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John Tapley Ingersoll Times It?s likely possible to figure out how many fires Don Wright helped put out over the past 32 years. There are records for that. What?s impossible to know is how many fires never happened because of the countless safety talks and programs he brought to people ? from children to seniors ? in that same time. Deputy Chief with Ingersoll Fire and Emergency Services, Wright worked his last shift on Tuesday, July 19, before turning in his pager and heading into retirement. Everything from firefighter training and equipment to hiring practices are vastly different from what they were three decades ago, Wright said. An emphasis on public fire safety education is also one of the key changes he has seen. ?I?ll miss the (safety) talks,? he said while sitting at his desk as well wishers dropped in to the fire station to offer their congratulations. Wright joined the fire service as a volunteer in 1984 after receiving a call from his brother-in-law who was a volunteer firefighter in Ingersoll. ?He would always talk about what it was like to be a volunteer,? Wright said. ?And one day he called and said ?we?re looking for somebody.?? He said he decided to apply to become a volunteer firefighter at 25 years old because he felt it was ?about time to put something back into the community and do something for people.? At the time there wasn?t the intensive interview and selection process that exists today and Wright said after putting his name forward he simply received a phone call telling him he was in. He still remembers the first time he went inside a burning building. Wright said there was heavy smoke coming out of the Carnegie Street home as he put his breathing apparatus on. ?I walked in three or four feet and couldn?t see my hand in front of my face,? he said. ?It was intimidating.? Going into a fire never becomes routine, but

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