Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Perhaps it is the oversized, glistening pieces of equipment, the lure of sliding down a pole as alarms sound or the promise of a life less ordinary, but at some point almost everyone has wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter. Members of the community were invited to have lunch with Irving Fire Department’s Interim Chief Victor Conley at Glory House Bistro on July 19 to find out more about what the fire department and its staff does.
A 28 year veteran of the department, Conley began fighting fires out of Fire Station 4 located at 3303 N. MacArthur. As a young fireman, he was required to ride on the outside of the fire truck, standing on a tailboard and hanging onto the back.
“Nowadays it is safety, safety, safety, and I support it 100 percent; because I’ve seen the other side,” Conley said. “The challenge was, the driver was trying to throw you off of the tailboard. Nowadays we have to be inside a cab, sitting in a seat with our seatbelt on. We’ve come a long way for the good.
“Right now our current save rate based on the Dallas County Appraisal District; we save 91.59 percent of the property, which is outstanding. Our response times are also under the national standard."