A volunteer in the fire and emergency services for over a decade, Vance Ervin is truly an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Ervin began his years of service with the Ledyard Volunteer Fire Department (CT) in 1994 where he held line officer positions as Department Captain and First Lieutenant. He also acted as a training officer and a vehicle training officer. Yet what truly speaks to this firefighter’s commitment is the fact that Ervin spent much of his off-duty time performing non-emergency roles for the department. Even after he had completed his regular duties, Ervin would remain at the department to work on any issues that might arise in order to keep operations running smoothly.
In 2003, Ervin joined the Bernalillo County Fire Department (BCFD) Fire Corps where he has continued his tireless efforts. He has served as a lead instructor for many classes offered by the department and as lead responder of the Emergency Services Unit, which provides first responder rehab and canteen services on larger calls within their jurisdiction. Deputy Chief Mike Jaffa also calls Ervin the "most active member" of their Fire Corps program. This says a lot given the importance that the BCFD places on Fire Corps. All new volunteers, including those who wish to become firefighters, start in the Fire Corps Academy and begin service to the department and community in that capacity.
In recognition of his efforts at the BCFD, Ervin was awarded a Medal of Meritorious Service last June and was promoted to Lieutenant of the Bernalillo Fire Corps program in October. Vance Ervin’s dedication and hard work has proven invaluable to his community, the Bernalillo County Fire Department, and the Fire Corps program.