When the women and men of the Pullman Fire Department get called, they make it their mission to make a bad day better for local community members.
“All the people we interact with have their own story and it’s kind of cool that we get to become part of their story,” Pullman firefighter and paramedic Jerid Hilderbrand said. “Typically, it’s in a bad chapter but we hopefully get to become a positive outcome of that chapter.”
People only call the fire department when they are out of resources, said Pullman Fire Captain James Turpin.
He said the Pullman firefighter’s union has a fund for firefighters to help victims, whether that is with a cab ride, getting diapers for a mother in need or providing food for children involved in a non-serious car crash.
On one medical call, the first responders helped an elderly man who fell out of bed, then stayed a few minutes longer to help his wife fix the plumbing issues she was having with her sink, Hilderbrand said.