REDDING, Calif. - While most people are eating good food and spending time with friends and family, local first responders are on standby.
At Redding Fire Station One, Thanksgiving is like any other day. Action News Now spoke to some firefighters who say protecting their community comes first.
Garett Claycamp has been working for Redding Fire Department for 15 years, and he says he’s on call and ready to go at any moment.
“We are just waiting in case someone needs help. We’ve run a few medical aids today, luckily, no fire, but if something should arise, we will be ready to go,” Claycamp said.
Meanwhile, Josh Sherman’s been a Redding Firefighter for two years; he says Thanksgiving is a time to help those in need.
“Working around Thanksgiving is not that big deal. There are three shifts, so throughout your career, you probably work about a third of them. So, it’s a part of what you signed up for, and we are happy to be here and serve the city,” Sherman said.
Claycamp says he may be away from his loved ones today, but this department is his second family.
“The fire department is my second family; most of us are away from our families, which is sad, but they also visit the station, it just comes with the job, and most families understand, and they visit us at the station, it’s a good thing, and it helps out,” Claycamp said.
Claycamp tells Action News Now his station already got a few calls today and urges people to pay attention while cooking and watch out for others on this thanksgiving day.