“I Come From”: A video poem by female firefighters


[Sirens ringing] — I come from the click of the mic
and the run to the truck — I come from training [Overlapping voices]
— I come from — I come from calls made
and alarm bells sounding — I come floor squeegees and shammies — I come from bunker gear and halogens — I come from a halogen bar — I come from 10 codes — I come from sirens — I come from wheel chocks and PTO switches — I come from a quote/unquote ‘fireman’ — I come from playing the piano to putting out fire — I come from the chaotic sound of a
portable pump and breathing in its exhaust — I come from a large loud red truck — From every dent and broken light on the
trucks before I got there — From untangling hose line and feeding
it though the front door, then finding my crew in the smoky dark — I come from lugging that paddle pack off the truck through three levels of parking garage — I come from training relentlessly to be
as ready as possible to do the impossible — I come from gym equipment — I come from pumping iron — I come from the cutters and spreaders
balanced on my hip like the way I held my child — I come from ill-fitting uniform pants and
wearing the same bra and underwear for 24 hours — I come from independence — From the shadows during a fire — I come from strength — From the colour red — I come from determination — From the station via the truck — I come from I never give up and
push yourself to the limit attitude — From a love of climbing — I come from the kitchen table banter
and mopping floors — Pots and pans rattling over
air brakes and cleaning — A powerful firehouse family — Running to the next unknown — I come from voices and laughter — I come from a moment of muted quiet
into the noise of everything — I come from being one of the first women,
to paving the way for other women — I come from small numbers — I come from Tracy’s big boots — From Jen Pool’s old bunker gear and
the comfort I felt the first day I put it on — I come from a strong group of women — I come from my fire service idol — I come from my mentors — I come from Laura McQuade — I come from Brenda Bergman — I come from Jocelyn, Michelle,
Rose, and Paula — I come from Sandra, Renee, Audrey, and…. — From the first female firefighter
hired in Scarborough — I come from all women in my class — We are firefighters — I come from me — I come from a belief that I am
more than where I come from [Sirens ringing]

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