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New firefighter sworn in
Local Griego, 25, began as Explorer, progressed to paid-call
BARSTOW • A paid-call firefighter was sworn in Tuesday to full-time duty, joining ranks with 20 other personnel within the Barstow Fire Protection District.
Daniel Griego, 25, was the top scoring, and only local applicant, among 20 who vied to fill the firefighter/paramedic position during two-week testing in August.
“It feels satisfying,” Griego said. “Since I was 17, my goal has been to be a firefighter/medic.”
Personnel now includes 18 firefighters on the floor, one support assistant, Fire Chief Rich Ross and Assistant Fire Chief Sal Corrao.
The position had become vacant and remained unfilled after across-the-board promotions were given following Chief Darrell Jauss’ retirement April 1, 2012, according to Ross.
“(Griego) did really well testing,” Ross said. It was enough to beat out 19 other candidates from different areas of Southern California.
“We definitely try and develop our own people in-house,” Ross said.
As part of testing, applicants had to take part in the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT), a 100-question written test, a series of medic assessment tests, two oral interviews and turn in their certifications, according to Griego.
A combined score was then given to each candidate.
Applicants were required to have earned Firefighter 1 certification and their paramedic credential to apply.
The trajectory to a full-time position for Griego, son of Barstow Police Department Detective Leo Griego, began eight years ago as a BFPD explorer. It has since included a six-month academy and two and a half years to earn paramedic credentials.
Griego also holds several other credentials, which include trench rescue, confined space and low angle rope rescue operations, he said.
He credited Tuesday’s swear-in as a testament to the mentorship he has received from fellow firefighters since his first day.
Tuesday also marked the beginning of his standard 18-month probation period, three months with each fire captain.
“I can already feel some of the brotherhood here — the camaraderie,” he said.
His is the first such position, according to Ross, hired by the BFPD in nearly five years.
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.