Shasta County, Calif - Rain, shine, or holidays.
Some careers just don’t get a day off.
"I think I've worked 4 years. Yeah, I've had to work the last four Thanksgivings," said Nicole Buchanan a Physician's Assistant for Mercy Medical.
And while it’s not ideal working the holidays, firefighters, police officers, and medical staff will all say its all apart of helping their community.
"We’d all like to be with our families during the holidays but again there is a need for people to be here because people have emergencies," said nurse Pam Sherian for Mercy Medical.
But each department makes the best of it.
Sharing laughs, having dinner and cooking together.
"You’re kind of taking a risk if you have to turn it off and come back in a couple of hours you don’t know what you're coming back to so that’s the risk you take when you're making dinner at the firehouse," said Redding Fire Engineer Craig Martin.
But these careers can take a toll on their families.
"It’s really sad to just sit at the table and to see an empty spot at the end of the table," said Martin's son Nolan.
But they know their heroes are out there helping others.
"But it also reminds he is helping other people. When like the Carr Fire started I saw all like the signs like those people are making signs about my dad that’s cool," said Nolan.
And despite every Christmas, birthday, and Thanksgiving missed, each hero has their loved ones in mind.
"I will have Thanksgiving tomorrow with my family," said Sherian.
"I just want to let everyone know that I love them and how thankful I am to have a good family to come home to," said Craig Martin.