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Meet a Bloomington firefighter

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Bloomington Briefing Published May 3, 2023
Updated on May 3, 2023
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Meet Kirsten Willenbring, a firefighter at Station 5, who has served residents for 23 years.

Willenbring first considered a firefighting career in high school. She attended Hennepin Technical College for basic firefighter training, and then Inver Hills Community College for an Emergency Medical Technician certificate. 

“Training is a primary focus here at the Bloomington Fire Department,” Willenbring said. “Things have changed a lot in the past 20 years and we are fully equipped to handle it.”

A helper by nature, Willenbring also became a registered nurse in 2009, and holds a second job as a post-anesthesia nurse.

“I have learned so much as a firefighter that I use in all areas of my life. It has been a great part-time career for me,” she said. 

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