By Sruti Chitluri, The Daily Princetonian
About a mile away from the University, nestled next to Dependable Cleaners and Tiger Garage, lies the fire station. The building has a brick exterior, interrupted by three large garage doors and the words “Princeton Fire Department” sprawled across its outside. The fire department and the University are uniquely connected through the volunteer firefighter program, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary.
Director of the Department of Emergency and Safety Services for Princeton Bob Gregory was the University’s first fire marshal and was involved in the creation of the program, also known as the Princeton Fire Department Associate Member Program.
According to Deputy University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss, last year, volunteers responded to 185 fire calls.
When asked to describe the typical qualities of a volunteer firefighter, Gregory paused before saying, “It’s in people’s genes. They get the fire bug.”