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"Why We Serve" featured article

A Tribute to Omaha Firefighters: Q&A

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 Steve Swan - Captain

Why did you choose to become a firefighter?

Like a lot of kids, I was always interested in the fire service. I knew becoming a firefighter was what I wanted to do by my senior year in high school. The challenge and excitement of the job appealed to me. I have been a career firefighter for over 15 years, the last 12 have been with the Omaha Fire Department. I've been happy with my decision ever since.

What are aspects of the job that bring you satisfaction?

The comfort and reassurance we provide people. More than likely we are being called because someone is having a bad day. There is a great sense of job satisfaction to see someone relieved because we arrived.

What are some of the challenges of being a firefighter?

Being proficient and ready to handle the multitude of calls that we respond to. Our job involves so much more than putting out fires. On any given day, we can be called upon to rescue someone trapped in a vehicle, contain a hazardous material leak, treat a heart attack victim, or even rescue a cat from a tree. Unfortunately, not every emergency call has a happy ending, and the devastation and human suffering can be tough. Sleepless nights and the physical demands of the job take a toll on your body as well.

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Feb 17, 2010 12:54 pm
 Posted by  OmahaFireWife

Thank you for publishing this article. It actually brought tears to my eyes to read the Q&A. Especially knowing 3 out of the 5 interviewed. My husband is a firefighter/paramedic and with all the negative publicity lately, this is exactly what the public needs to read. These men and women love what they do, not for the glory of the job... but the passion they have for every detail. It breaks my heart to read what people write on the news website every time there is an article mentioning Omaha Fire. These men and women aren't just firefighters from 8-5... these individuals LIVE and BREATHE firefighting. Again, thank you. It was a great article.

Feb 19, 2010 12:17 pm
 Posted by  OmahaFireSupporter

I LOVED this article! It's about time Omaha Fire gets some positive press. I'm so sick and tired of hearing all of the negative things about this department. True or not, the men and women who are out serving our community every day and night are not the ones who are making administrative or budget decisions. We need to be thankful for our local firefighters and show them the support they deserve! They sacrifice a lot for the city of Omaha and it's about time we show them our gratitude! Thank you to our firefighters! We appreciate all you do!

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