Have you ever wondered who builds those big, shiny fire engines? Cosumnes Fire Engineer Rob Henkens has helped build 24 fire apparatus while on the Fire Department Apparatus Committee over the last 15 years. In addition, he has been fighting fires, protecting and saving life and property, and providing emergency medical services to the community for the last 27 years.
Engineer Henkens has served the community both on and off the job. He is a Deacon at his church, he has been a Car Seat Technician and a Fire Chaplin, put up Christmas tree lights in Old Town Elk Grove, and even performed at parades, elementary schools and events as Sparky the Fire Dog.
Engineer Henkens loves his job and the fact that every day is different. “I never know what we could be doing from day to day because no call is the same,” he said. “I like responding to fires, vehicle accidents and water rescues, and especially being able to help people.”
But Engineer Henkens doesn’t stop helping people when he’s off duty. Captain Rick Haas notes, “Rob donates hundreds of hours each year to sow into the lives of local youth.” As a 4-H Club Leader, he mentors and helps kids build leadership skills like responsibility, resiliency and hard work. He has many years of coaching high school football under his belt and continues to help youth by serving as President of the Pleasant Grove Football Booster Club.
Captain Ryan Crabtree describes Engineer Henkens as a “true master of his trade and is always willing to mentor aspiring Engineers and coworkers.” Engineer Henkens is a passionate and dedicated leader at Cosumnes Fire, and it is our pleasure to recognize him in this month’s Employee Spotlight.