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Life as a Fire Cheif Essay

  • Submitted by: callyhenry
  • on October 6, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 970 words

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On Sept. 22, 2012, I had the opportunity to interview Richard   at   Community Fire Department in   MI. Because of schedule conflicts, it took a while for us to finally sit down and talk. I asked him some questions that would give me an insight into what he deals with on a daily basis. Some questions were personal in nature, but were asked for a deeper understanding of what makes a good man as well as a good chief.
I arrived at the station and entered into the downstairs meeting room. After the initial chat, I read Rich my reason for choosing him for this project and explained the final outcome. I started out with general questions. Tell me why you decided to get into the fire service. “We did not have fire protection in my county while growing up. My house caught on fire when I was younger, and my dad told me to get out of the house.” “When I ran outside, I saw neighbors running towards my house with milk buckets and fire extinguishers.” There were no fire departments close to you? “No, Lake City fire came,…it wasn’t their area, but they came anyway,…but they came and put the house out.” “I really thought that the fire trucks were impressive and were such a sight.” “….emergency services fascinated me.” How did you get into fire service? “I was doing my residency at Hurley,(Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI), and I was bored one night. I went to the local ambulance garage and asked if I could ride along. They let me ride as a 3rd and I began riding with them on a regular basis.” “I was going to enlist in Vietnam as a nurse when Nixon deescalated the war. I moved to St. Louis and met the fire chief at the time.” “I joined the department and figured that I couldn’t give what the soldiers in Vietnam gave, but could give a good faith effort to do what soldiers did for me.” How long have you been in the fire service then? “30 years in January.”
I then went on to ask, what are some of the requirements that you have to have to be Fire Chief? “Our fire department does not...

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