STB: Full time firefighter spends off days part time at another department

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- When Brian Flott is not working at Topeka Fire, he spends his off days at Soldier Township Fire. Flott is a full time apparatus operator at the TFD and a Captain at STFD.

"It’s the best job in the whole world,” Flott said. “If you take care of it, it will take care of you."

Flott grew up across the street from a fire station and when the siren would go off, his curiosity would take over.

"For the longest time, I would try to ride my bicycle and keep up with them,” Flott said. “I was always curious of what they were going to do.”

Flott's father was also a firefighter and he got his own start in 1994, signing up for the Topeka Fire Department Explorer Program. A decade later, he joined Soldier Township Fire part time and signed on full-time with the City of Topeka a year after that.

His work as an apparatus operator in Topeka, gives him knowledge he can pass on to Soldier.

"We have more access to technical training,” Flott said. “I’m able to learn that in Topeka and bring it up here and spread that knowledge."

Likewise, his leadership role in the rural department gives him tools to use in the city.

"Soldier Township has sent me through higher learning and advanced education classes,” Flott said. “That also helps me in Topeka, it help will my career when I start making officer positions there one day."

With all the firefighter work Flott credits his wife for helping maintain a balance.

"My wife is a saint for being able to deal with the juggling of us running calls on our days off," Flott said.

His children have also enjoyed the fire station as he did when he was a child. Recently, his 21 year old daughter gave him a surprise.

"It was probably one of my proudest father moments, when she told me that she actually wanted to become a firefighter,” Flott said. “Hearing her say that and want to follow in her dad’s and grandpa's footsteps, was one of the proudest moments of my life."

Flott said he finds stress relief with his younger daughter's softball team, where as an assistant coach he is putting out smaller fires on the diamond.