Seeing what firefighters do on a daily basis is the purpose of this visit to the Phoenix Fire Department Academy.
JR, along with Sonya Contreras, Phoenix Fire Department Academy Media Coordinator gives viewers a glimpse of what it takes to be a firefighter.
Shelly Jamison, Battalion Chief and 15 year Phoenix Fire Department veteran runs the Public Affairs Division. She explains that the Technical Rescue Team (TRT), handles very difficult rescues; high angle rescues, swift water rescues, tight space rescues, etc. TRT handles the events that the regular trucks don’t do. She explains to J.R. that there is more to firefighting than “turning off” fires. Chief Jamison says the majority of calls are EMS, Emergency Medical Services.
All fire fighters are trained as an EMT, (Emergency Medical Technician), and many are paramedics. She notes that the trucks carry state of the art life support equipment.
JR gains insight and appreciation for firefighters by putting on the 75 pounds of gear and completing a course at the academy.
Joaquin Torres, a multidiscipline firefighter, tells J.R. it is important to stay motivated and committed to accomplish one’s dream.