John Borst III is the assistant fire chief for the Schoharie (NY) Fire Department. When friends in high school became active in the department, they convinced John to join. John's father previously served as chief for the department, so volunteering runs in the family.
What came as the biggest surprise to you after you started volunteering?
How many other volunteer firefighters (current or past) there are around the area, and how much we all have in common when we start talking about our own departments.
How has the NVFC helped you as a volunteer?
It has helped me connect with other volunteer firefighters across the nation, whether it's online or in person, like at the NVFC Training Summit.
Do you have any thoughts about the portrayal of volunteers in the media?
If you happen to make the news and the newscaster knows you are a volunteer firefighter, they will often include that title in the story. So always be conscious of what you do publicly and know that what you do or say could impact your fire department, for better or for worse.