Tyler Behrends

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Tyler knew he wanted to be a firefighter since he was a kid. While still in high school, Tyler discovered Sauk’s Fire Science program and started to prepare himself. He became a volunteer firemen and took advantage of Sauk’s dual credit program. Tyler had twelve college-level credits under his belt before he even graduated high school. “I would recommend [taking dual credit] to anybody,” said Tyler, “It worked out great.”

After high school, Tyler jumped right into the Fire Science classes at Sauk. Tyler wanted to be done with his degree before he turned 21—often the minimum age of employment for fire departments. Right on schedule, Tyler graduated in May of 2014 from Sauk’s Fire Science program, ready for employment. Having that degree from Sauk on his resume put him ahead of the competition.

Tyler had nothing but good things to say about Sauk’s Fire Science Program. “It’s a great opportunity to go to Sauk, the instructors are a great team, you’re part of a big family, and there’s lots of one-on-one instruction,” noted Tyler. He is also thrilled with the state-of-the-art equipment available at Sauk, “I can’t believe that other programs have anything better.” Tyler wants to remain local as a fireman and eventually return to Sauk as a teacher. “If I could draw up a dream plan that would be it.”