MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) – In our final first responder segment, we head to the Meridian Fire Department where we meet Brandon Barr. He is a senior firefighter with the Meridian Fire Department and has been there for nine years.
“I have always enjoyed helping people. The job I had before was a personal trainer. I did stuff with people after surgeries because I like people to get better, ”Barr said.
Barr continued in his coaching role, except now it’s with the fire department.
“Since becoming certified, I have helped with training. Now I’m kind of the senior in charge of coaching all the base service guys before they get to the academy, ”Barr explained.
Not only has Barr been with the Meridian Fire Department, he also volunteers with the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department. Barr loves putting on the gear and going out to fight a fire. He said hard times come when kids are involved.
“The first call I ever made with a child, I came back to the station and called my wife to check on her, as well as our child and the kids in the neighborhood,” Barr said. “It was a long way from our neighborhood, but you mind showing where that’s the kind of thing you think of.”
Firefighters are like family. They are together through the dangers of a fire and through the emotions that come with a difficult day.
“We sit at these tables and talk. At the end of the day, you just have to joke and laugh if someone has something on their chest, they can pull it off their chest, ”Barr said. “There is no shame or doubt what someone will think if you have to do with something.”
His family is united. His son could even follow in his footsteps and become a firefighter.
“My wife probably likes me to be away for a bit. My son thinks it’s cool. He thinks it’s a great job. He plans to do this job when he is old enough. When he was younger he used to play in the truck and now he always brings his friends, ”Barr said.
Barr said he would continue to work as a firefighter. He said he could always try to climb the ranks.
“It’s the best job in the world. We do this because it is a service to our community. Whether it’s volunteer or paid like we’re here, it’s the best job, ”Barr said.
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