The Life of a Fireman

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Mills fire fighters take a moment to unwind as the end of their 48 hour shift approaches.

The next four days off they can spend with their families before they are back at the station ready to save those in danger.

For Brooks Mccrae, he is ecstatic to come home and see his wife and child also knowing that he has fulfilled his duty.

"It's a good feeling. When you leave here and you're on your way home, that means that was a great shift. We performed well, did well, we helped somebody. We made a difference at some point or another so if you're on your way home that means that shift was an accomplishment", said Mccrae.

An accomplishment that requires team work during rescue and at the station making sure their bodies are in peak condition.

"We go to the grocery store, and everybody throws in twenty bucks at the beginning of the shift. It's our money we pay for it. Tax payers don't have to worry about that, and it's one of the most common myths in the fire service” Captain Justin Melin said. “Everybody throws in money and we take care of it ourselves."

The tax money goes to their vehicles for fuel and maintenance so they can perform their duties.

"You come to work; you're with your brothers for 48 hours straight. You guys are training, you're doing things together" Melin added.”

Doing things together can be the difference of coming home knowing the job is done, or not coming home at all.