A Week That Changed Our World Project: All quiet at the fire hall… for now

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Allan Cosman, a 27-year-old firefighter, is one of the drivers who grips the wheel of a fire engine and puts the pedal to the metal when alarms sound.

Yarmouth, N.S. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13

The Yarmouth Fire Department’s fleet rumbles loudly, idling outside the station during a monthly procedure to charge batteries.

Just waiting for the alarm bells to ring again.

The trucks, like the young man monitoring them this morning, must always be ready.

Allan Cosman, a 27-year-old firefighter, is one of the drivers who grips the wheel of a fire engine and puts the pedal to the metal when alarms sound.

In some ways, he’s an old hand at this.

Even at the age of seven, he started Level One training as a firefighter, watching videos with his father who was studying to join the spanking new Kemptville and District Fire Department.

When he turned 16, Allan joined that department.

While at college in the Annapolis Valley he volunteered with firefighters there as well. Back in Yarmouth he volunteered until he was hired a few months ago.

It was all to get ready.

“Why not have your dream job and get paid for it as well?” he reasons matter-of-factly.

A few months ago his team was the first into a structure fire — something he’d waited a decade for. A defining moment.

“I wasn’t totally scared

The Yarmouth Fire Department’s fleet rumbles loudly, idling outside the station during a monthly procedure to charge batteries.

Just waiting for the alarm bells to ring again.

Click here for video and to see more moments from A Week That Changed Our World’s Wednesday collection

Organizations: Yarmouth Fire Department, District Fire Department

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Annapolis Valley

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