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Where I Work: Rye Fire Department’s Andy Northshield

Where I Work showcases people who work in Rye. The feature is inspired in part by exploring how the pandemic has impacted our work environment and part by wanting to understand how and where people work inside the City of Rye.

Today we meet fireman Andy Northshield.

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(PHOTO: Northshield in the firehouse (left) with now retired Firefighter Todd Barnum.)

Your Name: Andrew Northshield

Your Company: City Of Rye Fire Department

MyRye.com: What do you do?

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(PHOTO: Andy Northshield’s Rye office.)

Northshield: I have been a firefighter with the department since February of 2003. As a firefighter in our department I am responsible for one apparatus (either one of our two engines or our ladder) and the equipment on that apparatus. Our responsibilities are to drive and operate the equipment, as well as to mitigate whatever emergency we happen to be called for. There are myriad types of calls we respond to, including fires, floods, gas leaks, children locked in cars, assists to both Rye Police and EMS, the occasional train derailment, and a host of other hazards.

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(PHOTO: Andy Northshield’s office chair.)

Where do you work?

Northshield: Our department has two separate firehouses, Headquarters at 15 Locust Avenue and Milton at 560 Milton Road. I, along with my fellow firefighters, don’t have a desk as such, but I guess the closest thing would be the apparatus itself.

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(PHOTO: Office oxygen tank.)

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Describe your desk and office.

Northshield:  Keeping with the desk/office analogy, I don’t have any pictures of my wife and three daughters, no plaques, diplomas or awards adorning any walls.  I do have a four-gas meter, binder with running cards, air packs, axes, saws, hoses, ladders, etc…. I guess my office is pretty standard, as far as firetruck offices go.

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(PHOTO: Northshield’s office)

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