Firefighting has been an important part of Clint Davies' life for many years, and his commitment to helping protect others has extended to his son, Rick.
Clint has been a firefighter for more than 30 years. He spent about 10 years with the Bienfait Fire Department when he was living in that community; once he moved to Estevan, he soon joined the Estevan Fire and Rescue Service.
He has spent more than 20 years on Estevan's fire department, and is now one of the elder firefighters.
"I always had an interest in it," said Clint. "Friends of mine in Bienfait were on the department, and I was involved with (firefighting-related) stuff at work. I took a lot of training through SaskPower."
Rick has been a firefighter for 13 years.
"I grew up with it," Rick said. "I had the fire truck toys, and I always saw Dad running out the door to fight fires."
Clint recalls that when Rick was small, Rick always wanted to accompany him to the fire hall. The father is proud that his son joined the department.
"All through the years, it was something that he wanted," Clint said. "At one time or another, he was going to get involved. He's been very loyal to the department, and dedicated, and worked his way up to be captain."
Clint would understand the amount of work needed to become a captain; it's a rank that he held at one time.
But Clint never pushed Rick to become a firefighter; instead, he left the decision up to his son.
"I came in here not really knowing what to think about it," said Rick. "You know about the trucks and the equipment from growing up with it. When you go on the truck, and you go on the first call, and actually see what it's all about and start learning what it's all about, (that's when you're hooked)."
Estevan's fire department is comprised largely of volunteer firefighters; about 30 are currently on the duty roster. They can be called to a fire at any time, regardless of whether it's when they're working, spending time with family, eating supper or even sleeping.
"I don't know if they get used to it, or what, (but I didn't), especially the middle of the night calls," Clint said.
Rick used to be able to respond to virtually all of the calls, but now that he has a two-year-old daughter, he concedes it's more difficult.
Firefighting has changed a lot since Clint first joined the department. The firefighters have a lot more training than they used to, he said, and the equipment is much better. The average age of the firefighters is much younger, too.
Rick said he hasn't seen a lot of changes since he joined, but the technology continues to evolve, and that has resulted in better equipment.
They respond to different calls, too.
"Back in the day, you never thought you'd be getting a hazmat (hazardous materials) call, but that's one of our biggest focuses at the moment," said Rick.
Camaraderie also plays an important role in the life of a firefighter, they said.
"When you're in a life or death situation, you rely on everybody else, you rely on each other to help out," said Clint. "You're going in as a team and hopefully you're coming out as a team."
Will there be a third generation of Davies family members in the department? Rick isn't sure if his daughter will one day want to join or not; that'll be her own decision. But just like Rick, she likes her toy fire trucks, and she loves coming to the fire hall.
Estevan has had multiple female firefighters in the last few years, and Rick said he wouldn't stop her if she does decide to join one day.
The elder Davies said he'll likely retire from the department in the next year. He has already retired from SaskPower, and spends a lot of time vacationing in the U.S. It's difficult for him to find the necessary time to commit the department and the training associated with the job.
Anybody who wants to join the department should give it serious thought, he said.
"You have to make sure that when you join the department that you want to commit your time," said Clint. "You have to know you're going to give up some of your time with your family and your job."
But anyone does join should be proud to be a firefighter, he said.