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Thursday, May 6, 2021

New Fort Thomas Firefighter Impressed with Community and Camaraderie

New Fort Thomas Firefighter/Paramedic Charles Long is ready to put his people skills to work serving our community.

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by Robin Gee, city council beat editor

Fort Thomas welcomed a new firefighter/paramedic at the end of last month. Although he has not been with the department long, Charles Long said he is already impressed with the community and his colleagues.

"In my opinion, one of the greatest aspects of this city is how active and friendly everyone seems to be. By simply opening the firehouse bay doors, we are able meet and talk with many of the passers by. It’s truly the people here that give Fort Thomas its warm hometown feel," he said.

Long became an EMT in 2014 and worked with a private ambulance company. He volunteered with the Point Pleasant Fire District before becoming a full-time firefighter/paramedic with Elsmere in 2017. He then transitioned to serve full time at the Independence Fire Department for two years before coming to Fort Thomas. 

An interest in people and an ability to stay calm 

When asked what first attracted him to the career, Long explained, "I have always admired first responders, especially when putting their life on the line to help others."

He also knew that some aspects of his personality were well-suited to the field. “I knew at an early age that I would be able to use my ability to remain calm and act quickly in hectic situations to serve those in their time of need,” he said.

Long said he enjoys being able to interact with the public and share knowledge. "I am a people person and feel most satisfied in my work when I get to interact directly with the community. I also enjoy serving in public education events. Teaching fire safety and prevention to all ages."

He said he’s been pleased with being able to interact already with people in the community, but also he said he enjoys being a part of the Fort Thomas Fire Department.

"In the past month, I have already experienced a high level of comaraderie amongst the crew. This team mentality creates a positive atmosphere that leads to top notch services as a department. I am honored to be a part of this team," he said. 

By way of introduction 

Long is from Sandston, Virginia, originally. He met and married a woman from Cincinnati, and they live in Union Township, he said, to be close to both their families.

"I have been married for four years, and we have the cutest three-year-old daughter. And have a new addition to our family (hopefully a baby boy this time) due in November," he shared.

He added that he enjoys being active, riding his bike, swimming, weight training and playing outdoor sports with friends and family.

Long said he is eager to put his people skills to work in the community. "I believe my interpersonal skills and drive for continual growth as a firefighter paramedic will contribute a great impact to the Fort Thomas reputation."

Welcome to Firefighter/Paramedic Long, and congratulations to the Fort Thomas Fire Department!

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