Brett Tichenor didn’t start out working in the fire service.
After graduating with a marketing degree from Southeast Missouri State, he realized he wanted a career where he could help people and began pursuing an emergency services career.
“I knew I wanted a career where I could make a difference, and I knew I wanted to serve the community where I grew up,” says Tichenor, a longtime O’Fallon resident and graduate of Fort Zumwalt West. “Fire/EMS is such an exciting field, because we’re constantly training, adapting to new technologies, and doing everything we can so that we’re prepared to offer the best possible protection for our community.”
Tichenor, a proud member of IAFF Local 2665, attended the St. Louis County Fire Academy, where he received Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations certifications. He then attended Lewis & Clark Community College, where he trained as an EMT, before going on to become a paramedic.
Tichenor holds advanced EMS certifications in International Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Stroke Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support, Pediatric Trauma Life Support, Emergency Pediatric Care and Advanced Burn Life Support.
“I’m excited for the challenge to meet and hopefully exceed expectations as a ‘rookie,’” he says. “I can’t wait to learn the OFPD way from everyone at the firehouse.”
Outside of work, Tichenor enjoys golfing, boating and spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks.