10 Questions: Fighting fires — and telling a town’s history

10 Questions: Fighting fires — and telling a town’s history

By Anne O’Connor


AYER — Brendan Hurley, 29, is a full-time firefighter and paramedic for the Ayer Fire Department. In addition to his regular duties, he runs the Facebook page for the department, populating it with historical posts, pictures and videos along with departmental news.

Q: How long have you wanted to be a firefighter?

A: Since I was born. I always wanted to do it. My dad was a call firefighter. I got bit by the bug.

Q: You post lots of historical photos and stories on the Facebook page. How did you get that job?

A: I’ve always been fascinated by history. I can remember dates and times and stories.

Q: Where do you get your ideas for the posts?

A: All these kinds of fire stories are swirling around in my head.

Q: You also have some wonderful photos. Where do those come from?

A: We have a fair amount of photos here I’m trying to scan. We know what they are or they have something on the back.

Q: What is your goal with the historical posts?

A: I hope that other people are getting enjoyment out of it, seeing it, kindling a memory.

Q: You also post department news. Why do you do this?

A: I hope that it answers questions as we go along.

Q: Did the chief support the Facebook page?

A: He had some concerns. Who was going to run it? Once I became full-time, it was easy.

Q: You must encounter some difficult situations as a firefighter and paramedic. What is the worst type of call?

A: The most challenging calls for ambulance calls are ones that involve children, even a teenager.

Q: How do you deal with this?

A: You kind of get the gallows sense of humor as a coping mechanism.

Q: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

A: If people have old photos, we’d like to see them. Stop in or email the chief.

The Ayer Fire Department can be found at the intersection of Main and Park streets or at The chief’s email address is

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