HENRICO, Va. – Patrick Hannan has wanted to be a firefighter since his fourth birthday when he said he “got the coolest hook and ladder fire truck as a present and it was my favorite toy from then on.”
“I still have it to this day,” he said.
Hannan, a New York native, works a Fire Station 1 in the central part of Henrico County. He’s been a firefighter for 11 years, 10 of which have been served at station one.
He works with about 30 guys and one captain, “spread across three different shifts at the house.”
During #CBS6TakeoverTuesday, Hannan will introduce you to the crew, and show you what the day in a life of a firefighter is like – though rarely are two days the same.
In fact, that fluid nature is something that makes the job great, Hannan said, and definitely better than a desk job.
“The job is the best in so many ways,” Hannan said. “I work with a great crew and we always have each other’s back.”
“I get to help people when they need it most,” he added.
“The public has a decent perception of us, however, I don’t think they understand the fact that in Henrico alone, firefighters staff the engines/trucks/squads, AND the ambulances,” Hannan said. “We are all EMTs and a growing number of us are paramedics.”
Another aspect the public may not understand is the dedication firefighters have to their job.
“It’s more of a life choice than an occupation,” Hannan said. “We spend countless hours and holidays away from our families while at the firehouse.”
“There are always family birthdays and holidays celebrated at the firehouse,” he continued. “It’s what keeps us all together. The family environment extends from home into the firehouse.”
Hannan’s plan for #CBS6TakeoverTuesday is to give as much of a glimpse as he can into a regular day at Fire Station 1.
“I hope everyone enjoys it,” he said.
All summer we have invited people in the community to take over our CBS 6 Instagram account, so you can learn about their world through their eyes. At the end of the summer takeover, you vote for who had the best takeover, and we donate to the charitable organization of their choice.
Hannan chooses the Henrico Firefighters and Families Charitable Foundation, which helps firefighters when there is injury, illness or death in their family.
You can read more about it here.
Check out the other Takeover Tuesdays, here.
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Welcome to the firehouse kitchen. We're on shift for the next 24hrs, and the only guarantee is that the rookie will keep the coffee flowing. @nikkidee_ray and @krisluehrs are on the tv telling us about the day to come. Let's do this! #cbs6takeovertuesday
Patrick Hannan has wanted to be a firefighter since his fourth birthday, when he “got the coolest hook and ladder fire truck as a present and it was my favorite toy from then on.” “I still have it to this day,” he said. Hannan now works a Fire Station 1 in Henrico County. He’s been a firefighter for 11 years, 10 of which have been served at station one. During #CBS6TakeoverTuesday, Hannan will introduce you to the crew, and show you what the day in a life of a firefighter is like – though rarely are two days ever the same. In fact, that fluid nature is something that makes the job great, Hannan said, and definitely better than a desk job. “The job is the best in so many ways,” Hannan said. “I work with a great crew and we always have each other's back.” “I get to help people when they need it most,” he added. Make sure to welcome Patrick tomorrow and follow along!!! #CBS6TakeoverTuesday is a fundraiser, and at the end of the series you vote for who had the best takeover. We will donate $200 to their charitable organization of choice. @louderthaneleven chooses Henric Firefighters and Families Charitable Foundation.