I don’t have holidays off, I work sick, tired, battered and beaten. I do the unthinkable…I’m a firefigher and I am UNION!
Even though our days aren’t full of saving babies, we have to ensure fleet readiness, perform business inspections for fire code violations, keep physically fit and train on various topics to stay abreast of the latest danger to us.
My department is a small department of 31 (when fully staffed) in a small city of about 24,000. We have 8 firefighters on duty everyday, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We are family! We know each other’s families and watch our kids grow up. That’s one of the greatest things about our small department. Most everyone that comes to work here retires here. We’ve had a few firefighters leave only to come back realizing they made a mistake leaving.