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.

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"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