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Meet a Bloomington firefighter

When Public Works Maintenance Worker Matt Solberg isn’t plowing and sweeping streets, trimming trees or patching potholes, he serves out of Fire Station 1. He has been a Bloomington firefighter for 16 years. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: When I was young, I lived by Station 3 and I’d see the fire trucks go by every day. We’d run outside and wave and the firefighters waved back and honked. I mean, those guys cared about us and that really made me interested in being like them one day. 

Q: What do you do for fun when you’re not working or volunteering?

A: I like mountain biking in the river bottom, hunting and fishing up north, going to concerts, golfing with my wife, Abby, and going for walks on all the trails in Bloomington with my wife and white lab Buck. 

Q: What do you like about living in Bloomington?

A: I’ve lived here my whole life. I like it because it’s like a small town in some ways—everybody knows each other—but we still have all the conveniences of being close to the Twin Cities. 

Q: What’s your favorite thing about being a firefighter?

A: I do a lot of fire prevention education with young students and it’s fun to teach them about fire safety. A lot of students ask the same questions like “How much does your fire gear weigh?” (For the record, it weighs between 60-100 pounds, depending on which tools you’re carrying).