Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
Serving in the fire service since 1999, Firefighter Jonathan Poganski started his career as a Fire Explorer with the Newcastle Fire Protection District and worked through the ranks as a volunteer and part-time firefighter from 1999 to 2009. He also spent two years, from 2003 to 2005, with Cal Fire as a resident firefighter. He joined the Placer County Interagency Hazmat Team as a volunteer in 2003 and still remains active within the agency. In 2005, Jonathan joined the UC Davis Fire Department as a full-time firefighter, and still finds time to be a volunteer firefighter with the Placer Hills Fire Protection District.
The fire service allows Jonathan to follow other passions and pursue other interests, such as hazardous materials response and management. In 2010, he became a member of the California FIRESCOPE Hazardous Materials Working Group. In addition, he works part-time as a firefighter during events for NASCAR, NHRA and the INDY racing league events for Speedway Motorsports International at Sonoma Raceway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.