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“Only 15 percent of the job is actually firefighting,” Tornabene said. “About 50 percent is probably EMS. Five-to-ten percent is prevention, which has increased because we just got a fire safety grant. The rest is spent doing training and maintenance.”

The firefighters must maintain the roughly 1,200 hydrants in the city, the 30,000 sections of hose, all of the trucks and ambulance vehicles, as well as the station.

“That becomes like a second home to them,” Tornabene said. “They have to scrub the toilets, cook dinner, clean dishes, sweep and mop.”

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