When my Dad first moved to Wisconsin, he told me he was training to be a firefighter! I was really impressed! My Dad’s instructor even said my Dad is the oldest student he has taught (Sorry Dad! I won’t tell everyone how young you are).
I’ve really enjoyed hearing my Dad’s rescue stories. After completing his firefighter training, he then started his EMR training!
One of the neat things I’ve learned is that many first responders get their call and have to race to the fire station or to the emergency. In the past, I would think people driving recklessly and honking were just rude. But just the other day, I was going through an intersection when a truck came from the right starting to run his red light and honking. I had just been passed by an emergency vehicle with a siren going the other way. I realized the guy in the truck was probably a first responder.
Another neat thing my Dad does is groom the snowmobile trails in his area. The fire station has a huge tractor for grooming the trails. I do get a little worried that my Dad will be out there and get stuck or something (the snow in Wisconsin is INSANE after all!). But he checks in so he is safe. Check out the size of the tractor for grooming the snowmobile trails: