VIDEO: After months of staffing shortages, the Lincoln Fire Department has finally filled a number of vacant positions.
"I was a combat medic in the army, I was a salesman, I've done a lot of retail and a lot of things that didn't feel like the right fit," said Jason Kotara, probationary firefighter for the Lincoln Fire Department. "I am learning but I'm very happy to have the crew that I do."
Jason Kotara is the department's newest member. He's only been on the job for two weeks, but he's already embraced the unique lifestyle.
"My typical day starts at 7 a.m. doing truck checks, going in and making sure everything is good to go on the trucks to get everything ready to go for the day. We do house chores. Three days on, three days off... 12-hour shifts," said Kotara.