Please help us welcome our two newest employees who began their WSFR journey today. Morgan Matthew has been hired as our new Life Safety Specialist/ Oil/Gas/HAZMAT inspector; and Rebecca Clark is our new Life Safety Educator/Fire Inspector. Each had a full day of meeting the staff, onboarding, getting outfitted for uniforms, setting up their offices and more! Pictured from left to right are Life Safety Educator Rebecca Clark, Fire Chief Kris Kazian, Fire Marshal Sandi Friedrichsen, and Life Safety Specialist Morgan Matthew. We are excited to have Morgan and Rebecca on board to begin the development and implementation of their newly-created positions! (Though not as excited as they are!)
Life Safety Specialist/ Oil/Gas/HAZMAT inspector
Morgan Matthew is WSFR’s new Life Safety Specialist. Her hometown is Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has lived in California, Montana, and now calls Northern Colorado home. She studied drawing, ceramics and geology at the University of New Mexico. After graduating she worked at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and UNM. She then worked as a federal land manager and geologist at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument where she helped develop a K-12 science curriculum. She earned a certificate in Sustainable Military Lands Management from Colorado State University before earning her Master’s Degree in Environmental Geosciences from the University of Northern Colorado. She worked at the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands where she helped on a variety of natural resource management projects across the United States. She worked for a consulting firm tied to the petroleum industry before joining Greeley Fire Department as an intern working with their oil and gas inspector. While working for the Greeley Fire Department, she also developed and implemented community outreach programs and helped revise the city’s oil and gas website and Tactical Response Plans. Morgan enjoys drawing and painting, devouring information on any topic, learning how things work, fixing things, rocks, birds, hiking and telling really terrible rock jokes.
Life Safety Educator/Fire Inspector
Rebecca will be working as WSFR’s new Life Safety Educator. She started in emergency services as an EMT her senior in high school for her local emergency department. Soon after graduating high school she attended her first fire academy as a 20-year-old new mother. Upon successful completion she volunteered with her local fire department until moving out of the state. She spent the next nine years attending college (Go Rams and Boilermakers) and growing her family, but never losing her love of the emergency field. Upon coming back to Colorado from Purdue University where she studied English Education and Computer Science, Rebecca enrolled in an EMT-Basic course at Aims and applied to be a reserve firefighter with Frederick Firestone Fire Protection District. After passing her EMT-B she joined FFFPD and enrolled in her second fire academy, this time as a 30-year-old mother of three sons. While she attending fire academy she was introduced to her future husband, Kyle, by a mutual friend and she was lucky enough to have him in attendance at graduation when she was awarded Top Gun for her class. After serving with FFFPD as a reserve firefighter Rebecca joined Milliken Fire Rescue following a move from Fort Collins to Johnstown. Soon after Rebecca and Kyle decided to expand their family even more and after learning they were expecting a 4th child Rebecca hung up her helmet and focused on her family. During the last five years Rebecca added two more sons to her family, to bring the total to five sons (they now have a starting basketball line-up) and opened a hobby game store in Johnstown. After successfully selling her retail store in 2018 Rebecca has been traveling the world to judge Pokemon Trading Card Game tournaments and enjoy being at home more. Rebecca enjoys most sports the Colorado outdoors offer, and summers are spent in the mountains rock climbing and hiking or at Boyd Lake water skiing or wakeboarding with her family while winters are spent skiing.
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