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The Lives Of NC Firefighters: What We Don't Know

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Many young children dream of becoming firefighters someday. But not everybody sustains that desire into adulthood. What is it that makes some people want to run into the buildings when everyone else is fleeing? 

Host Frank Stasio talks with firefighters Carol Reardon, captain at Durham Fire Department; Derrick Clouston, field service supervisor at the Office of the State Fire Marshall, assistant chief at East Side Fire Department and the accreditation manager for Stoney Point Fire Department; and David Jacobs, emergency medical services (EMS) coordinator for the Durham Fire Department.

Reardon says being the only female in her training class 25 years ago was difficult. "My partner in my training was always my training captain." But Reardon says the experience for women in firefighting now has changed. "I always joke with the women: I paved the way so you could run over me!"

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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