|Local 4184 is proud to have Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Drabinski as our first member to be profiled on our website.
Matt was hired with the San Marcos Fire Department in 2005, as a Part-Time EMT. After only 3 months with SMC, Matt began attending Paramedic school. In March of 2007, Matt returned to SMC as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
Matt grew up in Yucaipa, Ca. After graduating high school, Matt attended UC Santa Barbara, where he got his Bachelors Degree in Enviornmental Science.
In 2004 Matt attended Crafton Hills Fire Academy. His father is a 27 year veteran of the Redlands Fire Department and for the last 3 years, has been the Fire Chief of the Department.
In 2003, Matt took off 3 months and traveled Europe. He even took time to "Run with the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain.
Matt and his family reside in Clairemont. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Corianne, for 2 1/2 years. They have one daughter, 5 month old Ava.
During Local 4184's brief interview with Matt, we asked him a few questions.
Local 4184: What inspired you to become a fireman?
Matt: I grew up around the fire service and noticed that all the fireman were very happy with the job that they did. They were always happy knowing they were able to assist the public in their time of need.
Local 4184: How did you end up at San Marcos Fire?
Matt: I was new to the area, I had just moved down from Yuciapa, and I was looking to get hired as an EMT. At the time, San Marcos was hiring. Honestly, I knew nothing about San Marcos prior to getting hired as an EMT. After spending 3 months as an EMT, I really enjoyed working with the Firefighters at San Marcos. It also gave me the opprotunity to see what the Department was about. The training we do and the high expectations that SMC has was very appealing to me. I knew that this was the department I wanted to work for.
Local 4184: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Matt: I would like to continue working my way up the ranks. As long as I can become a competent and dependable fireman and I'm ready to challenge myself again, I'd like to see myself as an Engineer in 10 years.
Local 4184: What is your idea of the 'Perfect' vacation?
Matt: I'd like to spend some time anywhere tropical, with my family. Someplace where I can surf, drink my cervesas and eat some octopus cocktail.
Local 4184: What is your favorite movie? and why?
Matt: The Godfather. It just is!