By Lori Stone, Senior Public Safety Advisor, FirstNet Authority
Maryland native Steve Wantz has spent his entire adult life working with, and for, the public—first in the Baltimore County Fire Department and now as an elected commissioner in Carroll County. In a career spanning more than 45 years, he says the communication skills he honed as a firefighter now help him represent the citizens of his district.
“Communicating is one of the best tools that we have,” he explains. “The fire service gave me that common sense base, because when you pull up to the scene of an incident, what do you do? You put your heads together and say, ‘Okay, here’s what we’re going to do. Let’s go.’ That’s how I operate to this day. I think it’s important to be responsive, transparent, and use common sense.”