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It’s 2 a.m.

You’ve been asleep for a few hours when a loud tone goes off. Someone yells an address. You have 90 seconds to get out of bed, don 20 kilograms of gear, and jump on the truck. Adrenaline surges. You pilot a 40-tonne firetruck through narrow city streets. The safety of your crew, pedestrians, and other drivers is on you. If there’s a fire, you’ll work harder tonight than most people do in a week. You arrive at the address.

It’s 2:06 a.m.

“Most of our calls are false alarms,” says Assistant Chief Chuck Bezanson of Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services (HRFE).

“But how we get there is the exact same alarm for a false alarm or a real fire. You’re constantly dealing with spikes and lulls in your adrenaline level. Just being able to manage that takes a toll on your mental health and Natasha handles that really well.”

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