Forest City, Iowa – Kyle Hoover is a go-getter. After working with the Forest City Ambulance Service for over a year now, the 21-year-old fire science administration major at Waldorf College is interning at the Mason City Fire Department this summer, marking the start of a brand new internship program for the station.
“I always wanted to be a firefighter,” said Hoover, whose father has worked as a firefighter for over 20 years. “I’m excited about this opportunity.”
During the last academic year, when Hoover was juggling three jobs along with college, he took the initiative to approach the fire department to build their first ever internship program. Hoover, who was employed as an on-call driver with the ambulance service, impressed the Chief and his team with his dedication and past accomplishments.
“Mason City Fire Department has never done an internship program before. Hats off to Kyle for doing all the legwork,” said Doug Janssen, deputy chief at the Mason City Fire Department. Hoover began the internship two weeks ago and has already started to impress his supervisors. “He catches on pretty quick and is willing to learn,” said Janssen.
During the internship, Hoover will shadow the Fire Chief, ride along with the firefighters every other day, and get involved in day-to-day operations such as cleaning the rigs and mopping the floors.
“My goal is to do three or four such internships in the surrounding area,” said Hoover. “This will solidify our fire science program and will be a great recruiting tool.” In addition to his job at the ambulance service, Hoover also has a work-study position with the education department at Waldorf College and works as a cook at the local Pizza Hut.
Despite several work commitments, Hoover has maintained an excellent academic record at Waldorf, continually impressing his professors with his perseverance. "Kyle is a great student. He is very hardworking and dedicated," said Twylah Kragel, Hoover's academic advisor. "This internship with the fire department in Mason City will prove to be beneficial for his career and also make a strong impact on Waldorf's fire science program."
Originally from Layton, Utah, Hoover took night classes to become an EMT when he was attending high school and would go for ride-alongs with the fire department during his clinical hours. After coming to Waldorf College, he joined the local ambulance service and did two 6-hour shifts, mostly from midnight to 6a.m. every other day.
“I would mostly get called in at three in the morning, and most of the cases were illnesses,” said Hoover, who would also frequently cover student-athlete injuries after sports events. “I think it’s the ‘you-never-know-what’s-going-to-happen’ that makes my work interesting. It’s not the same old everyday. “
Hoover was recently elected vice president of the Waldorf College Student Senate, and also plays on the college’s soccer team.
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