FLAT ROCK, Mich. - After work at AutoAlliance International (AAI), Brian Theobald and John Shields, team members, Final, are still on call. They are volunteer firefighters who help protect their communities by responding to fires, accidents and rescues.
The State of Michigan requires that volunteers go through the same training as full-time firefighters. Candidates must complete over 120 hours of class in addition to hands on training.
Shields has been a volunteer for about 22 years in LaSalle, Mich. And he has responded to many calls, most of which were rescues.
“It’s an adrenaline rush sometimes,” Shields said. “But I do it because it feels good to help those in need.”
Theobald became a volunteer firefighter in 1997 with the Huron Township Fire Department in New Boston, Mich. and now currently serves with the Ash Township Fire Department in Monroe, Mich. He is also a certified Medical First Responder, with training in CPR, lifting and moving patients, handling multiple trauma victims, patient extrication and much more.
“My satisfaction comes from knowing that I am able to use my training to help someone,” Theobald said.
Theobald and Shields are part of some of the few remaining fire departments that are 100 percent volunteer based as opposed to many others that are paid per call.
They have dedicated years to protecting their communities without seeking anything in return and they are perfect examples of how Ford employees Go Further.