Why am I a firefighter?

Why am I a firefighter? A question that isn’t really easy to answer, probably for everyone. For me it wasn’t something I always wanted to do, the urge to do it came later, after high school. Why am I a firefighter? I guess the reason deep down is that I like helping people. I started as a volunteer when I was much younger that I am now, I loved the adrenaline rush of a fire, or a rescue. That is what kept me coming back. I guess I chose it as a career because I liked the aspect of the job that each day is different, you never know what the day is going to bring.

Why am I a firefighter? At the age I am at know it is many reason, each personal and different than when I started. I love being a firefighter. Like a lot of people I love cool looking firefighter shirts and collecting firefighter things. I have several firefighter antiques and have recently started collecting firefighter coins and fire rescue coins. Why are you a firefighter? We’ll I’m sure that is an answer that is as individual as each person pulling up their bunkers. Being a firefighter isn’t about how cool of a firefighter shirt you have or how many firefighter coins are on your shelf, it is much more. It gets inside you, it becomes who you are.

I have more years behind me than in front in terms of my career, I look forward to retirement but I’ll never not be a firefighter. Yea, I’ll always have the firefighter shirts and firefighter coins but it is what people can’t see in each of us that makes us a firefighter. The unseen scares of the things we have seen and shared with one another. Both good and bad.

Why am I a firefighter? At this point in my life I guess the easiest answer is, I love it. I’m sure that each of you reading this have a different answer depending on what stage of your life and career you are in, paid or volunteer. But deep down I believe we share the same single answer, we love it.

Be safe, everyone goes home.

Until next time,

Captain K

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