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Fighting Fires to Nursing Clinicals

  • Student Michael Scott

11/19/2017 8:00:00 AM - Steven Tibbitts

When entering a burning building, remember that the hose is your lifeline. Crawl while advancing hand-on-hand or else you could twist the hose and get lost. When Chief says get out, you get out because the building could be about to collapse.

Such as some of the memories of nursing student Michael Scott’s time as a firefighter in New Hampshire. The job brought a mix of excitement and pressure, all of which helped Scott in his journey to studying nursing at BYU.

Starting first as a volunteer firefighter in high school, Scott realized how much he enjoyed the team atmosphere and the inherent service to the community that the job entailed. Each week offered plenty of opportunities to get the adrenaline flowing while responding to a variety of calls.

“I loved it,” he says. “I think it depends on your personality. I liked getting woken up in the middle of the night, and it was exciting to head to the scene or head to the engine.”

Scott became a certified firefighter and dedicated the next five years to the profession. The lifestyle was one in which everything could change in the blink of an eye.

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