Pete Hnat is a native of New Jersey. In his teens, he became interested in forestry so just before his 18th birthday, he came to California to the magnificent northern Sierra Mountains. His academic advisor helped to arrange his room and board with the California Department of Forestry (a.k.a. CALFIRE). It wasn’t long before he identified as a firefighter. He completed his forestry degree, then bachelors and masters in Public Administration while working for the City of Roseville Fire Department. He managed the Emergency Medical Services Program and served as the Emergency Manager for the city.
Pete retired in 2014, although continued to consult for the Placer County Office of Emergency Services. His volunteer service includes Placer County Search and Rescue and the Civil Air Patrol.
Susan Webb is a native Californian. In her teens, she became interested in nursing. After many serendipitous blessings, she received her bachelors degree in nursing and began practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She moved to the Central Valley of California and found her niche: Emergency Nursing. Susan has poured her heart into her career while raising her three children. She also volunteers for the American Red Cross and Placer County Amateur Radio Emergency Services.
Pete and Susan met when Susan took a job in Roseville. Collaborating on quality improvements and emergency readiness, they helped hundreds of individuals and scores of organizations to prepare for disasters. Their collegial relationship became personal and they married in 2012.
Susan retired in 2017 and now both are excited to execute their Great Loop Adventure.