Answering the call: Tucson Firefighter's first day means putting training into action

CREATED Feb 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 10, 2013

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  • Alexis Anderson graduated from the Tucson Fire academy on February 1. Her first day on the job meant jumping into action and putting her training to the test.

Reporter: Rikki Mitchell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Alexis Anderson's first day as a Tucson Firefighter meant starting her shift at 6:30 a.m. and responding to calls from the moment she walked in the door.

In fact, because she couldn't sleep the night before, Alexis arrived before a single member of her crew did.

She immediately went out on her first call before most of her new crew had even left their homes.

"I was nervous," said Alexis. "It wasn't even my crew, it was the shift before since I was so early so I hadn't met anyone yet, they were all woken up by that call. It was scary going in."

Alexis graduated from the Tucson Fire Academy on February 1 as the only woman in her class.

But up until now it's been drills. Now she puts her skills into action.

"Most of the academy is fire related so a lot of the medical calls, you'll learn in the field," she said. "But that's expected."

The first day on the job meant being ready at any moment to go out and help someone.

But the less glamorous part of the job also calls for house keeping, like cleaning the firehouse bathroom, and knowing your fire engine inside and out.
Alexis also performed a drill in front of her captain. She simulated responding to an apartment fire.

But every drill has to be as realistic as possible and that means putting on her full gear, securing the water supply, and carrying the hose into the complex.

Alexis didn't battle any real fires her first day, but she says with all this Tucson Fire training, she's ready.

"I know I'll be very excited and what not," she said. "It'll happen. We'll see."

Her new family is Station 10. And for the next year, she's the new kid on the block.

Until of course the next group comes in.