Meet a firefighter

Brent Carlson was a Bloomington firefighter nearly 32 years serving out of Station 3. He retired in June. 

Q: What’s your day job?

A: I’ve worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Fire for eight years. Before that, I was a paramedic with Allina. 

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

A: My wife and I have started to travel more. I enjoy spending time with my kid and traveling up north—Duluth and Ely are our favorite destinations. 

Q: What made you want to become a firefighter?

A: I literally learned to walk at Station 3. My dad retired after 20 years of firefighting as a captain of Station 3. It’s always been something I wanted to do.  

Q: What do you like most about firefighting?

A: Every day is different. One of the things I really enjoy is teaching the kids about fire safety. When I was a kid I used to get so excited when a fire truck drove up. Now I’m the one driving the truck. 

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: I like photography and I’m really into military history. I’ve been to Gettysburg, and one thing on my bucket list is to travel to Normandy to see where D-Day happened. My grandpa served in World War II. 

Q: What is a little-known fact about you?

A: Believe it or not, every time I climb the aerial ladder I’m scared to death. I just remind myself you do it one step at a time. Once I’m in the bucket though, I’m good.