Firefighter Wives: Megan from Mackey Madness

Your name and age?
Megan, 26

Your occupation? 
Registered Nurse

Personal blog/website?
How long has your husband been a firefighter?
6 years officially, but he has been volunteering for 9 years, ever since he was in high school.

What is their ranking within the department?

So far, what has been your proudest moment in their career?
This past year, my husband and a few other guys from his station were given an award for their service and dedication to several mentally handicapped adults that lived by their fire station. They were recognized for inviting these adults into their station and making them feel like they were "a part of the fireman family." It was truly heartwarming to see the friendship between my husband and these adults. My husband also is on the K9 Search and Rescue team and he volunteered to go to Alabama after the tornadoes hit. He spent a week combing through debris with his dog to make sure that no one was left behind. 

In your opinion, what is the best part about being a part of the firefighter lifestyle?
I love my husband's schedule (for the most part) and the fact that he gets several days off in a row at times. I also love the friendship that my husband has with his fellow fireman and how the community is like one big family. I know that we can count on these people if we ever need anything.
In your opinion, what is the most difficult about being a part of the firefighter lifestyle?
Definitely the worrying - it is scary knowing that your husband goes racing into burning buildings. They also respond to medical calls that can include gunshots and violence and are at risk during those as well. It's all about putting your trust in the Lord because you can't spend each second worrying.

What has been the scariest moment in their career?
My husband and his crew were fighting a house fire and the captain told them to pull back out of the house. Not less than two minutes later, the roof collapsed. They could have been badly injured. It takes a lot of training and skill to fight a fire as safely as possible.
What do you think is the most misunderstood part of firefighting?
That they are overpaid! The firemen here make a very "normal" salary, comparable to a teacher. I also think that people don't understand how much knowledge it takes to fight fire. Everything is very specific and detailed and they have to spend a ton of time training.

Thanks for sharing, Megan! Loved having you. Be sure to check out Megan's blog, and follow her newest adventure...she and her husband have a baby on the way!
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