Special Report: Do My Job! - Firefighter

You want to know what a day in the job of a firefighter's like. We can show you!

MONROE -- Every community is a sum of parts where everyone has a job, a job that's important whether people see it or not.

Take firefighting, for instance.

You see it on the T.V. and in the community, but all from the outside.

To get the inside look, KTVE 10's Nick Lawton tried it for himself, straight at the source.

Training Offcier Chief Ed Chisley took KTVE through several intense exercises, including a driving test on a fire truck.

"We start them off the road and in an area where they can't damage anybody's vehicles, but you can do some damage to some cones," Chisley said. "Cones are buildings, cones are ditches, cones are cars, cones are bicycles, cones are pedestrians."

Firefighters also took KTVE up 107 feet in the air on an aerial ladder.

"We've all feared the same thing you were experiencing, but the training that we get, they teach us how to overcome that," said Lt. Curt Dunn.

Two training props, a car and a house, were also lit in a controlled blaze for the exercise.

"It's not a job for everybody. It's basically a calling," Dunn said. "I've got family that's done it for years, since 1984."

"My Dad's a fireman so it's kind of bred into me," said Private "Buck" Major.

Throughout the day, KTVE found out just how difficult the life of a firefighter is.

"One shift you could have zero calls. The next shift, you could have 15 to 20," Major said.

"I know people just see on the outside, or when we're at the station, but it's tough," said Captain Earl Jenkins.

It's a touch job, but somebody's got to do it.

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