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Anaré Holmes

Firefighters cook dinner for each other every night—but as a rookie in an Atlanta firehouse, I saw the limits of that intimacy

For generations, firefighters have cooked for one another nightly, building camaraderie over shared meals. But I also saw the limits of the connections forged over the firehouse table.
Atlanta Fire Stations

Atlanta’s 9 most interesting firehouse mottos

Atlanta fire stations might officially be known by their government-given numbers, but for decades the men and women who sleep, eat, and wait for emergency calls inside those buildings have been adopting mottos inspired by their crews’ attitudes, personalities, and specialties. Here’s a look at some of the city’s most interesting firehouse mottos.
Merriwether County Firefighters

One Square Mile: The volunteer firefighters of Meriwether County

Along a red dirt road, where smoke is creeping like fog through the nearby pines, 32-year-old Dustin Owens waves a fire hose to tamp down a one-acre brush fire.

Take the stairs — all 1,012 of them

You might be surprised to learn that hundreds of people every year willingly sign up to climb 45 flights -- which translates to 1,012 stairs -- in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb in Atlanta, which seeks to raise money and awareness for the 35 million Americans who suffer from asthma.

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