Police And Fire Labor On The Holiday
On this Labor Day a majority of Americans are enjoying a day of rest from the usual work grind.
But not everyone gets the day off. Some must labor on to help keep us safe.
Sometimes on Labor Day when you call a business you get a recording instead of a person at the other end of the line.
But can you imagine if you had an emergency and no one was there to take your call?
We paid a visit to the folks who give up their day off so you can enjoy yours.
The fire department is on standby for any type of situation even on a holiday. The same number firefighters work a labor day as any regular day.
Chief Brad Hackett with The Montgomery Fire Department, says, "We've got our morning check offs we've got to do the truck and equipment has to be checked to make sure it's ready to respond at any time it's pretty much business as usual."
Montgomery Fire and rescue keeps busy on the holiday. On labor day they generally get calls for small fires and medical emergencies.
"Depending on the emergency we need to have access to anything at any given moment we need to have trucks and personal and equipment in place so there's no deviation from any of that any day of the year any holiday," said Hackett.
And police protection doesn't take a break even for a national day of rest. Officers are still out in full force.
Lieutenant Tony Garrett with the Montgomery Police Department, says, "A lot of police officers that work patrol whatever division they have to maintain their regular work schedule so what's a holiday for you is just a regular day for us."
They say holidays can be especially busy. More people are out driving and more people are getting together.
"There's more people trying to visit their families more people on the road ways more domestic violence type situations because you have more condensed people that are in one household so that starts arguments so holidays can be very busy for police officers," said Garrett.
When fire fighters and police take an oath to serve they go into the job knowing they'll work holidays so they're main goal is to help keep you safe. Lb now back to you.
According to the US department of labor's website, the very first Labor Day holiday was celebrated Tuesday September 5, 1882 in New York City.