What are the responsibilities of a Fire Tech?
Fire Systems Technicians are responsible for the testing of the fire alarms, sprinkler systems and related equipment in healthcare facilities served by Medxcel. We perform maintenance and inspections of the life safety systems and equipment and are the on-site subject matter experts on fire alarms and fire suppression. We work with our customers to ensure compliance is met and maintain buildings to meet the standards and codes dictated by the state and local Fire Marshal, The Joint Commission and the Department of Health and Environment.
How has Medxcel helped you grow in your career?
Medxcel offers extensive training opportunities. When I started here, I was experienced in sprinklers but had less experience with fire alarms. I was given the opportunity to cross-train and learn about fire alarms through an online course which led to a national certification in fire alarm inspections. I have taken additional courses and if we find other trainings that would be beneficial, Medxcel gives us the green light to pursue them. There’s really no limit to learning and growing in your career with Medxcel.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love being able to work within a set of hospitals year after year and see the systems we put in place in case of emergency working as planned. We never want to see a fire, but we’ve experienced two in the past few years and the systems my team and I are responsible for functioned exactly as planned and extinguished the fires. Working on-site allows us to get the systems back online in a matter of hours after an incident so our hospital sites and their patients are always as safe as possible.
What is the most unusual thing that has happened to you during your work at Medxcel?
I’m in Wisconsin and a few years ago we experienced the Polar Vortex. Temps were in the negative twenties and one of our office buildings had a window that had been left open since the summer. The office froze, the sprinkler heads popped but because it was so cold ice slugs grew a few inches off the sprinkler heads. The sprinkler system reacted as planned, but never discharged with actual water because it was so cold.
What have you learned on the job that you did not expect?
I didn’t realize how much our teams would be involved with compliance and joint commission work. I’ve definitely learned the value of proper documentation. Without the Medxcel team it would take the hospital months to gather the proper documentation to stay code compliant.
Which of Medxcel’s Core Values speak most to you?
Integrity. I’ve been in this industry for over twenty years now and there are a lot of shortcuts that can be taken with inspections, testing and installation, and it may go on for years without showing. At Medxcel we demonstrate integrity by doing everything right the first time, making sure everything is working and is done correctly. The safety of the hospital employees, the public, and their patients is in our hands. Doing our jobs the right way, with integrity, ensures their safety.