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Meet a firefighter

Drew Squires has been a Bloomington firefighter for 16 years. He serves out of Station 3. 

Q: What is your day job?

A: I’m a full-time firefighter and paramedic in Saint Paul. 

Q: What do you do for fun when you aren’t working or volunteering?

A: I like to golf. I’m part of the seven-time fire department station championship team. I also enjoy hanging out with my family and cooking, especially barbecue. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: Extended family history played a big part in it. Many members of my family have been firefighters in the past and that inspired me to get involved. 

Q: What do you like most about firefighting?

A: No two days are ever the same. And I don’t need to sit behind a desk. 

Q: Where are you from?

A: I grew up in Bloomington, played sports with the Bloomington Athletic Association, graduated, left and moved back. 

Q: What do you like most about Bloomington?

A: I really like that it’s the biggest little town ever. You really know everyone and have that sense of community, but also have the benefit of being a short drive from Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the airport.