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Meet a Bloomington firefighter

Lisa Epps has been a Bloomington firefighter for more than 21 years. She serves out of Station 2. 

Q: What is your day job?

A: I work in the transportation industry managing my own town car business. 

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

A: I enjoy traveling, fishing, dining out, grilling out, bonfires and watching my beloved Minnesota Vikings, Twins and Wild. Spending time with friends has always been a high priority and family when our schedules align. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: When I was about 12 years old, ladder 2 drove past my house to respond to a fire at my neighbor’s place. I ran over to see if I could help. I was tasked with taking care of the family dog until animal control arrived. I remember watching in awe as they battled the fire. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a firefighter someday. 

Q: What do you love about firefighting?

A: Everything. I’ve been saying it is the best job ever for years. The work itself is very rewarding. The camaraderie is unmatched. The leadership is extraordinary. Training is a high priority and we are fortunate to have some of the best equipment to help us do our job. Becoming a member of the Bloomington Fire Department has been, without question, the best decision I ever made. I am eligible to retire, but this has been a way of life for me for so long. I’m not quite ready to hang up my boots.