Kenowski, Travis Join Marshfield Fire Department
Marshfield, WI (OnFocus) The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department welcomed two new faces in January.
Firefighter/EMT Matthew Travis hails from the Chippewa Fire District. Travis has worked previously in positions as a plumber and Braze Technician, but decided after turning 30 to go back to school for a new career.
“I woke up and had some crazy idea that I wanted to be a paramedic/firefighter,” he said.
After receiving several job offers, Travis and his family decided on Marshfield. As a member of the firefighting community, he had heard positive things about the department.
“As soon as I walked through the door, the people have been great,” he said. “It’s a nice department and people support it. And when your city supports the fire department, it makes life a lot easier.”
Firefighter and Paramedic Jacob Kenowski spent the last five years with Port Edwards Fire Department and two with Nekoosa Ambulance, but has been around the fire service his whole life.
“I grew up climbing on all the different engines, learning everything about them and wanted to do it since I was little,” Kenowski said.
He recalls childhood memories of waiting in the car while his dad, a 30-year volunteer at Port Edwards, was paged to a call. One of the founders of the first responders squad, his dad liked to pass along his knowledge, once instructing a group of Boy Scouts at a first aid event in Wisconsin Rapids.
“He blew everybody out of the water because he brought all that knowledge,” Kenowski said.
Now a licensed paramedic, Kenowski chose Marshfield to start his career full-time. Previously, he worked as a professional mover and CNC Machinist.
“People have been telling me Marshfield’s got a great group of guys there, you’ll fit in great,” he said. “And so far I’ve been absolutely happy as all get out because everybody’s been welcoming to myself and Matt as new guys here, and it’s just been great.”
The two firefighters officially began their shifts this week after a two-week orientation and will earn their helmet shields in one year upon completion of the probation period.