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The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments. Despite the advancements in fancy trucks and gear, one fact remains: As long as we face threats, real-life superheroes will always exist who are willing to protect the neighborhood and communities they serve.

When faced with the quintessential childhood question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” kids often doodle stick figures clad in yellow, wielding water hoses. After all, firefighters are the stuff of local legends—while most people run from danger, they actively seek it out. Their heroics are chronicled above the fold in newspapers and their actions are immortalized in comic books in the form of cape-wearing heroes who soar to safety with frail grandmothers under their arms,

  • Words:
    Taylor Weik
  • Photography:
    Frederik Vercruysse

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  • Words:
    Taylor Weik
  • Photography:
    Frederik Vercruysse
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