Leadership

Matthew Frankforther

I grew up outside of the City of Fostoria on our family farm.  I never thought that I would be in the fire service while growing up as I did not have any family members who were firefighters.  I started schooling to become an electrician and after three years decided that it was not the career for me.  I got my start in the fire service on a whim while driving past my local volunteer fire department in 2012.  I was driving through Tiffin one afternoon and remember seeing the doors at the station up.  I was thinking that could be an exciting job, so I signed up.  I received my first certifications in May of 2020 and I was hooked.  The fire service is like belonging to a big family and I get to help the community too.  It is very rewarding.  In 2014 I completed my firefighter I and Emergency Medical Responder certifications.  This is when I knew I wanted to do this job as a career.  In 2017 I completed my EMT Basic certification and started looking for a paid position.  I had received a full-time position at Hanco EMS and was able to improve my skills at a high paced and busy EMS department.  The following year I was given a huge opportunity when I applied and received a permanent part time position with Napoleon Fire and Rescue.  I have continued to develop myself while working at Napoleon Fire and Rescue and have completed my firefighter II certification and am working on my paramedic certification.  My goal is to be working full time at a fire department.  I am thankful to the career that I have and to be able to share it with a wonderful daughter who is eight years old.  She supports me even when I work during her school events and holidays.  I truly feel like I have the best job in the world.  I get to do what I love and work with my friends.  How many others can say that?