When I first started the Flames series with Flames of Redemption, I created the city of Crystal Glen and its paid fire department. What I’ve always known, though, are volunteer departments. And earlier this year, I decided I wanted to write something that focused on them. I want sure exactly how I was going to work this in. Then, Nolan (I was working on his story about that time) stayed talking to me about his brothers. And sister (sorry, Jess, didn’t mean to leave you out). It turns out his father, two of his brothers, and his sister are all firefighters with the town’s volunteer department. His other brother is involved with the department as well, though not as a firefighter.
The volunteer department does show up a few times in Flames of Restoration. I may work them into some of the earlier stories as well. And I’ll be fleshing the department out some more as well. So far, I think, besides the Hunter Family, we only know about the chief. Well, there is one other, too, but can’t say much about him without spoilers to the first book in this series.
Fred Mertz used to be with Crystal Glen’s paid department. Then he started having some health issues. It was bad enough that he couldn’t handle the long shifts and other stresses of being a full time firefighter. Instead, he joined the volunteer department and after a couple years was voted in as fire chief. His daughter is a paramedic with the paid fire department(and her story will be coming at some point, too).
The volunteer department will have quite a variety of people making it up, although I don’t know how many of them will actually make it on the page.