Station No. 63: inside the mind of a firefighter


Danielle DuBois, News Editor

Many people don’t know what really goes into being a firefighter. Fire chief Chris Coons has been working in Public safety for 27 years now. His hard work and determination as a firefighter landed him the job as fire chief. A firefighter’s job is to help people who are in trouble and need saving.

“There’s not a firefighter out there that didn’t sign up for this job, that doesn’t just want to help people.” said Coons.

Firefighters usually work up to 53 hours a week, and when they are not fighting fires, they are training, exercising, and preparing for incoming calls.

“We’re a family, these firefighters stay at the fire station all the time… the brotherhood created is incredible,” said Coons. “You spend a third of your life with them.”

While there are perks to being a firefighter, the downside is seeing people in pain and suffering.

“The heartbreak that you see in your career— you see people unfortunately die—you see them lose everything in a house fire,” said Coons.

Turns out the classic question of if firefighters get calls about cats getting stuck in trees is actually a myth in a tree story is a myth or not. They, however, have gotten calls about other animals, one example being an exotic bird.

“A couple years ago, somebody had some type of very expensive exotic bird that got out of the house and flew onto the roof,” said Coons.