How Emporia fire's newest captain worked his way up the ladder

EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) - Captain Greg Davis felt a call to firefighting at a very young age.

“Growing up as a kid everybody likes to see the fire trucks go down the street. You know, lights and sirens, but it was more than that to me,” he said.

“I grew up in a town 20 miles west of here in Chase County, I lived in Strong City. My dad was the fire chief for the volunteer fire department over there. So ever since I was little, I was brought up around fire trucks and knew this is what I wanted to do.”

Davis started fighting fires as soon as he was old enough, working alongside his dad before coming to Emporia.

“The two of us, being able to do that kind of stuff together is really big to me … I started volunteer right out of high school … I mean just being able to spend that time around with my father was huge,” he said.

Davis worked his way up in the Emporia Fire Department – just recently earning the rank of captain after serving as a lieutenant for over a year.

“It's going to be a change of pace for me but, like I said, all of these years, these eight, nine, ten years I've had in the fire service ,they've helped me prepare,” he said.

As a captain his roles have shifted – he’s in charge of making sure everyone is prepared – making sure every piece of kit and every truck is ready to roll on a moment’s notice.

“I sit in the front passenger seat of the engine behind me here … it's a great department, we get to do everything. You know, some of the bigger cities they just strictly run fire, or they just strictly run ems, but we get to do it all,” he said.

Davis says his career is far from over.

“My next few years are just going to be, you know trying to better myself as a captain, and better the guys of the emporia fire department … I'll do it as long as my body will let me,” he said.

“There's not a better job in the world. This is where I want to be.”