What do you do?
Kevin Bird

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am the lieutenant at Colorado Spring Fire Department Station 5.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I supervise the fire crew and am responsible for facilitating the delivery of emergency services to the community.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       15 years total and 4 years on the Westside.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I would say that first of all I get to work with incredible people. And the opportunity to help people solve their problems. We like to say, “We want to be the best part of someone’s worst day.”
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       That there’d be a better awareness from drivers of us when we are responding. We do have the gps to give us the quickest route to where we’re going and the ability to control the traffic lights in the direction that we’re travelling.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       We're trained to put out fires, rescue, and provide medical care. And what I call the soft skills (compassion and customer service) are part of our culture and learned on the job.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       We feel like a small-town, neigborhood fire station, and are a big part of the community on the Westside.

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