Tyler Wight

“[My favorite part is] showing up for people in the community who are having one of their worst days.”

Tyler Wight

Tyler Wight

Volunteer FFI/EMT

Station 1: Jackson

Where are you from and how did you find your way to Jackson? I am from Concord, MA. I found my way to Jackson by working as a travel adventure guide in the summers based out of Jackson, through a college avalanche science course, and by following my older brother.

What is your role in the department? I am a volunteer at Station 1.

How long have you been a part of JH Fire/EMS? Two and a half years.

What made you want to join initially? I took a WEMT course in Kelly, WY and visited the fire station during our course. I was inspired by the firefighters that showed us around the station and spoke to us about the job. I dove more into a medical career during the start of the first wave of the covid pandemic; it was an interesting but inspiring time to jump into the medical world.

What are your current certs? Firefighter 1, Wildland Redcard, HAZMAT A&O, EMT-B.

What are your future goals in the department? I hope to continue to learn and hone my skills as a firefighter and medical provider

How do you balance volunteering with your friends and family? Having an understanding and supportive partner and circle of friends is the only way to make it work.

What do you do for work? I work as a ski patroller, river guide, emergency room technician, public art installer, construction worker, and on mountain bike patrol.

How do you spend your free time? I love to ski, raft, bike, kayak, camp, and explore the great outdoors.

What is your favorite part of volunteering? Showing up for people in the community who are having one of their worst days.

Most challenging aspect? The balance of many jobs in the world of first responding, and having limited time to make it all happen.

What advice would you give new recruits? Come to work ready for anything, and to soak up all the knowledge that gets sent your way.

Is there anything you wish you had known when starting? I had a few friends that were involved in the department before I joined, so I had a solid idea of expectations. These people were all instrumental for me.

What is the most important trait for someone to have in this line of work? To be a lifetime learner

What do you think you bring to the department? I believe I am a hard worker and a team player and am always happy to plug in wherever I am needed.

Who is your mentor/who do you look up to in the department? I am inspired by people across the whole department, from the brand new to the very seasoned, all these people I trust with my own life.