Featured as one of Paul Davis’ “20 Women of 2020”, Meghan Larson, Lead Water/Fire/Trauma Technician, Paul Davis Restoration of Northeast Indiana 3010 Butler Ridge Pkwy Fort Wayne, Indiana

When did you start working for Paul Davis and what did you do before you came aboard?

I started in early January of 2018. When I started at Paul Davis, I also had a part time job as a janitor at a local children’s science center, Science Central, before that I held a variety of jobs.

How did you get the job—and/or what interested you in going for it?

I showed up to the interview with what turned out to be the wrong idea about the position I applied for, but I was intrigued by restoration after having the business explained to me by my interviewer. Having never acknowledged it before, the whole field seemed a little more dramatic and enticing than the other cleaning jobs I’ve held. I started as the assistant to the head of the company’s laundry department, Patty.

Can you describe your current duties at Paul Davis?

My duties vary almost day-to-day depending on the type of job I am assigned. Most recently, I have been made a lead water technician meaning I am the primary person communicating with the customer throughout the drying process and I am in charge of directing all crew members when at the jobsite. Documentation is very important and continues with each visit, we do it through photos and the completion of a program called MICA, which includes a daily detailed summary of all work performed. A typical water tech day includes driving to multiple jobs, checking moisture levels, demolition, cleaning, mold remediation, setting/pulling equipment, notes/MICA, etc.

A typical fire tech day would consist of continuing or receiving either a cleaning assignment or a pack-out assignment. Sometimes you are cleaning light soot in a comfortable atmosphere and sometimes you are mitigating a total loss situation just enough to allow for further demolition or sealing. Every job is different, that is the beauty of this business. The settings can sometimes be emotional and visually intense; a home completely reduced to jagged soot-black remnants of framing and you are sent to search through the rubble for anything that can be salvaged. Pack-out losses involve the retrieval, boxing/wrapping, transportation, and complete inventory of each item taken from the property to be cleaned at our facility.

When responding to a trauma loss the first step after communicating with the customer is to put on the appropriate personal protective equipment. Then the process usually includes an initial disinfecting of the area, the cleaning of any surfaces exposed to contaminants, finding the extent of damage and removing any materials or contents necessary, a final disinfection of the area, followed by fogging and sealing.

Do you have a family?

My present household consists of my daughter, Violet, and myself.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years, I see myself hopefully still being alive, enjoying watching my daughter grow up and continuing to pursue the things I find inspiring. Presently, I am interested in furthering my experience/knowledge of trauma/crime scenes and potentially pursuing the Forensic Operator’s license offered by GBAC.