Meet Golden Valley Firefighter Ben Vogel

For Ben Vogel, joining the Golden Valley Fire Department was "easily one of the top five decisions I've made in my life." He'd wanted to sign up when he moved to Golden Valley, but after putting it off for 10 years, he realized there was never going to be a perfect time.

"The first six months of training is pretty significant," says Vogel. "But you end up fully prepared and well informed to contribute as a firefighter. For me, too, it's a great confidence builder."

Vogel feels good helping out at fire calls and says he learns a lot working with the more experienced firefighters. "It’s been better than I expected," he adds. "If you’re willing to make the commitment and have your family's backing, from my perspective, it would be one of the best decisions of your life."