This issue, Cyrus Fire from Facilities took some time to answer a few of our questions. Thanks Cyrus!
FWRI Section / Location:
Facilities, JU building, St. Petersburg
Property Admin II – FWRI St. Pete
Admin Assistant – FWRI St. Pete
Mail Clerk – State of Ohio
BFA – Columbus College of Art and Design
What are you working on now?
I am working with the home office to help brainstorm and plan for the 2021 annual inventory.
How is this information beneficial?
This information will hopefully make next years annual inventory audit go much more efficiently then it has in years past. This will allow the researchers to get back to doing what they love to do as soon as possible.
What is your typical work day like?
My typical work day includes approving surplus orders, filing surplus approval receipts, one on one meetings with staff and group management team meetings, following up with various departments to ensure timely acquisition of items marked for surplus to be picked up and either stored or disposed of properly. I approve and submit MP6401 forms to the home office for the surplus of vehicles as well as assisting in the coordination of a towing service between our stakeholders and DMS. Uploading signed property number request forms to the portal. I submit Wex card requests and field questions about surplus/acquisitions. Processing and mailing out of property number requests. I help people get tags for vessels and vehicles as well. Oversee any issues concerning the mailroom or janitorial staff.
What is your greatest career accomplishment?
My greatest career accomplishment with FWRI would be taking over the Property office and incorporating it into the Facilities Dept.
What are some of your biggest challenges?
Currently some of my biggest challenges involve planning for the upcoming inventory season. Covid-19 has made many things difficult to plan around successfully. Depending on how individuals feel about having visitors at their location verses if we will be able to travel at all this upcoming year.
What do you like most about your career?
I enjoy helping people the most. My department assist people with the acquisition of new equipment as well as the disposal of old equipment. If I can successfully help someone who has a need for more space or equipment to fill that space with, then it’s a good day.
Was this your original career interest?
My original career is as an artist. I love color and design.
What would you be doing if you weren’t involved in science?
If I were not involved with FWRI I would be producing artwork. I am always creating something in some form or another.
What advice would you give someone interested in pursuing a career in your field?
I would tell that person to learn Excel and have stellar people skills!
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
All my free time goes into making my quality of life as good as it can be. I have multiple home improvement projects going on around the house currently. I am learning to cook new things as well!