I'm an adventurous gal who has always wanted to work in a rescue profession. Out of high school I wanted to join the Coast Guard and be a rescue swimmer, or a firefighter, or join a search and rescue team. Instead, I got talked into going to college (you're welcome, Mom & Dad. ha). I graduated in 2004, got married, had 2 wonderful boys, and am now embarking on a career in firefighting.
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I do a lot of things in the outdoors, so the idea of working inside at a 9-5 job scares the *you know what* outta me. Running into a burning building...not so much. ha
All the jobs I've had have been physically demanding jobs, where I get to do what I love (whitewater raft guide, rock climbing instructor, tree climbing instructor, cave guide, teambuilding facilitator, etc) So when choosing a career, why would I choose anything other than a job in which I can do what I love, help others AND get paid for it? Granted, the pay isn't much, but I'd rather have a little, and do what I love, than have a lot and despise going to work everyday.
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