Hello. My name is Lynn Pligg. I am a firefighter with the St. Louis Fire Department. I have been in the fire service for 20 years and have seen it all. The purpose of this website is to give a behind the scenes view of the world of firefighting. Most people do not realize all of the things that firefighters do and rarely get a candid look behind the garage doors of the fire house. There is no better job in the world and I will attempt to show all of you at home just why that is.
A little more about myself… I grew up in Crestwood, MO and had a great childhood. I attended St. Louis University HIgh School. I then went on to attend the University of Dayton. I majored in computers of all things and graduated with a bachelors degree several years ago. I entered the workforce upon graduating and never felt like the 9 to 5 world was for me. I hated the office environment and spent all of my days staring at the clock, waiting to get the hell out of there. I worked for several companies for a few years and never felt like I fit in that environment.
I had a family friend who had been a firefighter and now works full time as a Paramedic in St. Charles, MO. I spoke with him once at a wedding and expressed my distaste with my professional situation. He told me that I should be a firefighter. At first I was like, “yeah right. Me?” The thought of being a firefighter had honestly never even entered my mind before that night. However, he described the profession in such a way that I could tell that he really loved it. The ability to only work 10 days a month and actually pursue another career in my off time was very appealing. I always wanted to start a towing service, and thought maybe this could actually work. I was excited!
The next day I got on the internet and figured out exactly what I needed to do. I enrolled in EMT school a few days later and I was on my way. EMT school was rather easy and only took 3 months to complete. I got a job with a local ambulance service and started getting some experience. I then enrolled in Paramedic school. Paramedic school was a bit more intense and took 2 years to complete. After that I was lucky enough to get a spot in the Fire Academy. The rest is history and I plan on telling some interesting stories about my career with the fire department on this very website. Feel free to ask questions and make comments on any post on this page.