So, if you’ve been following me, you know I’ve been doing a project for 30 days – getting my camera out and shooting every single day. (see all images here) It’s been a great journey, and here is the grand finale! I was fortunate to get to check out Station 72! A friend got me in contact with Nate, a firefighter at Shawnee’s Fire Station 72. He worked out some details and invited me to come check out the station, meet the guys, and take as many photos as I wanted!
It was really cool to see where they live while on duty. The station is pretty new, built in 2010, and very nice. They have a nice open kitchen, a living-room area, bunk rooms, a workout room, lockers, and a huge garage with lots of trucks! They work 24 hour shifts, 3 days a week, so it’s long hours and they never know how many calls they’ll have during a shift. Everything is set up with a purpose of getting out of the station as fast as possible. The fire truck doors are open, coats hanging on the truck, boots tucked inside each pant leg on the ground outside each door. It’s all set up to save time which may end up saving a life – every second counts. It’s awesome to see the guys interact with each other, just like family, just like brothers playing jokes on each other. I did love the fact that once I was done shooting, one of they guys sprayed shaving cream on Nate! I have no doubt he’ll get him back.
Thank you to all Firefighters everywhere for your service. You risk your lives to save others every time you’re on duty. Thank you for protecting our city, our homes, and our families. You are the ones who make the choice to leave your families to rescue ones you do not know, and that takes good, caring, brave people. You save lives. I’m very grateful to have met you and for welcoming me into your station.
I have a several firefighter and police officer friends, and I respect all of what you do more than I can put into words. Thanks for keeping us safe!