It's snowing in Columbus. This 24 with Battalion Chief Devine starts off with a morning meeting, his upcoming retirement is on everyone's mind. As with many departments, the departure of seasoned firefighters retirement out of the department puts the department at risk. The Chief drops in at one of the stations in his 3rd Battalion. His retirement comes up as usual. A call comes in for a Structure Fire, the Chief, known to be a little heavy in the gas pedal, heads for the scene in his usual style of speeding. We arrive on scene to find a two-story brick single family dwelling with smoke pouring out of the doors and windows, the Chief is old-school, he does not put on his SCBA. He's leaving, he's doing it his way. Night, a call comes in, it's a vehicle accident near the campus. Back at the station, it's pizza night. One of the graduates that will soon be at this station as a Probie drops by, with both his sons that both became firefighters before him and he's 51 years old. Next, we are out the door responding to another structure fire near the campus.
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Each day firefighters, working from eight fire trucks, serve Olathe from seven, strategically located fire stations. Firefighters work 24-hour rotating shifts from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. - firefighters are on duty at all times, even holidays. All Olathe firefighters are emergency medical technicians or paramedics. Learn about an Olathe firefighting career. www.olethaks/fire.org
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