Jason J. Martin from Nightwatch

Jason J. Martin

New Orleans Police Department: Suppression

Why I Decided to Become a Firefighter

I started off wanting to go to college for a degree in business. I attended the University of New Orleans for a year and realized it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t see myself working a 9 to 5 job sitting behind a desk so I quit college and went to work for UPS. But I always has a feeling in the back of my mind that I was going to follow in my dad’s footsteps and become a fireman, so I applied to our community college seeking a degree in fire science. I took the test and after two years of waiting I was in rookie school with the NOFD. As a kid I can remember my dad coming home from work smelling like smoke and thinking how cool it was that “dad was in a fire last night.” He was my hero! I grew up watching my dad work several jobs on his days off from the fire house just to make ends meet so I knew I would never get rich doing this, but if it was good enough for him, somehow it would be good enough for me. The rewards at times are better than any paycheck. There is no better feeling than helping someone who has no other chance in life except you.

Facts About My Day-to-Day

You never know what you are going to walk into. Some of the calls we make are just so bizarre you leave asking yourself what just happened!

What I Love About My Job

The thing I love most about being a captain of squrt 16 is that I have the opportunity to lead such an awesome crew. I have never been shown so much respect from anyone as they show me. I’m so grateful and proud of each and every one of them. They are eager to learn and accept my harsh criticism. Being a captain doesn’t mean you deserve respect, you have to earn it. We all learn from each other and grow every day to become better at what we do.


I really don’t have time for hobbies because when I’m off from the fire department I’m a full-time commercial crab fisherman, which takes up most of my free time. When I’m not crabbing I enjoy spending time with my family and watching my little girl grow.