Lieutenant Carri HollowayWhere are you stationed?
I’m currently stationed at Firehouse 5 (Cottage Grove Road) on the ‘A’ shift.

What was your previous position?
I held the promoted position of Apparatus Engineer for 5 years. Four of those were spent roving, which means I worked at a different firehouse every shift.

How long have you been with the MFD?
I joined the MFD in October 2007.

What do you like about your station and/or the territory?
I have spent most of my career at Fire Station 5, starting before Fire Stations 13 and 14 were building. The territory offers a challenge with every call, whether it be EMS, a vehicle fire, structure fire, or public assist. The neighborhood has embraced this firehouse and are so excited when we are able to participate in different activities within the community. 

Carri Holloway with 11-year-old Braydon
Lt. Holloway with Brayden, now 11, who was
born in the apparatus bay of Fire Station 5.

How has your perspective changed now that you're a lieutenant?
As a firefighter, one never knows how the day will really play out. Having the challenge to be prepared to help anyone within our community with any problem they have drives me to keep learning. I started as a volunteer and enjoyed the feeling of showing up and fixing what was wrong. I still have that feeling today as a lieutenant; however, now I have the responsibility/challenge to make sure that each member has the knowledge to answer the call of the public.   

What's the most interesting call you've been involved with?
The most memorable call for me was when a baby was born in the apparatus bay at Fire Station 5. The couple was on their way to the hospital when they realized they were not going to make it. I was able to help the mom give birth to a healthy baby boy. That same boy came and visited the firehouse on his birthday and Christmas for a few years after his birth. He will always hold a special place in my heart.

What do you do when you’re not working at MFD? When I’m not working on shift, I enjoy spending time at home with my family. We will sit on the deck or go boating. I also enjoy doing house remodeling with my neighbor.   

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Category: General, Station 5