For 25 years Captain Brian Butts has been serving the CCFR community.
1. Why did you become a firefighter?
When we moved into the community back in 1974, my father Leo Butts joined the volunteer fire department. As I grew up with him being involved in the various functions, training and drills, I became somewhat of a fire service brat.
He would let me come with him to the fire station on drill nights and we helped take care of the station since we lived down the street. I signed up to be a volunteer as soon as I was old enough to join.
I enjoy being involved with the community, and the fire department was the right fit for me. A couple of years later, I was informed the fire department would be hiring and asked if I wished to apply for a job as a full-time firefighter. Lucky for me, I got the job.
2. How long have you been with the District?
I have been active with the department since 1986, when I became a volunteer. The district has employed me since December 1988.
3. What is your favorite part of the job?
It is always a great feeling when you have helped someone in need. I also like how our department is involved in many programs to educate the public and help those in need.
4. What do you like to do outside of work?
I like keeping busy. When I am not at station, I repair computers and build websites. I enjoy spending time with my family and following my daughter who is very active in school and competitive dance. I have recently picked up the expensive hobby of competitive barbeque and I absolutely live for my yearly vacation in Destin, Florida.
5. What would people be surprised to know about you?
I attended college with the full intention of going into mass media and photography. I used to do a lot of photography and entered a few shows. I was once employed as a photographer before working for CCFR.
6. Describe a typical day at the firehouse.
We start the day off at shift change. The previous shift, which has been on duty for 48 hours, will fill us in on the status of our equipment and duties that may need to be completed. We then check our equipment thoroughly to ensure everything is in working order. Every piece of equipment on the truck is inventoried, checked, and run. Once the truck check is complete, we may have a quick breakfast and then start the rest of our duties. Most of the time, it will be a training class or drill. We are constantly training to keep up on our skills. We also perform basic maintenance on our vehicles and station; there is always something to do.
7. What are two thing about you job that people would surprise non-firefighters?
A lot of people do not realize that firefighters live at the station 1/3 of their lives. We eat and sleep here in between our duties and assignments. Most of our calls come in at night.
We are attached to the fire truck as part of our job. No matter where we go, should it be a medical call or picking up supplies from the store, it goes with us. We are on duty the entire time, ready to go. The dispatch center has GPS on the trucks, so the closest truck will always respond.