Friday, December 11, 2015

The Coolest Job to My 4 Year Old Self

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My daddy was a volunteer firefighter when I was a little girl. Some of my best memories from my childhood involved the fire department. I thought the fire trucks were cool. I loved watching the live burns and seeing my "uncles" put the fires out. 

I was the little girl who played with firetrucks. I loved riding on firetrucks in the annual Christmas parade. 

Part of me wanted to be a firefighter when I was growing up. Of course, it wasn't as widely accepted for females to be in the fire service then as it is today. But, I truly believed then that I could be anything I wanted to be (then again that was a concept my Granddaddy instilled in me). 

When I was around 22 years old, I went to my local fire department and picked up an application to be a volunteer. Ironically, my dad had "retired" from the very same department months earlier as a volunteer. I was accepted in and went through my probationary period. I went through my basic EMT class, got licensed to drive the ambulance for the department. I was certified in trench rescue. I took Arson Detection for the First Responder. But, then I got pregnant with my now 13 year old. I had to go on medical leave, then I moved out of the run area. 

When I was around 24 years old, I joined the local fire department where I moved to. I was finally riding solely on the fire trucks. I loved it. I went through my firefighting course. Then I got pregnant with my now ten-year old twins. I had to leave. 

And I never went back. There was just not enough time in my life to volunteer. And there certainly wasn't any way that I could pass the physical test for a paid position. 

I still miss it to this day. There are times I will hear the sirens of the fire trucks and begin to wish I was on them again. The little four year old me still thinks that being a firefighter is the coolest job ever. 

But, the adult me thinks that chapter of my life has passed...

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{© Crystal @ The Italian Bella Diaries, 2004}

The above picture was my fire helmet that Chris gave to me for my birthday in 2004. I still have the helmet (I think it is still in storage) but I had to turn the leather front patch back in when I left the department. 

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