Nile Porter – President & Political Director
Nile Porter is the President and Political Director of the Firefighters and EMS Fund.
He has an extensive background in state and local politics. As a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, WI, Nile has a deep-rooted respect and passion for issues affecting firefighters, first responders, and public servants. He is known for his critical thinking, cool temperament, and affable nature.
Nile is currently on the hiring list for the Milwaukee Fire Dept and is pursuing his degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Why start the Firefighters and EMS Fund?
“I became a part of the fire and ems fund not only because the issues we fight for will one day affect me, but also because I cannot sit idly by with the power to make a difference and do nothing.”
What made you want to become a firefighter?
What attracted me to the firefighting profession was seeing it as a vehicle to carry out what I believe is my purpose in life, helping others. I have a great capacity for empathy and for a long time was unsure how this gift could be tied to my vocation. Initially, I wanted to help others by philanthropy- one of the many privileges afforded to me as a result of having a successful banking career (at least that was the plan). While the path I had chosen was headed in the right direction, my vehicle lacked the meaning and impact I was looking for.
Years came and went, but by the time July 2017 rolled around, I was prepared to act: the Milwaukee Fire Department was holding examinations from which they would create a eligibility list for the Fire Academy. For the first time in my life, I gave the profession serious thought. Days later I attended a public information session out of curiosity, and no more than an hour after it began, I felt my emotional and intellectual aspirations begin to align. I left that meeting knowing I wanted to become a firefighter not only because it is a vocation, but above all it is a craft which can be improved upon throughout my career.