Chris Betsinger

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“Flexibility and the ability to think outside the box.”

On the most valuable traits for this line of work.

Chris Betsinger

Chris Betsinger

Volunteer Captain

Station 3: Hoback


Where are you from? I am from Minnesota originally.

How did you make it to Jackson? I moved to Jackson for a wildland firefighting position with the US Forest Service.

And what do you do for work? I work in Facilities Maintenance with the US Forest Service.

How do you enjoy spending your free time? Snowmobiling, skate skiing, camping, fishing, hanging out with my 2 kids, splitting and delivering firewood, and working on odds-and-ends handyman projects.

How long have you been a part of JH Fire/EMS?  Officially since 2005 or 2006…?

What made you want to join initially? I rode along to several calls with former Battalion Chief Bill Neckels, and I eventually joined as an official volunteer.

What is your role in the department? I am a volunteer firefighter at Station 3.

What are your current certifications? Firefighter 2 and EMR.

What would you say is the most challenging part of volunteering? Keeping up with all the training and certifications.

What is the most valuable trait for someone to have in this department as a volunteer?  Flexibility and the ability to think outside the box.

What do you think you bring to the department? An ability to keep the mechanics of a scene functioning.

Do you have anyone who you particularly look up to? Mike Moyer and Chip Gerdin, a retired USFS wildland firefighter, former neighbor, and friend.