(BEDFORD) – The Bedford Fire Department welcomes its newest firefighter to their ranks as he was sworn in at the Bedford Board of Works Meeting Monday afternoon.
Joshua Fowler, Bedford’s newest firefighter, started April 10, 2020 and already has responded to a couple of emergency runs. Fowler responded to a vehicle accident where a person had to be freed from their vehicle.
All Bedford Firefighters start on Rescue Engine 1, learning extrication techniques after taking various classroom and practical exams. There is no better teacher for a firefighter than actually being on the scene and using the skills they have learned.
“I have completed all my Firefighter I, Firefighter II and EMT, training,” said Fowler. “It was very intense training, but my family supported me all the way.”.
“This will get our department up to full staffing levels. We will now be fully staffed with 37 firefighters overall. A total of 11 firefighters on two shifts, and 12 firefighters on one shift,” said Bedford Fire Chief John Hughes.
Josh Fowler is 32-year-old and is married to his wife Lizzie. They have one child, a son named Sam. Fowler attended high school at South Oldham High School in Kentucky and went to college in Wyoming.