First person: Not easy being green

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Doug Scioli began volunteering as a fire fighter in Texico in 1978.

Doug Scioli, 48, is the reason fire engines for Texico’s volunteer fire department are green. When Scioli’s boss first saw the green fire engines, he was upset. But Scioli held that making the fire engines from each of the area cities different colors helps avoid confusion on scene.

Volunteer to career: I began being a volunteer fire fighter in Texico in 1978. Being a volunteer fire fighter made me want to be a career fire fighter. I joined the Clovis Fire Department. Being able to do things and help people gets in your blood and you can’t get it out. After I retired from CFD, my son was brought on and I returned to volunteering for Texico as the assistant fire chief.

Family mission: My sons are both fire fighters and my wife is a volunteer EMT for Texico also. There’s no other way to do it than have your family with you. It makes the family stay together. My wife understands why I have to leave at 3 a.m. sometimes. It makes a big difference.

Regional family: Texico fire department works well with the other departments in the area. We work with Clovis, Farwell, Melrose and Portales really well. It’s kind of like a big family. If one of us gets hurt, we’re all there, it doesn’t matter.

Grandkids: I have two living grandsons and four living granddaughters. One of my grandson’s died Dec. 19. He was born prematurely on Oct. 27. There was nothing wrong with him, the Good Lord just had a plan to take him. We called him “Little Superman” because they said he had no chance to live and he lasted eight weeks. I was holding him in my arms when he died.

Shift work: The best thing about working shift work is that you work for 24 hours and you’re off for 48. You can do anything. I’ve mowed lawns, done some screen printing and help my brother at his auto shop among other things.

Bike time: When I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my family. When I’m not hanging out with my family, I’m riding one of my three Harleys. My wife rides with me and me and my friends and sons and daughter ride all the time. We do toy drives as much as we can. There’s nothing like a long distance ride on a nice day.

Of note: I was named the volunteer fire fighter of the year in 2008 by the Eagles. It was odd because usually I’m the one doing the nominating. But I was honored.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo