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Kyle Bragg

Published Feb. 3, 2012
Note: In some instances, volunteer roles and titles may have changed since these stories were first published.

Central Hudson Job Title: Assistant Transmission Design Engineer
Volunteer Efforts Include: 1st Lieutenant, Highland Fire Dept.

During my senior year of high school, my twin sister Heather was the victim of a serious motor vehicle accident that rolled her truck onto its roof, trapping her inside. She escaped the incident with only minor bumps and bruises due in no small part to the swift and professional actions of the Highland Fire Department. To this day I’ve never forgotten the call from my uncle Ben (then a past chief and active member of that fire department) describing to me what had happened, and the indescribable feeling of relief from his voice saying that she was going to be all right.

It was then that I decided I wanted to be there for others just like my uncle and the rest of the Highland Fire Department was for my sister and my family when we needed them the most. I joined my uncle, cousin and grandfather as a member of the Highland Fire Department in 2006, while enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During college you could usually find me back home on the weekends down at the firehouse studying for school and sifting through the endless stacks of Fire Engineering magazines and training videos. I attended training drills and classes, trying to learn anything and everything I could so that when the time came to act, I would know just what to do.


Kyle Bragg at work as a Assistant Transmission Design Engineer for Central Hudson

We have a proud organization comprised of approximately 50 volunteer members, seven pieces of fire apparatus, four command vehicles, and one utility trail rescue vehicle occupying two fire stations. In 2011 the Highland Fire Department responded to more than 600 individual incidents ranging from automatic fire alarms, structure fires, mutual aid to other departments, car accidents, public service calls, carbon monoxide alarms, odors of natural gas and even a dog rescue from inside a roadway culvert. In addition, members also attended monthly company training, bi-monthly “Duty Nights” to check equipment, annual self contained breathing apparatus training, extrication and driver recertifications, and firefighter assist and search team training.

In 2011, I was elected by the membership of the department to the position of 1st Lieutenant. As part of my responsibilities I work with the other officers to coordinate training, complete our annual OSHA requirements and maintain equipment and facilities. Most of all, we work to ensure that each and every time we respond to an alarm that our members have the necessary knowledge and training to mitigate the incident as safely as possible so that we can all return to the firehouse and our families.

Here at Central Hudson I work as an Assistant Transmission Design Engineer, but in my community I’m a son, a brother and a volunteer.

Sincerely,
Kyle Bragg