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Cease Fire

The guys tied me to the bed while I was sleeping. They got a run right after, so while they were out I was able to free myself.

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Name: Vincent Lanier

Occupation: Firefighter, Ladder 12 – “The Dirty Dozen”

Hometown: Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

CBK: Why did you decide to become a fireman?

VL: I was 23 when I got on the job, 22 when I took the test. It seemed like a respectable profession. I was hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure if it was me or not. I figured I would go to the academy and give it a try. I wound up loving it.

CBK: Is being a firefighter a draw for the ladies?

VL: If I am speaking with girls, I don’t bring it up. There are guys who use it. That’s their game. Not mine.

 

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CBK: How do people react when you tell them you are a fireman?

VL: People are caught off guard. I guess, I don’t look the type.

CBK: What do you do for the environment?

VL: I recycle. At the firehouse I take the cans out of the bin when the guys throw them in the regular garbage.

CBK: What’s your normal day like?

VL: Day to day is usually a bunch of nonsense. Lots of calls for smoke, people leaving a pot of food on the stove, car accidents, stuck elevators, water leaks, carbon monoxide problems; that type of stuff. Real fires are bad. There is nothing good about a fire. People lose their valuables. People get hurt and worse.

 

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CBK: Worst thing they did to you as a rookie in the station?

VL: The guys tied me to the bed while I was sleeping. They got a run right after, so while they were out I was able to free myself. When I got up I saw a bucket of water and a bucket of flour on the floor by the bed. They were going to flour me.

CBK: Who’s the best cook in the firehouse?

VL: We all take turns running the meal. We have a few guys who really cook well, but sometimes you get a guy who can only do peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I usually make steak or chicken cutlets with rice and beans. We eat well.

CBK: What do you do in between calls at the firehouse?

VL: Mostly, we are always training. There’s the daily stuff like running around food shopping and cleaning. At night it calms down. Sunday is the only free day. We do building inspections three times a week. On Saturdays we participate in multi-unit drills where a few companies come together to practice stuff.

 

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CBK: How do you feel about women fire fighters?

VL: I had one in my probe class. She was awesome.

CBK: Are you a career firefighter, or will you be doing something else in the future?

VL: That’s the plan, to stay. But hey, you never know what happens in life.

CBK: What do you do outside the firehouse?

VL: Biking, hitting the gym, and basketball.

CBK: Favorite place in Brooklyn?

VL: By the water near the Verrazano Bridge.

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