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Meet a Bloomington firefighter

Nancy Anselmin has been a Bloomington firefighter for 17 years. She serves out of Station 2. 

Q: What’s your day job?

A: I’m a registered nurse; I do a phone triage line and I work in an emergency room. I was a paramedic before I was a nurse, there was a lot of overlap between those jobs and with the fire service. 

Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t working or volunteering?

A: My husband and I like to travel and garden. I walk my dogs a lot. We have three—Gertrude, my Mastiff, Emma, my Pug, and Norman is my little Chihuahua. We’ve got a huge one, medium and little.  And I’m a knitter, like every other firefighter—no, just kidding. 

Q: What do you love most about firefighting?

A: It’s problem solving, it’s always different and it’s great being out in the community helping people—a lot of times it’s people you know. I also like being able to bring a sense of calm to calls we go out on. I think in my line of work, that’s really important and it’s something I pride myself on.