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A Day in the Life: Amarillo Fire Fighter

Ryan Cody
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Fighting fires in the City of Amarillo is a 24 hour a day job. And many people don't know that the job involves so much more than fighting fires.

It's 7:30 am at Central Station in Amarillo. The shift from the day before is getting ready to head home and pass their 24 hour responsibility off to the next group. "I don't even know what it's like working 8 to 5," says Rookie Kent Keeler.

The whole time they're prepared to put out fires all over the city, but that is rarely what happens.

In-fact 90 percent of the calls they respond to are medical emergencies. But to be ready for the job filled with various types of situations, exercising daily is important

"They want us to do it every day," says hoseman Andy Metthan.

And since sleep is hard to come by, they eat home cooked meals to retain energy. "We all chip in at the beginning of each shift and do our own shopping, says Driver Ryan James.

Metthan said, "We have to pay 5 dollars per meal out of our own pocket. So you know that's ten dollars a day."

And they all shop together because emergencies don't wait. "We are still in service. We still respond from whatever location we are at," says James.

As night falls on Amarillo, these fire fighters say the calls tend to pick up in not only number, but intensity.

Of the 11 emergencies we responded to, not a single one involved flames. But several involved situations where medical assistance was needed right away.

"They just tell us it's a car wreck, we don't know what is involved. It could be a school bus or a mini van with 7 people in it that hit a 4 door car with 5 people in it," James says.

A situation that can happen at any time. Whether it's during the day, in the middle of the night, or just after sunrise.

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