Episode 6 - Justin Klopfenstein | CMC Instructor Series



Join us weekly as we get to know our CMC School instructors. This week we are joined by Justin Klopfenstein. Justin started his fire career early in life. Watching his dad work in the Fire Services, Justin was inspired to start volunteering with Cal Fire in Highschool in 1992. Justin worked as an EMT from 1999 to 2001 when he got hired as a firefighter. He spent 5 years as a Firefighter paramedic, 5 years as an Engineer, 11 years as a captain, and now as a Bataillon Chief. Justin has been a CMC instructor since 2015.

Overheard this episode:

“I’m a huge fan of just practicing your craft and honing your craft.”

“As long as you have that depth of knowledge then you should be safe, you should be OK.”

“I am a member of California Task Force 8 and currently serve as a Rescue Team Manager over there.”

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