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First responders on call this Thanksgiving

By Kyle Benjamin, Weekend Anchor, kbenjamin@keci.com
Published On: Nov 22 2012 05:58:05 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 23 2012 09:13:42 AM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Just because it's a holiday, doesn't mean everybody gets the day off.
Fire, Police, and E.M.S, all on the job in Missoula.

"To be in the station on a holiday isn't the end of the world," says first year firefighter Josh Kamarth.

The men and women of  the Missoula Fire Department's Station One are on alert.
"For us, it doesn't really make a difference as to what day it is," says Erin Wilmarth. She's driving the truck today, if they have to run a call.
"Being a holiday, it's a lot slower and our admins are off and our training officer's off, so we don't have training.That's a change in our normal activities."

They wait for the call to action, just like every other day.  A couple calls come in, but they're for other stations and units.
So the firefighters on call study, eat, and read the paper.

"I have more than enough to keep me busy. Whether it's studying the street map or working on the C-D-L stuff,"says Kamarth.

Right after lunch, Station 1 gets called to a structure fire. An oven is burning in an apartment. Thanksgiving dinner gone wrong. They're on the way in no time, and quickly on scene.

Josh and Captain Randy Thorpe get things under control. Minimal damage they say, the call wrapped up in less than 20 minutes.

Just another day at the office.

"It's kind of a bummer you miss out getting to have dinner, doing your normal holiday routine, but you know, somebody's got to work," says Wilmarth.