Friday, April 11, 2014
Firefighter Joey Fougerousse, 22, of West Ashley has been with Summerville Fire Department a year and a half. A graduate of Bishop England High School, he came to firefighting through one of his first jobs – part time at Home Depot – where he worked with a captain at Charleston Fire Department.
“He asked if I wanted to be a firefighter and I thought about it…and said ‘yes,’” laughed Fougerousse.
The first job opening that he found was at SFD.
“A friend and I got hired together and went through the academy together.”
Fougerousse has completed Firefighter I and II. He rides backwards on the truck. If his truck is first on the scene he goes inside the structure, If second, he stands by with the hose. Third, he is part of the Rapid Intervention Team and fourth, he is stationed on the D [back] side of the structure.
His worst experience, he says, was a fire where SFD aided Old Fort Fire Department.
“There was a hole in the floor and the guy behind me fell through and pulled me through too. It wasn’t deep and we crawled out.”
It was, however, a scary moment.
“For a second I thought I should call ‘Mayday’ then I realized it wasn’t deep…just a crawl space…so we climbed out.”
His best experience was one of the first full arrests he responded to as a First Responder. “I did chest compressions and we ended up saving him…it felt really good.”
This summer Fougerousse wants to add EMT training to his First Responder training. His professional goal is to make captain one day.
“I’ve already started classes toward that goal.”
Sometime, down the road, he would like to make Battalion Chief. “That’s a long way away.”
He has a girlfriend, Malori, who is in nursing school. Currently he is living with his parents but is looking to move to Summerville. He has a dog, Max, who is a King Charles Spaniel.
Fougerousse loves playing golf or “any sport really.”
He enjoys fishing and hunting but doesn’t have much time for those pursuits. He is learning to cook and enjoys shopping and hanging out with his girlfriend.
His life goal? To be able to retire.