The day starts with checking all equipment, making sure its ready for an emergency call. Making sure self- uniform, personal hygiene are taken care of, maintain cleanliness of station, report writing, training and physical fitness.
We normally have a crew of four with one additional supervisor (Battalion Chief) at the station and work closely with one another for 48 hrs at a time.
I cant say enough on the brotherhood we share, everyone is willing to help each other both on and off the job. Management goes out of their way to make sure you have everything you need in a timely manner.
The hardest part of the job would be the tragic accidents that claim a life of an adult or child. You have to keep a separation not to make it personal, that's hard for some people. I have been fortunate to have this skill in keeping work separated and not personal.
I enjoy being able to come into work not knowing what the day holds, at any moment the tones can go out and be called to any type of emergency. It keeps the job interesting and exciting. We also have the daily routine which allow me to have best of both worlds.