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Deputy Chief of Engineering and Operations Tim Barrett

Meet a Bloomington firefighter

Deputy Chief of Engineering and Operations Tim Barrett has been in his current position for nearly three months and a Bloomington Firefighter for 13 years. 

Q: What did you do before you started full-time with the Fire Department?

A: I worked for the City of Bloomington in different aspect of public safety for three years. My whole career has been in public safety for Minnesota cities. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: When I was growing up, I’d go to the Bloomington Fire Station 2 open house every year. I remember how fascinated I was by the trucks, the gear and the capabilities of the BFD. The trucks seemed a lot bigger as a kid. It runs in my family, too. My brother is a captain/firefighter in Washington state and my uncle was a firefighter in Saint Paul. 

Q: What do you like most about firefighting?

A: The big answer is that you’re helping people and being there for them in what might be one of the worst moments of their lives. That’s the biggest part of what’s fueled my career in public safety. The other aspect I enjoy is that each day is different and presents different challenges. 

Q: How long have you lived in Bloomington?

A: I’ve lived here my whole life. I enjoy it because there’s such a sense of community. Many of my friends from high school and others I grew up with still live here. It feels like a small town in that way, but you’re close to all that the Twin Cities has to offer. Bloomington has it all, too—parks, shopping, transit. 

Q: What do you like doing outside of work?

A: I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting, fishing and spending time at the cabin.