Sierra Frontier Medical Resources, Inc. (SFMR) and Downieville Fire Protection District (DFPD) announce the employment of a paramedic in Western Sierra County for this summer.
Rachel Defibaugh from Fairfax County, Virginia has a background in advanced life support and firefighting. This highly qualified woman is a graduate of the Paramedic Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, holds an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, with extensive experience as a massage therapist in a chiropractic office and sports industry. Rachel describes the six years working with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department as the most rewarding time of her life, and she feels it’s where she developed her passion for paramedicine.
Rachel enjoys outdoor activities and hopes to spend her days off hiking, trail running, camping, and exploring Sierra County’s many beautiful areas. She recently bought a mountain bike and hopes to “learn a thing or two” about the sport here in Downieville. She’s an avid reader and advocate for health through fitness and nutrition. Her hope is to be engaged with the community and is “excited to meet everyone and explore her new home”.
Rachel was hired through SFMR’s Western Sierra County Paramedic Pilot Project which was created in collaboration with the DFPD and the Downieville Volunteer Fire Department members to expand life-support services and ultimately achieve year-round, 24/7 community-wide coverage with paramedic positions. Rachel and any future paramedics will work with the dedicated volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians and Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians of the DFPD Ambulance System.