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Firefighters saving lives on Redstone Arsenal

At Redstone Arsenal, they work 48 hours and usually have 72 hours between shifts. (Source: Chris Colster, PAO of Redstone Arsenal) At Redstone Arsenal, they work 48 hours and usually have 72 hours between shifts. (Source: Chris Colster, PAO of Redstone Arsenal)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Redstone Arsenal is considered a city within a city.

So much so, they have their very own fire and police departments, restaurants, even post offices.

“I’ve been a firefighter for eight years now, and I’ve been a paramedic a little over 10 years,” explained Lt. Dea Calce.

Lt. Calce is not short on experience when it comes to saving lives.

He called the city of Madison home for fire and rescue for seven years before moving over to be lead firefighter and lieutenant paramedic at Redstone Arsenal.

“We provide advanced life support here on the arsenal. Pretty much anything the ambulance can do, we can do as well,” said Lt. Calce.

Most EMTs/paramedics work 24 or 12 hour shifts. Other firefighters will work 24 hour shifts. At Redstone Arsenal, they work 48 hours and usually have 72 hours between shifts.

Outside Redstone, firefighters get called out in the evening and overnight. Those at Redstone see a bulk of their action throughout the day.

“It’s kind of a big influx of people, so we see a lot of vehicle accidents because there is a lot of traffic on the roads. We do see a lot of medical calls during the day, during work hours,” said Lt. Calce.

And just like any firefighter or paramedic, Calce has that one favorite rescue mission.

“I remember a certain call we had in October. We had a gentleman who was working out at the gym and went into cardiac arrest, I was a paramedic on the engine that day. Due to our advanced life support capabilities and that good bystander’s CPR we were able to resuscitate him and he’s gone back to work now. He actually had a plaque made for us to thank us. That was the first time we’ve ever had someone do that. We’re very appreciative and very glad he’s back at work,” described Lt. Calce.

Calce wants the community to know, they can rely on Redstone Arsenal Fire and Emergency Services to be there.

“It catches some people off guard that Redstone has their own fire department, but we’re trying to get the word out there and let people know we’re here if they need us,” said Lt. Calce.

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