Nathan Boor

Nathan Boor has wanted to be a firefighter for as long as he can remember. “My next door neighbor growing up was a volunteer firefighter. When I was four years old he took me for a ride in a fire truck and I’ve wanted to be a firefighter ever since.”

While attending Red Jacket High School, Boor joined his hometown volunteer fire department in Shortsville as soon as he turned 16. Shortsville is a community about 10 minutes north of Canandaigua in Ontario County. Boor learned about OCC’s Fire Protection Technology major from a fellow Shortsville firefighter. “He had gone through the program and told me all about it. I came here, checked it out, found out OCC has the best program in New York State and came to school here.”

During the summer of 2015 Boor landed a valuable internship with C&S Companies, a consulting firm in Syracuse. He assisted with CAD drawings and design work for businesses, designed fire suppression systems and fire alarms, and tested fire alarm systems in the field. Boor also developed a flood emergency response plan for a company located next to a river and learned about codes, regulations and insurance standards. “I really enjoyed it but at the end of the summer I realized I needed to be outside working with my hands. I really enjoy working hard and don’t mind being sweaty and dirty.”

Today Boor is in the Fire Protection Technology major and on track to graduate in December 2015. He’s a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and is the organization’s Vice President for Leadership. When Boor is in between classes you can find him in the PTK Lounge in Mawhinney Hall. “You get a great feeling there. You’re surrounded by students who want to do well and encourage each other to do well. There’s a network of students willing to help each other out. I would not have been able to do as well as I did last semester taking 20 credit hours without the lounge.”

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