During major national emergencies, a Syracuse firefighter is on the frontline

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - A common thread ties the Flint water crisis, 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and recent hurricanes all back to Syracuse. 

Tim Gleeson works for the city as a Fire Captain, but when major emergencies happen across the United States, he's employed by the federal government as a member of an Incident Response Coordination team. 

"To be able to respond to a community when truly they are in need- and we've seen that in unprecedented ways this year- there's a lot of reward in that," Captain Gleeson said. 

Gleeson got the job after wanting to work with disaster relief efforts. He's been involved for the past four years. 

"It does effect you when you see people who have true need," Gleeson said. "But you also get to see resilience too. And there's faith in that. You see people coming together. You see people do right by other people. And you see communities put themselves back together." 

Gleeson said his work nationally has helped him bring back ideas to prepare Syracuse if similar events were to happen in Central New York. 


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