Volunteer of the month
Featuring our July member spotlight, Betsi Feldman! Betsi joined the Ellington Volunteer Fire Department 30 years ago in August of 1989, after having been a member of the Ellington Volunteer Ambulance Corp for a little over three years. She decided that between working as a certified surgical technologist and volunteering as an EMT, she had more than her share of medicine and that it was time to branch out, expand her knowledge and learn new skills; with her husband being a member of the fire department, it only seemed natural to join the fire department. Betsi became interested in emergency services after deciding, during her senior year in high school that she didn’t want to go to college right away. While her parents were not enthusiastic of the decision, they were supportive, but insisted that she get a full-time job. Having grown up watching “Emergency” she decided to become an EMT; to that end, she attended night classes two nights a week, during the last half of her senior year in high school. By the time she graduated in 1982, she was a certified EMT and began her emergency services career working for what was then known as Manchester Ambulance.
Over the course of the next several years Betsi took courses in firefighting and eventually gained certification at the level of Firefighter II. Betsi is also an Emergency Medical Services Instructor as well as an American Heart Association First Aid and CPR instructor. Two years ago, she became certified as a Public Information Officer and within the last year completed training in responding to Active Shooter/Hostile Event (ASHER) incidents as well as becoming a Stop the Bleed instructor.
Betsi has served as the department’s Assistant Secretary/Treasurer and for the past 13 years, has served as the department’s Treasurer. She was the carnival chairperson for 12 years, stepping down in 2017. Betsi was the recipient of Firefighter of the Year award in 2004.
Since 2006, Betsi has enjoyed serving as one of the advisors for the department Cadet Program. She currently serves on several committees including the Fire Department Memorial Committee, By-Laws, Health & Safety, as well as the Administrative Directives & Operating Guidelines committee.
When not engaged in fire department activities, Betsi’s “day job” is Dean of Students in the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System formally known as the CT Technical High School System and in her free time she enjoys walking at “The Snip”, biking, camping and playing golf.
When asked what she enjoys most about volunteering, Betsi responded with one of her favorite Rachel Naomi Remen quotes “We bless the life around us far more than we realize. Many simple, ordinary things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways.” Betsi believes, volunteering allows her the ability to affect (hopefully positively) those in the need.
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