Work doesn't end for some over the holidays

By KBJR News 1

December 25, 2013 Updated Dec 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- For some, the holidays are a time to get some much needed rest and relaxation, but for others it's business as usual.

Firefighters, police officers and EMTS work hard year round to ensure safety in the community and the holidays are no different.

"Nights weekends and holidays, that's one of the first things we learn when we start with the state patrol," said Captain Steve Strombeck with the Minn. State Patrol.

They say that's what they signed up to do.

"It's very important that we are out there on these high travel times and joyous times where these people are traveling and seeing families. We want everyone to get there safely," said Strombeck.

Meanwhile the Superior Fire Department needs to be ready to go at a moment's notice.

"Holiday procedure for us is that we are still servicing all of our calls all of our 911 calls, we don't schedule any training though on holidays we treat it like a Sunday," said Battalion Chief Scott Gordon.

Superior fire officials say the most common call they go out on are for medicals, but Christmas day has been slow so far.

"We don't have the normal calls that we would have on a weekend just because Christmas day is not a big going out day, people are traditional with their families and hunkered down," said Gordon.

While some working on Christmas don't get to spend time with their immediate families, the fire department makes sure to make the most of spending time with their second family.

"We all get together and have a meal usually, today we just got done having a prime rib meal, we went down and got ourselves a 12 pound prime rib at Superior Meets and divvied up so each station is responsible for cooking something," said Gordon.

Getting in a full meal before being called back out to work.

Of course we can't forget about our dedicated reporters and production folks who are also working hard during the holiday season to bring you the news.

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