North Carolina firefighter ignites new passion for educating youth on fire safety

  • Source: WWAY-TV ABC/CBS/CW+ 3 Wilmington
  • Published: 04/22/2022 12:00 AM

What started as an activity for one firefighter to do with his kids is now earning him likes, follows, and comments on social media. Chris Maleta and his family moved to Brunswick County nearly two years ago from Kansas where he served as a firefighter for 13 years. He’s continued his career in North Carolina and has now been in the fire service for 15 years. “My family has been in the fire service for over 100 years. I have cousins in Saint Joe, Missouri where they started their firefighting careers. My grandfather was then on the Kansas City Fire Department and that’s what led my cousin, myself, and my brother to join the Kansas City Fire Department,” Maleta said. Before making the move to North Carolina, Maleta was in a bookstore and found a fire safety book and wondered how someone who had never spent a day in turnout gear could share safety tips.


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