SHFAD hires Nick Tyler as paramedic

Sean C. Morgan

Nick Tyler is happy to be working in Sweet Home, his home, as Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District’s newest paramedic.

Tyler started work as a full-time paramedic on March 13, four days after finishing school.

He completed his certification at Chemeketa Community College. He succeeds Peter Hall, who recently went to work for Springfield Fire Department.

Tyler graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1997 then served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He was a gunner’s mate aboard the guided missile cruiser CG 68 USS Anzio and stationed at Norfolk, Va. Of the two years he was married, he was only home a total of four months.

After his discharge, Tyler went to work as athletic director for the Boys and Girls Club of Sweet Home then started college.

“I went to LBCC (Linn Benton Community College) and did all my prerequisites for the paramedic program there and got my associate’s degree in general studies and one-year certificate in emergency medical technician,” Tyler said. “I started school thinking I wanted to go into law enforcement, but once I volunteered here, I knew this is what I wanted to do.”

Tyler doesn’t know what first interested him in the fire department. He does remember seeing Mike Carpenter with a fire department hat and asking how he could get one of those hats. Carpenter told him to volunteer, and he did. He was soon working as an intern for the department.

“I like the fire side a lot, fighting fires and responding to fires,” Tyler said. “Once I got into it and learned about the emergency medical services side of things, I really started liking that side of things too.”

Tyler was offered a job in Roseburg the same time he received the offer for Sweet Home. The choice was easy.

“That’s what keeps me going,” Tyler said. “This is home. It’s pretty neat going on a call and being able to relate to the patient.”

That has a down side too, but without that interest, it’s like there’s something missing,” Tyler said. “I definitely think it helps with the job.”

Long term, “I definitely want to promote,” Tyler said. “Right now, I think my goal is just to learn the ropes.”

Even with two years as an intern, he still has more to learn. His goals are being a good a medic and good firefighter.

“The best thing about working here is it’s home,” Tyler said. “I love the community and the district.”

The job provides variety, he said. In Sweet Home, he can get calls up to the pass, the lakes or out to the highways west of town.

Tyler will be 26 this month. He is the son of Mark and Tammy Tyler. He has one adult brother, Nate, who lives in Albany and two younger siblings, Tana and Taran.