Meet a Bloomington firefighter
Ryan Petersen has been a firefighter for 17 years. He serves out of Station 1.
Q: What’s your day job?
A: I’m a full-time firefighter in Saint Paul.
Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?
A: I like serving my community and helping out. It’s a very rewarding career. I grew up watching fire trucks drive down Nicollet past my house and I always thought I wanted to do that someday.
Q: What do you like about living in Bloomington?
A: I like it because it’s a well-taken-care-of city that still has a small town feel to it and you’re close to everything the Twin Cities has to offer.
Q: What do you like to do when you aren’t working or volunteering?
A: I like hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, backpacking—most outdoor stuff.
Q: What would you say to someone considering becoming a firefighter?
A: Don’t give up. Always be learning. Never take a day off from learning something that will better you.