Ashley Wolfe from Nightwatch

Ashley Wolfe

New Orleans Police Department: Suppression

Why I Decided to Become a Firefighter

I’d like to say that becoming a firefighter was a life-long ambition, but that’s not exactly true. The seed was probably planted 14 years ago during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Like millions of other Americans who watched helplessly from their televisions, I was incredibly inspired and moved by the FDNY’s selfless dedication to not only their city, but to their country.

Several years later, I put in an application to the New Orleans Fire Department. I went through the hiring process and fumbled my way through training school. Within a few weeks out in the field, I was lucky enough to experience my first fire with a 30 year veteran captain. It was while working with this captain that I legitimately decided I wanted to be a firefighter. I realized then that being a firefighter was not just a job, but an authentic craft that I eagerly wanted to pursue.


Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, reading, listening to and playing music, specifically the acoustic guitar and bagpipes with the New Orleans Pipes and Drums.