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David Haboush

David Haboush

City of Carmel

Carmel, IN USA

"I wanted to find purpose in my life and do something to make the world a better place."

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David's work combines: Government, Medicine, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

Fire Chief

I make other people in the organization successful.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Firefighters:

Bachelor's Degree: Political Science and Government, General

Certification: Executive Fire Officer program

Vocational: Fire Service Executive Development Program

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Was popular and active in High School. I got along with everyone and graduated. Started IUPUI and was going through the motions of college. Finally found something I was interested in and got focused.

  • 2.

    Worked many part-time jobs while attending college and living at home with my parents. Worked retail, in a factory. The factory was heated in the summertime and air conditioned in the winter time.

  • 3.

    Graduated college while still working in the factory. Worked third shift (midnights), got finished at work, went home and came back to work with my resume.

  • 4.

    Hired by the same company to work as a sales representative for the company. I looked around... no one was happy. There was no team within the organization. I knew this was not the place for for me!

  • 5.

    I wanted to have a higher purpose in my life. I wanted to do something meaningful and have an impact on people and make the world better off for me being a part of it. I applied for firefighting jobs.

  • 6.

    I was hired by the Carmel Fire Dept. in January 1992. I was one of the first members who had a college education. A college graduate was something very rare in the fire service. Little did I know....

  • 7.

    My college created many opportunities for my career advancement within the organization. Knowledge, skills, and circumstances I experienced in college allowed for my success in the Fire service.

  • 8.

    I have been blessed throughout my career. I have moved upward and also back due to appointed positions within the org. I have learned much more when things were not easy. The fire service is GREAT!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    Firefighting is dangerous. You don’t have to do this job. This is a blue collar job. Why are you here? You have a college degree.

  • How I responded:

    I do not have to do this job. I choose to do it. I am very blessed to have the opportunity to perform this job. I have been a factory worker, customer and corporate sales representative. I was not fulfilled in any of these positions. I asked myself if this was where I wanted to be when I was 40? The answer was clearly NO! I wanted to find purpose in my life and do something to make the world a better place. I was hired as a firefighter and have NEVER been so happy professionally helping people.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was lost in college. I was simply going through the motions because friends were college students and seemed to be the next step. Then I finally meet a professor who took an interest in me... this is when I began to excel. Someone believed in me!