “It’s beautiful on this side of the mountain and it seems the district has built a great organization.”

The addition returns the career staffing for the district after a vacancy was created with the departure of Lieutenant Andrew Figini at the end of April.

“By adding Aaron to our staff we’re still able to respond out of our station with two firefighter/ paramedics,” HFD Division Chief/Fire Marshal Scott Kline said.

Marshall will be joining HFD from the Jefferson County Fire District (JCFD) where he served as a firefighter/paramedic for the past year.

He began his career as a student volunteer at JCFD where he received his firefighter 1 and paramedic certification and worked for three years in a student volunteer firefighter position. After graduating from college Marshall began working full time at Warm Springs Fire and Safety as a career firefighter/paramedic from 2018 to 2021 before returning to JCFD for a year.

Marshall will begin his service in the HFD with a training period to familiarize him with the district’s procedures and standards during the month of September. New career staff are certified on all the district’s emergency response vehicles and also driven around the district to familiarize them with the roads before responding to emergency calls.

“It’s the little things that are slightly different,” Marshall said, citing different protocols for EMS and standard operations as things that vary from district to district.

Marshall will be fully trained and on shift by the beginning of October.

Marshall currently resides in Madras. Outside of work Marshall enjoys outdoor activities, playing or coaching sports, rollerblading, reading and hanging out with friends and family.

“I’m excited to begin here and hopefully have a long career in the district,” said Marshall.

More information about HFD is available online at https://www.hoodlandfire.us.

By Ben Simpson/MT

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