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Rhys Eastham, a Volvo CE North America employee, volunteers as a firefighter in Pennsylvania.
Rhys Eastham, a Volvo CE North America employee, volunteers as a firefighter in Pennsylvania.

Rescuing in his blood

A Volvo CE firefighter

The Building Tomorrow Project

Volvo CE employee Rhys Eastham has both rescuing and saving in his blood. Alongside his day job he is working as a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania.
“In both my roles, it’s about serving people and quickly responding to the need of the moment”, he says.

As the Director of Uptime and Technical Services for Volvo CE, North America, Eastham leads a team tasked with helping dealers keep Volvo equipment in North America up and running. Every morning, this team assembles in a “war room” to deal with machine issues that have been escalated by the local dealer. They require immediate attention.

But, for Eastham, this vital service and support extends far beyond his job at Volvo. He also serves as a lieutenant for Carlisle Fire & Rescue, a Pennsylvania, U.S.-based fire department made up almost entirely of volunteers. As an appointed fire line officer, Eastham is called to emergency situations as a first responder. With a day job, this means early mornings and late nights of service to Carlisle and surrounding communities when it’s needed most.

“In both my roles, it’s about serving people and quickly responding to the need of the moment,” Eastham said. “I’m always catching people in tough situations — at the fire department, it can be life and death. I’m grateful to be able to help out in that moment and to make an impact in someone’s life.”

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