Firefighter Austin Yantes

Meet a firefighter

Austin Yantes has been a Bloomington firefighter for a year and a half. He serves out of Station 4. 

Q: What is your day job?

A: I work duty crew for the Fire Department and at a restaurant on weekends. 

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

A: I love the outdoors. I spend a lot of time at Hyland Hills and the Minnesota River bottoms. I go rock climbing and backpacking. I went with my dad to Gannett’s Peak in Wyoming recently and that was a great trip. I also really like to cook. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: When I was younger, a firefighter came into a restaurant I was working in. He loved his job and once I expressed interest he really helped me see how I could get involved. 

Q: What would you say to someone considering becoming a firefighter?

A: It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. It set me on a path that I plan to continue on. Come in and check out the station during an open house and meet some firefighters to see what it’s all about.