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From Left to Right: Frostburg Fire Department volunteers-
Bill Price, Justin Edwards, Brooks Harrison, Connor Woodring, Samuel Lohff, Brie Lyons
By Rose Gause
Over the past year and a half, Frostburg State University (FSU) senior Sam Lohff has been serving the community as a volunteer firefighter at Frostburg Fire Department (FFD) on Main Street. The FFD protects the students and faculty who attend and work at FSU and the city of Frostburg. They also assist the neighboring fire departments with incident calls in the surrounding communities.
As a volunteer firefighter, Lohff responds to incident calls. He has assisted on multiple scenes involving medical emergencies, house fires, and vehicle accidents. Lohff does not have a set schedule, but runs with the fire department as five times a night or as seldom as every two weeks.
Being a firefighter has been something Lohff has wanted to do since high school. While at Frostburg State, a friend encouraged him to join the fire house team and since doing so he has served on approximately one hundred calls.
“I’ve always wanted to serve my community so it was a no-brainer to become a volunteer firefighter,” Lohff says.
Besides being a volunteer firefighter, Lohff is a member of Phi Mu Delta fraternity. He has also filled several roles in the Lane University Center from info desk to game room desk to building manager and currently serves as a reservations specialist. Over the past four years, Lohff has been involved in the following school organizations: SafeRide, ECHOSTARS, Student Government Association, Bobcat Ambassadors, and Residence Hall Association.
Being a volunteer firefighter, handling school and work responsibilities can be difficult but, Lohff explains how it’s all about time management and knowing your limits.
“Ever since my freshman year, I had to be really good at time managing because of everything I was taking on. I definitely cut back a lot since. It is all about making sure if I have a big project going on that I step back and not report to a scene or a fire call. I don’t have to go on every call. However, for bigger calls, I go even if I have a lot going on because I want to be there to help out. For smaller emergencies and emergencies I’m not trained to respond to, on my busy days I usually hold back,” Lohff says.
Lohff is a geography major and after graduation plans on working for a contractor in Northern Virginia, but being a firefighter is something he plans to continue pursuing.
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