Colorado Firecamp - Salida, Colorado S130/S190 - Type 2 Basic Firefighter Training

Many years ago, during a Spartan Hurricane Heat (a 4 hour sufferfest equivalent to bootcamp), our squad leader mentioned he was a Hotshot firefighter. At the time, I didnt know what that was but I assumed it was something intense. Later that week, I did a little research on it and found myself quickly obessesed with the profession. What I loved was the sheer dirtiness and griminess behind it. No fame, or adulation. No calendar spread and little costumes that kids wear to mimic your profession. There was a sense of "just do your job and get out" behind it. Thats an attitude that has always resonated with me.

I had planned on doing this for some time, but life always got in the way. Maybe that was my excuse to not pursue this. Fast foward many years later, it was still something on my mind.

With a baby on the way, I felt there was no better time than now.

Like life will always teach you, there is no perfect time. There is usually only the imperfect time and the imperfect situation. Yet you go for it. When the means present itself, no matter how small, you take calculated risks and accomplish the thing you've been meaning to do.

All of the below photos were taken with a phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.