Funkhouser named new training chief

Rick Funkhouser

Rick Funkhouser has been named training chief for the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue. He replaces former training chief Bill Streett, who was promoted to operations chief in December. Funkhouser was one of four to interview for the job.

Funkhouser, a native of Mount Jackson, said he hopes that his extensive experience in both fire and medicine will benefit him in his new role.

“I’m trained to the paramedic level so that brings a lot,” he said. “I’ll be coordinating the logistics of training throughout the county both career and volunteer – not necessarily instructing all the time. (I’ll be) working with the Department of Fire Programs and working with my counterparts in other jurisdictions.”

Funkhouser, who began his fire and rescue career at age 24, has been a captain with Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue for the last 4 1/2 years. Overall, the 47-year-old Funkhouser has been with Shenandoah County since 2002.

Funkhouser explained how he thinks his unique skill set can help bring some new perspective to the training realm.

“I want to make an impact, not necessarily change a whole lot of things but make an impact with the knowledge I’ve received,” he said. “Not only am I a paramedic, I’m an officer too and I’m a registered nurse.”

Funkhouser said that he’s excited to start working in his new role, which he will assume on Monday.

“It’s a mixture of feelings,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. There’s some anxiety there to make sure I do a good job. There’s a lot to learn and there’s a lot that I can hopefully pass on.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com