Nichol, Stephanie

When I got out of high school (2012), I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had a dream to help others in any way that I could. That’s when I went to school to become a medic. However, that was not enough for me. I wanted to bring more to the community, something with a higher adrenaline rush. A light come on in my head and that moment I knew with my whole heart, I am going to become a firefighter. As a female, I had no idea where to begin. I was intimidated by the men in this occupation. I’m 5’5 and at the time 124lbs soaking wet (now around 130lbs-132lbs). They would lift twice if not more than I could. I was determined to excel and conquer this goal. That is when I met the man that changed my life and helped me reach a dream so far out of reach, his name is CJ Baker.

I would see CJ around the gym training clients and on his own time training himself. The way he trains is so magical. The focus, the intensity, and the effort that goes into his training, left me mesmerised. I approached him, told him my goals and without hesitation he took me under his wing. We started training together in 2013 and we trained HARD. I was taught how to train myself mentally, emotionally, and physically. Next thing you knew, I was doing pull ups so effortlessly, deadlifting close to 300lbs and gaining muscle that I did not know I could grow. I grew in confidence and applied to firefighting college in 2015. The training and learning was very intense but I knew I was well prepared for it.

Flash forward to 2016, I become a career Firefighter/Medic in Alberta. Every day I got to live my dream helping others. When “The Beast”, a massive wildland fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta occurred, I was fortunate enough to get deployed out to help. That is an experience I will never forget. Due to life events, I left my job and am currently residing in Saskatchewan. I am on the volunteer fire department in my new town and am pursuing another level in my paramedics. Eventually, once I am done school I will be applying to the big city departments and will become a career firefighter/medic again. As well as stay a volunteer firefighter. Oh and of course, keep lifting my weights and breaking new personal bests!

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