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Meet a Bloomington firefighter

Manda Johnson has been a Bloomington firefighter for three months. She serves out of Station 3. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: I wanted to become a firefighter to get involved in my community. The Fire Department offered a sense of community, public service and a way to stay active and engaged. It really fit all my criteria. 

Q: What was the recruitment process like for you?

A: It took about six months from the initial recruitment to being officially hired. That really shows how the City and BFD are invested in you and it proves your commitment to them that you stick around to the end. You have to do background checks, physical agility tests and meet all sorts of other requirements. 

Q: What is your day job?

A: I’m a cardiovascular intensive care unit pharmacist. Our unit happens to do heart and lung transplants, heart pumps and more. I’m really in my dream job. It’s very hands-on and very active. That’s a lot of what I like about firefighting, too. 

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

A: I like to spend time with my fiance and my dog, Riley, exploring what Bloomington has to offer. We’ve only been here for three years so we still have a lot to get involved in and discover.