Lakeland Fire Department’s very own fire equipment supervisor Alan Jarvis has been selected as one of the top five Emergency Vehicle Technicians in the nation by Firehouse Magazine! The highly competitive award is given by Firehouse Magazine, a national leader in fire service news and information.
The EVT of the Year Award was created to recognize the dedication and professionalism of men and women committed to the safe operation of emergency apparatus and support of emergency responders and their communities. The work EVT’s do is essential to the smooth operation of a fire department and is crucial in making sure emergency responders can get to those in need.
Alan has been highly valued and appreciated member of the department since 1988. The following nomination narrative outlines his hard work and the merits of his award:
"Alan Jarvis began his career with the Lakeland Fire Department as a Fire Equipment Mechanic on December 5, 1988. He served in that capacity until his promotion to Fire Equipment Supervisor on December 30, 2001. Alan is unique in that he is not only a highly certified mechanic, but also a certified firefighter. He has received many certifications that support the extensive mechanical work he performs and supervises for the department. He is Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified as a medium and heavy truck master technician. Additionally, Alan is a certified automobile master technician and an emergency vehicle master technician.
The Lakeland Fire Department is fortunate to have its own in-house Maintenance Division. Our maintenance personnel are dedicated solely to the maintenance and repair of fire department apparatus and equipment as a separate division from the City of Lakeland’s fleet maintenance.
As the department’s Fire Equipment Supervisor, Alan supervises the department’s two Fire Equipment Mechanics as well as oversees the maintenance and repairs of all of the department’s apparatus (16), staff vehicles (17), hundreds of pieces of firefighting equipment and all of the fire station emergency generators (8). Additionally, Alan and the team he supervises maintain all of the department’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) equipment including its two ARFF trucks.
Alan also directly makes our department better and unique by overseeing the annual, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) mandated testing of all of the department’s Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), hoses, pumps, and ladders; done entirely in house by him and his small team which adds incredible value to the department.
In addition to his many responsibilities, Alan serves on multiple technical committees for the city and fire department, including the department’s safety committee, apparatus and equipment purchasing / replacement committees, and any other committee where the department needs his expertise.
Alan is exceptional not only on the job, but in his community. On his few days off, he is very involved with activities that promote our department and builds education and awareness of our citizenry. Most recently, Alan oversaw and restored a local children’s museum exhibit and he and his team are currently working adamantly in their spare time to restore a 1939 Pirsch fire engine. Their efforts will result in preserving a vital piece of the department’s rich history for future generations to enjoy.
Alan and his team also give back to the community by contributing their technical and mechanical skills in assisting with the repair and maintenance of electronic wheel chairs for elderly, handicapped citizens. They do this at no cost to those that they assist, and do so entirely on their personal time as a coordinated effort with VISTE (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly); all to assist the less fortunate who would otherwise not have the financial means to afford this service.
Alan has been an exemplary employee for the City of Lakeland Fire Department for 30 years. He has achieved numerous commendations for his service and high level of productivity. Alan is a positive role model who leads by example by always giving 110% and consistently displays a positive attitude, in the face of every situation. He is knowledgeable, friendly, trustworthy, valued, and admired. He is truly a servant leader that always puts the welfare and best interest of the citizens and the organization above his own.
Subsequently, I am honored to be able to nominate Alan Jarvis for the 2015 Emergency Vehicle Technician of the year award. This summary above doesn’t begin to do him and how incredible he is justice but it provides a glimpse as to why the entire department, myself included, feel that he should be recognized as Firehouse's Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year."
Congratulations to Big Al, as he is affectionately known at the department, on being recognized nationwide for your wonderful work. Thank you for your committed service to Lakeland and to the Lakeland Fire Department!
Read more about the award from Firehouse Magazine here.