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FR1_Profiles_3540x750.png spotlights exceptional individuals within the American fire service, from the newest recruits eager to serve to the fire chiefs who have been committed to the job for decades. We also profile unique fire departments that serve special response areas or that were created to serve a highly specialized need. We encourage you to share with us stories of individuals and fire departments that you believe deserve a closer look. Send an email with your idea to

Yuba City Firefighter Chase Kennedy grew up visiting his father’s firehouse
Just north of San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, the new Fireboat Station No. 35 will serve the city with its three fireboats and rescue watercraft
The Georgia captain was selected to represent the fire service as a tribute to the dedication and commitment of firefighters during a tumultuous 2020
Kate Bergen taught herself to paint nearly 20 years ago, but it was the pandemic that turned her into an artist
Daniel O’Beirne and Jordan Reed, two strangers with fire and EMS backgrounds, worked together to save a driver whose semi-truck struck a pole and burst into flames
Every helicopter takeoff and landing, every suspicious package, every hint of civil unrest – Station 13 is ready to respond
Dr. James Betts had been working 80-hour work weeks at the hospital; 10 years ago, he committed to getting back to his fire service roots
Weishel has created numerous sculptures to honor fire, police and military services
The women offer insights for tackling challenges to inclusiveness in the fire service – and pushing back against the “haters”
Just six months after losing his leg, and despite what surgeons had told him, Firefighter Gary Weiland was ready to get back on the job
Former IAFC president Bill Killen reflects on his time as one of the original members of an exclusive firefighting team tasked with high-risk missions
The Jack Daniel’s Distillery fire brigade was created after a blaze tore through the distillery in 1930
Branch Chief Brandon Torres shares what it’s like to work for the Grand Canyon National Park’s Emergency Services program
As the sole provider of emergency services for Walt Disney World properties in Orlando, Fla., Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters have one of the most unique missions in the country
In March 2016, Berthoud Fire Protection District Fire Investigator Josh Macdonald was injured after falling through the floor at a fatal house fire
Lt. John Piper, who is on his third austral summer season working at McMurdo Station, explains a typical day working as a firefighter in Antarctica