Show 116 – Alabama Fire College
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The image of a firefighter is one of an everyday hero. Someone that walks among us during the day doing the things we all do in our everyday life, but when called into action, they do something few of us would even consider doing.
This image has been a subject of movies and television shows for years and the subject of countless more books. The images of firefighters as heroes became ingrained in our consciousness after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 but the fact of the matter is, is that to them, it’s just their job. A job most of them wouldn’t trade for anything.
In Alabama there is a unique school whose only mission is to train firefighters. From volunteer fire departments around the state to Federal agencies looking for additional training, the Alabama Fire College is a one-stop shop. I spent a day with some of the firefighters at the Fire College to get feel for what they have to go through on any given day doing their job.