Where Are They Now

Corey Cluff

Corry CluffI am a 15-year member of the fire service currently working as a Battalion Chief with Pleasant Grove Fire Department. I graduated from UVU’s Paramedic program with class 5, was hired with Sandy City Fire Department shortly before graduation, and then worked with Sandy for 5 years before accepting a position with Pleasant Grove, my current assignment with Pleasant Grove is training, fire investigations, and prevention. After being hired with Pleasant Grove, I then continued on to earn my Bachelor’s in Emergency Management through UVU and am currently preparing for an MPA. My career in the fire service has almost exclusively centered within the special operations divisions within the fire service such as technical rescue, HAZMAT, and tactical medicine. I served on the planning committee for Salt Lake County’s Metro Heavy Rescue program where I was a rescue technician and most recently as a team leader / rescue specialist for the Utah County Special Response Team both of which are USAR teams. I am currently the medical team leader with Utah County Metro SWAT, a certified Special Functions Officer with Pleasant Grove Police and a member of the Special Operations Medical Association in addition to teaching Tactical Combat Casualty Care for UVU. I have volunteered with the Utah County Search and Rescue team for 16 years and consider wilderness rescue and medical one of my true loves. My other loves in life include 5 boys and a wonderful patient wife, snowboarding, mountaineering, scuba diving, shooting, running, backpacking and camping with my family.

Ben Kluger

Ben KlugerMy name is Ben Kluger and I have been with the Paramedic program at UVU since 1999. I have  really enjoyed the opportunity to learn with the students and feel strongly that I become a better EMS responder with each class I participate with.  I began my EMS career in Southern California, and later graduated from Paramedic School in 1991. I worked in Riverside, CA as a paramedic for several years before coming to Utah in 1996. I have worked for several Fire Departments here in Utah. I have been with my current Department, South Jordan Fire, for 15 years and feel fortunate to work at such a great place with great people. I currently am assigned to the Training Bureau, and enjoy the challenges that come with helping our Department members prepare for their daily activities. I believe you have to keep learning or you just can't meet your potential. I try to take each chance I get to continue my education, and attend classes and conferences in areas I am interested in. I am married with two children, both teenagers. My wife loves her California roots and we take every opportunity to go back and visit, especially during the winter time. My kids love their sports so we attend several lacrosse games for my daughter, and even more soccer games for my son. My hobbies basically include keeping up with my family and career responsibilities. As long as I get to keep learning and be around great people I find my life very fulfilled.