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Volunteer Firefighting Teaches Valuable Skills

Firefighting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I was always around the firehouse with my family, so it seemed only natural that I would find my way to the service at some point.

As a volunteer firefighter, I have made relationships with the men and women I served with and learned incredible lessons that will last a lifetime. As a firefighter, I fought the natural instinct to run away from fire and instead push strong into burning buildings. I have worked long hours fighting field fires and have spent numerous hours training. I have helped deliver babies and cheated death by resuscitating those on the brink.

Firefighting is more than axes and engines; it is a way of life. It helps you learn to appreciate every moment life offers and see how fragile it can really be.

My time in the fire service has taught me many of the skills I use in my current position with Pekin Insurance. Firefighters spend a great deal of time on building construction so we know how a fire will behave and how to attack it. This knowledge helps me when preparing estimates for damages to homes, regardless of the cause of loss. The time I spent on accident scenes helped me understand and recognize different types of injuries based on the damages to vehicles and point of impact. This correlates directly to dealing with bodily injury claims. The greatest skill I learned is the ability to talk to people during stressful situations and to help them understand what happens next.

As an adjuster, I am given the responsibility to keep the promise, to go Beyond the expected,® and to help our clients through the claims process after the smoke clears, the dust settles, and the emergency personnel go home.

Jessica
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