When you think of firefighters you probably imagine men and women who pull hoses, fight fire, save lives, and work hard.
But Artists? Not likely.
Yet at Clark County Fire District 6, one Captain has put his artistic skills to work creating a large mural that also reminds co-workers of the dangers of the job.
In his spare time Capt. Clint Greeley likes to draw and paint. When the new Fire Station in Salmon Creek opened, they discovered rather quickly that there was a lot of empty wall space, which gave Clint an idea.
He found a blurry image of one of their firefighters fighting a blaze, and he figured it would be a great image to put on a 15’ tall staircase wall. It would be a great way to add some color, but the mural also has another purpose. “Our members have to pass by it every time they start a new shift,” says Greeley. “This is a reminder not only of the dangers we face every day but the responsibility we have to our community.”
One subtle reminder of those dangers is represented on the air bottle. The numbers “343” are imprinted on the SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus), and they stand for the number of firefighters killed at the 9/11 attack.