Firefighter Wives Feature

I'm happy to announce that today marks day one of the firefighter wives feature that I will be running on my blog. I have a lot of great ladies who are going to be a part of this feature and I can't wait for you to read what they have to say. Today, I will answer the questions that I have given the other women, and in the following weeks you will meet the others.

I get a lot of questions about what our life is like...what hours does Cody work, how do we do holidays, what's it like being a single mom every third day, is it scary, etc. The firefighter lifestyle is one that is difficult to understand until you're a part of it, but I think this feature can help answer a lot of those questions. 

I'm extremely proud to be a firefighter wife and so happy that we will be raising our children as part of this lifestyle. I love so many things about it. 

What fire department does your husband work for? 
Euless Fire Department

How long has your husband been a firefighter?
Cody has been a firefighter/paramedic for 5 and a half years.

What is their ranking within the department?
Cody is a driver/engineer. Basically, he drives the fire truck (no, they don't all drive it) and on fires he is in charge of pumping the water to the firefighters and their hoses. This is a semi-recent promotion that he got before G was born. Before his promotion, he was a firefighter who rode in the truck half of the time, and the other half he was a paramedic on the city ambulance.

 Cody during a training exercise.

So far, what has been your proudest moment in their career?
Definitely Cody's promotion to driver/engineer. Cody has promoted from the most basic position at the fire department to an officer position in five years. I am so incredibly proud of how hard he has worked. 

In your opinion, what is the best part about being a part of the firefighter lifestyle?
I love that my husband spends his days serving others and enjoys it, and that the people he works with have the same passion. I also love the camaraderie of it. I love knowing that when I meet any firefighter wife, from my husband's department or not, that we will have an automatic bond and respect for each other. 

In your opinion, what is the worst part about being a part of the firefighter lifestyle?
There's a few negatives that really stick out to me. Cody misses a lot of holidays and will continue to, but that's just one of those things you get used to. The danger aspect is another major negative to me. I can be a major worrier and the danger aspect doesn't help at all.

What has been the scariest moment in their career?
Oh man, there are lots. There was one specific time when we were dating that Cody didn't call me at night. I tried to convince myself that he forgot to call me, but he never forgets. I had convinced myself that he had been injured and because I was only his girlfriend at the time, I wouldn't have been someone listed for the department to call. Turns out they had a massive fire that they worked all night. Glad I didn't turn on the TV and see it. Cody does tell me a lot about his calls but tries to leave out some details because I tend to get worried. 

What do you think is the most misunderstood part of firefighting?
So many people think that when they aren't on calls that they are just hanging out. Far from. Most of the time the guys are in training, cleaning the station, cleaning the trucks, doing community service, or working on reports. Firefighters don't go from call to call and then just hang out, well at least not at Cody's department. They keep those men busy. 

If you're interested in being a part of the feature, or know someone who might be, please email me at texaslovebirds {at} gmail {dot} com with "Firefighter Wives Feature" in the subject line. I'd absolutely love to have you!