My name is Joel Carr. I joined the Bel air Volunteer Fire Company my senior year of college in June of 2009. I attended Towson University and a couple of my friends there volunteered in Baltimore County. They would tell me about calls they responded to and the training they did. I became even more curious about being a firefighter, especially since my grandfather was a career firefighter, retired from Baltimore County. Surprisingly, as soon as I joined, I became hooked. I graduated with my Bachelors in Sports Management at Towson University. Instead of applying to careers in my major, I applied to any career fire department that was hiring. Though I did not get hired right away it did not deter my spirit.
I continued volunteering with BAVFC and completed training in the following: Emergency Medical Technician Basic, Pro Board Firefighter 2, Instructor 3, Fire Officer 4, Fire Apparatus Driver Operator and Aerial Operator, most notably. During the first few years my availability to volunteer would fluctuate. I became tremendously more active when the Patterson Mill Fire Station opened in 2012. That is when I put in my mind to work hard, become an EVD and then an officer.
I became a Sergeant in 2014. In 2015, I got cleared as an engine driver and then made Lieutenant the same year. More recently, I made Captain of the Patterson Mill station after fulfilling the requirements for the position. Major responsibilities of a station Captain include managing the station budget and the apparatus assigned to the station (2 Medic Units, 1 Engine, and 1 Tower ).
Volunteering has become even more of a family tradition. My wife recently began volunteering with Bel Air. We have two children, Isabella (3 years) and Bentley (7 months) who frequently visit the station and enjoy seeing the apparatus.
Being a firefighter has turned into a full time endeavor for me. I am currently an EMT/FF with the Baltimore County Fire Department. My favorite part of being a firefighter, is that any time I go to work or volunteer, there are no two days that are the same. Every call is different. There is never a day I have not experienced or learned something new.