First Responder: Larry Goscha
April 3, 2012
Larry Goscha, 62, has been a volunteer firefighter at the Grand Lake Fire Protection District since July 2000. He grew up in Denver and was a banker for 33 years.
“I’ve had a desire to help people all my life,” Goscha said. “I like to challenge myself physically and mentally.”
He built a second home in 1990, semi-retired in 2000, then moved to Grand Lake full-time and subsequently joined the department as a volunteer. Goscha also serves as a treasurer on the Grand Lake Fire Protection District’s board.
What does the job entail?
You have to have the ability to learn tactics and have the skills to save life and property – to eliminate hazards.
How did you learn the skills?
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As a volunteer you go through a 90-day probationary period. I learned by going to department training, and going on calls including responding to fires and medical assists for EMT.
What are the most challenging types of calls?
All calls are a challenge. You don’t know what you’re going to face. Motor vehicle accidents. Ice rescues. Structure fires.
What do you like most about being on the team?
When I got out of banking, I was surprised how much I missed being part of a fellowship. When you get away from people, you miss that. Working as a firefighter filled a gap. I have good friendships and fellowship with the other firefighters. When you are on-scene, you’re looking out for the safety of others. Your’re conscious of the safety factor whether you are on the truck or partnered up in a building. Your life is in your friend’s hand. You run into a problem, he is your savior. You bond pretty tight with people.