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What’s It Like To Be A Firefighter?

This July, Higgins Insurance wants to salute all firefighters who have trained extensively in their field. They play a vital role in fighting hazardous fires that threaten lives, property and the environment. They rescue people and animals from dangerous situations, and provide the day to day lifesaving on the front lines and for that, we thank you. They play a huge role in fire prevention and in keeping the public safe. 
Here at Higgins Insurance, we have started a new education series on some professionals who work in different fields to help students think about professions that they might be interested in. We will be highlighting them throughout this year and they will range from correctional officers, social workers, doctors, 911 operators, police, nurses, education support staff, arts, housekeepers, etc. If you would like to be featured, please let us know by email (bob@higginsinsurance.ca) 

Our goal is to inspire our youth so they can learn more about different professions, as well as to showcase the amazing people that perform those jobs in the Maritimes.

Here is our interview with Brad Lanigan of the IAFF Local 771 Saint John Firefighters Association. Thank You

Why did you become a Firefighter?
My Grandfather was a firefighter in Saint John so growing up I saw how much he loved his job and the passion he had for it.  I learned from him what it took and what it meant to be a firefighter. Because of him, I knew at a very young age that it was exactly what I wanted to do. 

What has been your most rewarding aspect of your profession?
For me, the most rewarding part of being a firefighter is having the opportunity to help others.  Knowing that almost every time the alert tone goes off and we go out the door, we are going to help someone. 

What do you say to people who want to become a Firefighter?
What I say to anybody who asks about becoming a firefighter is that it really is the best job in the world.  Most people do not get the opportunity to work in a team environment where you often have to depend on each other on a regular basis. The part that I always feel that I need to mention to people who are considering getting into the profession, is that there are aspects of the job can be very demanding; both physically and mentally.  If you want to be a firefighter, it takes hard work and the need to continuously train. 

Leave us with a fun fact about your occupation!
A fun fact about our job is the way our shift works.  We move into the station like it’s our home where we all have responsibilities, such as, daily cleaning and maintenance of the building, the truck, and our equipment.  We even cook and eat together.  All of these things also help to create great friendships.  

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