In the midst of an epic fire in California, a volunteer firefighter is handing over his life to help save others.
The Red Cross has been called out by some of the biggest names in the volunteer fire industry to help put out a blaze that has killed 16 people and injured more than 500, according to a story published by The Times on Saturday.
The firefighter, a 35-year-old man named Carlos Martinez, has been helping with firefighting and first aid since January of last year.
But when the blaze broke out, Martinez decided to leave his job as a firefighter to become a fire fighter himself.
The first call he received was from a family in the neighborhood.
They were in their home when a massive fire broke out.
“I told them that I was in the fire fighting business and they told me that it’s a volunteer job,” he told The Times.
Martinez was taken to the hospital where he met two of his friends.
“We just started talking, and I told them, ‘I don’t know what to do.
I don’t have any skills,'” he told the newspaper.
“Then they said, ‘We don’t need a firefighter.’
I just started thinking about how much more difficult it is to become an official firefighter than a volunteer.”
Martinez, who has been on the job for a year and a half, decided to take the plunge and take on the life of a firefighter.
“If I don.t have a job, I can’t be a firefighter,” he said.
His journey began in February of last, when he was a member of the Red Wings Fire Department in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and then as a volunteer with the Fort Wayne Fire Department.
In June, Martinez was named captain of the Fort Worth Fire Department, and he was promoted to sergeant on June 29.
Martinez said he and his co-workers started training together.
“Every day, I do what they call a fire drill.
It’s like, ‘Let’s just go in there, do this and do that,'” he said, adding that they started to get the hang of the job.
In September, the Fort Bend County Fire Department called to request help, and Martinez said they had the fire under control.
He said they sent his son to work, but his son quickly learned the fire was worse than he thought.
He saw the first responders trying to put out the fire and saw their faces when they realized what had happened.
“When I got in there to try and put out that fire, I didn’t see anybody who was injured,” he recalled.
“It was scary.”
He started to realize he had to do something to help.
Martinez decided he wanted to be a fire truck driver, but he didn’t want to have to be on the road all the time.
So he took the job and took the Red Arrows and the Fire Department to work.
He has a master’s degree in firefighter education from the University of Southern California.
“The whole reason I was doing it is because I knew I had to be, you know, a firefighter if I wanted to make it in the world,” he explained.
“That was my dream, that I could make it and I wanted the best for the community, and that’s why I wanted this job.”
As the fire spread, Martinez said the fire department did a tremendous job.
“They came in and took care of everybody,” he added.
This is my home, and this is my family. “
This is a place where I want to be.
This is my home, and this is my family.
I’ve got a family, and it’s good.”
As Martinez got closer to retirement, he began to see more people with the same dream.
“A lot of people, they are trying to make their dreams come true and they’re trying to get through a lot of things, and there’s just a lot less of them,” he laughed.
“In a lot more ways than the Red Stars.”
When the fire reached the outskirts of Fort Worth, the Red Red Arrows helped put out several blazes.
He worked in one of the largest fire trucks in the country.
Martinez has since joined the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“What I do for the Red Bulls is a different level of responsibility,” he remarked.
“As a firefighter, I’ve been doing everything that they have to do, but I’m also doing what they can’t do.”