What It’s Really Like to Be a Firefighter in Fort McMurray

Pitched and written for FLARE‘s 9-5 series.

What is a typical workday like for you? Basically we show up everyday and relieve the guys who have been working all night. We have lots of chores around the hall that we have to do, like checking the trucks and keeping things clean, and we usually all eat together. But if the tones go off, we drop everything.

How do you get yourself in the zone before heading out to fight a fire? I know I’m not going to be able to make a difference if I’m panicking. So, I just stay calm and know that I know what I’m doing and that I trust all the guys around me so we’re going to get the job done.

What types of fires do you typically fight? Mainly we are structure firefighters, like houses and buildings, but we all also have our wildlife certification, so if there’s some kind of bush fire inside the city limits, we will handle that.

Having done so many calls over the years, is there one that you’ll always remember? This experience right now. There are people who have probably done their whole career and never had an emergency on this scale.

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