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Working Christmas for Spokane firefighters

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The Spokane Fire Department had a busy day, but still got a taste of Christmas. The Spokane Fire Department had a busy day, but still got a taste of Christmas.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

While many people celebrate Christmas with family and friends, for some, Christmas is another day on the job.

That includes those who take the oath to protect and serve here at home and abroad.

The Spokane Fire Department had a busy Christmas filled with medical calls and structure fires, but they did get a taste of Christmas with a family-style dinner.

Fire equipment operator Dave Murphy was ready to feed 15 people at his fire station.

"We have our normal seven here plus our battalion chief and family members," said Murphy.

Murphy and the crew has to be ready at a moment's notice to put the meal on hold if they get an emergency call.

"Just have to shut it off and start over, and that's not unusual," said Murphy.

Lieutenant shawn poole has been with the spokane fire department for 22 years. He says being with his coworkers on Christmas is like having a second family.

"You work with these guys and gals so much you rely on them for your safety, they'll rely on you for their safety so it is like an extended family. I can't think of a better bunch of people to be with on Christmas," said Poole.

Even though the fire department got a taste Christmas, they're determined to protect the city of Spokane during the holidays

"As a civil servant in this city, you take an oath to protect the citizens and also the city so you don't bat an eye. You just do it," said Poole.

"The shifts have to be staffed. It doesn't matter what day of the year, what holiday, we're here. Always," said Murphy.

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