Austin Memmer and Eric Skinner took the oath of office at Fire Station No. 1 and officially joined the Edina Fire Department as Paramedic-Firefighters Nov. 30.
Prior to joining the Edina Fire Department, Memmer, who holds an associate degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College, worked as a firefighter for the Chippewa Fire Department and an EMT for the Osceola Area Ambulance Service. Memmer also worked as a paramedic for Gold Cross in Duluth and a firefighter-first responder in Proctor, Minnesota.
Memmer, given badge No. 98, said he enjoys working in this field because he wants to live a life of service, and because of his interest in human anatomy and physiology. Having interned with the Edina Fire Department, Memmer was already familiar with the department.
“I felt welcomed and like I was part of the team,” he said. “This is hard to find, so I knew it was a special department and city.”