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What is a First Responder? Firefighter Testimonial

Sirens ring in the distance, someone is in distress. Looking around, we locate flashing lights as they speed past us. One fire truck followed by another, we move out of the way, allowing for the first responders to make their way as quickly as possible.

This is everyday for firemen who deal with endless emergency situations. We had the pleasure of catching up with a fireman serving Chicagoland, Dan Clohessy, and ask him a few questions on his career as a first responder.

Dan grew up in the Southside of Chicago, where working as a police officer, firemen or emergency medical technician is a common and respectable career path. Many of the men in Dan’s family were firemen and he truly looked up to the firemen profession during his youth. 

Some of Dan’s earliest memories were tagging along with his father on trips to the firehouse. Dan aspired to become a fireman at a young age. He saw the importance of his father's job, the camaraderie shared between the other firemen and the pride they held to show up at places that others were scared of.

Below we asked Dan some questions on what he now thinks of working as a first responder, a firefighter and paramedic in the Chicagoland area.

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What does a First Responder mean to you?

A: Showing up to the scene of an emergency when instinct would be to run the other direction. A first responder is willing to help someone when they are at their worst.

Tell us about a time you were proud to be a fireman? 

A: Becoming a firefighter requires a lot of training, both in the classroom and physical requirements. Putting all that training to use in real life situations is what I am most proud of. The first time I went to a structure fire it made me appreciate what we do and trained for. It is how I knew I chose the right career path.

Occasionally on the job someone can feel “out of their element” and having to refer back to your training is a rewarding feeling. Knowing that we prepared for this no matter how extreme the conditions are.

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Why do you like about Trayvax gear as a first responder?

A: My Trayvax Element is rugged and easily accessible. On any given day I could be in extreme heat, to below freezing temps both wet or dry conditions. The wallet does not get ruined when going through these extreme conditions. Products I have used to the past have fell apart when put through the tests of heat and sweat.

We salute first responders!

Follow the link above for exclusive first responder discounts. If you are a first responder and use Trayvax gear, we would love to hear from you! Email Brian Zig, at brian.z@trayvax.com or leave a comment below. 

Cheers,

Brian Z - Trayvax Content Creator

support@trayvax.com


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