Be Brave. Be Kind. Fight Fires
  • Seventy percent of the Firefighters in the United States are Volunteers.

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  • Volunteers respond to everything:

    "All torment, trouble, wonder and amazement inhabits here: Some heavenly power guide us out of this fearful country."

    The Tempest

  • High speed head-on.

    Life turns on the dime. . .

  • 4:00a.m. in the ED

  • Train, train, train . . .

    You are what you practice . . .

  • On Scene . . .

  • Boom!

  • . . .if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come---the readiness is all . . . Hamlet

  • Or, in firefighter language, stuff is going to happen. You can't predict how, when or what. But you better be ready!

  • The readiness is all . . .

  • The readiness is all . . .

  • Why we are volunteers, first Responders, firefighters:

  • I'd rather wear this shirt than a jacket and tie any day . . .

70% of the firefighters in the country are volunteers. They are just like you, except sometimes in the middle of the night, when you’re sleeping, they are responding to a house fire, a cardiac arrest or a horrific car crash.
They might not talk about it a lot at work the next day, but being a volunteer firefighter changes you.
The mission of Responding! is to share their stories and insights.
These are firefighters explaining — in their own words —  why they do what they do and how it changes how they see the world.
Enjoy the stories. See the world through our eyes. See if you are changed.


"If the success or failure of this planet and human beings depended on how I am and what
I do, how would I be? What would I do?”
-R. Buckminster Fuller