International Firefighters' Day

The role of a firefighter in today’s society–be it urban, rural, natural environment, volunteer, career, industrial, defense force, aviation, motorsport, or other is one of dedication, commitment, and sacrifice–no matter what country we reside and work in. In the fire service, we fight together against one common enemy–fire–no matter what country we come from, what uniform we wear or what language we speak.
LT JJ Edmondson, firefighter, and creator of Firefighters Day
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What inspired me to become a Firefighter

Throughout my entire life I have always been drawn to sports. I loved playing and being part of a team. I truly believe I thrive in a team environment. Being surrounded by people you know have your back and would go out of their way to help you means a lot to me as a person. This importance is what drove me to pursue an opportunity to play football at the collegiate level. When I finished my collegiate career, I felt lost. I had just spent the last 8 years of my life devoted to being a football player and now it was all over. I felt like I did not know who I was anymore. I needed a new identity. I needed something that I could feel proud to be a part of. I needed something that not only I would be proud of, but my family and friends would be proud to see me be a part of. That is when I was introduced to the Fire Rescue. When I talked to people in the field or others who were now retired, I fell in love with the stories of brotherhood, helping the community, and the overall joy that this special job gave to them. I knew this was the place I wanted to be I knew I wanted to be a fireman. When that fateful day came when I was hired on March 2018, and I got the first opportunity to wear the uniform I felt like a superhero and that I had found my new identity. This job has an amazing ability to bring you into people’s scariest and sometimes most intimate moments in their lives. There is not a better feeling then helping a stranger when they are at their most vulnerable state and watching as the fear slowly fades as you come through the door knowing you will take care of them. This career is amazing and while it comes with its own hardships, I could not imagine ever doing anything else.

Written by: Tyler Magill, Badge 1608

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