Garrett Paquette has recently joined the North American Towing Academy as a heavy and ultra-heavy instructor.
Paquette, a second generation operator, has been in a tow truck most of his life. He began towing for Car Store Towing, the family business, in 1979 and runs the company today near Orlando, FL. He has operated heavy equipment for over 25 years and maintains a fleet that includes heavy trucks, ultra-heavy trucks, rotators, Landolls, and a variety of light- and medium-duty equipment.
With his heavy and ultra-heavy experience and towing/recovery equipment, Paquette's company is one of the Orlando-area companies that participates in the Rapid Incident Scene Clearance or RISC on Florida's Turnpike. He is PWOF-certified in all four classes of trucks and hold certifications in air cushions, wreck, rescue, scuba diving, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPR) and MOT/Flagger.
"With Garrett on board, NATA will begin offering each class of certification from light to ultra-heavy nationwide," said NATA president David Lambert. "We began working on the heavy program in February and hope to begin scheduling classes for early summer." The Ultra Class should be ready for the fall.
Paquette is described as a devoted family man and community leader. His son, Tony, is a third-generation tower who already works the heavies. Paquette's wife, Sharon, manages both the business office and their home. Daughter Cecilla is a student. Paquette belongs to the Clermont Masonic Lodge, the Brachia Shrine and the Scottish Rite. He is president of his local Kiwanis Club and is a member of the South Lake County Chamber of Commerce. He was also a volunteer firefighter.
Learn more about the NATA by calling Lambert at 407-765-5149 or visit www.TheNATA.com.