Transcript
Toggle Index/Transcript View Switch.
Index
Search this Index
X
00:00:02 - Stager's background and personal life

Play segment

Partial Transcript: This is Gena Forsyth conducting an interview with John Stager on February 27, 2018 for the City of Taylor Mill City Stories Project.

Segment Synopsis: Stager introduces himself in this segment and discusses his very diverse career background prior to becoming the Taylor Mill Fire and EMS Chief. He also talks about how his EMS class resulted in him meeting his future wife.

Keywords: Children; Emergency medical services (EMS); Experiences; Hometowns; Memories; Police officers; Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC); Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Fire departments; Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:06:45 - Career change from police department to fire department / Struggles of police officers

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Is your wife, uh, an EMT?

Segment Synopsis: Stager discusses his reasoning for leaving the police department to work for the fire department / EMS. He talks about how police officers generally get a bad reputation when it comes to their career field and it really takes a toll on ones' worldview; Stager did not want to go through that.

Keywords: Children; Difficulties; Emergency medical services (EMS); Experiences; Hometowns; Hurdles; Memories; Police departments; Police officers; Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC); Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Fire departments; Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:10:33 - Career with the Taylor Mill Fire Department / Changes implemented in the department

Play segment

Partial Transcript: So what did Taylor Mill Fire Department look like when you started here?

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Stager discusses what the fire department looked like when he first started his career there, the changes he has implemented over the course of his time there, and how those changes have affected the department as a whole.

Keywords: Difficulties; Emergency medical services (EMS); Experiences; Fire departments; House fires; Hurdles; Memories; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Fire departments; Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:15:38 - Training requirements for the department / Challenges faced as a fire & EMS chief

Play segment

Partial Transcript: And you mentioned trainings.

Segment Synopsis: In this segment, Stager discusses how he changed the training requirements for his department and made them more intensive than the state requires. He does this to ensure proper training and safety. Stager also reflects on the difficulties he faced when he took on his new role as Fire Chief, as the changes he made to the department were not always so well received.

Keywords: Accreditation; Emergency medical services (EMS); Experiences; Fire departments; Police departments; Small towns; State recognition; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Accreditation; Fire departments; Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:20:18 - Memorable experiences as Fire Chief / Influences

Play segment

Partial Transcript: Sure, sure. And what incident stands out among all others since you've been here?

Segment Synopsis: Stager discusses some of his most memorable experiences as a fire chief, including his work after the Piner tornado. He also reflects on former Chief Halpin, who Stager considers the most inspirational person to him.

Keywords: Difficulties; Emergency medical services (EMS); Experiences; Fire departments; Hometowns; House fires; Hurdles; Memories; Police departments; Small towns; Taylor Mill, Kentucky; Tornadoes

Subjects: Accreditation; Fire departments; Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.)

00:23:45 - Incorporating technology into the department

Play segment

Partial Transcript: And then, I'm kind of backing up a little bit with the changes that take place all the time here...

Segment Synopsis: Stager talks about the changes he has brought on to the department, specifically on the technological side of things. He has incorporated technological programs to help improve the efficiency of his department. He also talks about his favorite aspects of his work as Fire Chief, as opposed to his former positions in the fire department.

Keywords: Children; Difficulties; Emergency medical services (EMS); Experiences; Fire departments; Memories; Small towns; Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Subjects: Fire departments; Municipal government; Small cities; Taylor Mill (Ky.); Technological innovations