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Profile: Jane Hutchison, F.H. Fire Department

Jane Hutchison, Town of Friday Harbor firefighter. - Contributed photo
Jane Hutchison, Town of Friday Harbor firefighter.
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Name: Jane Hutchison

From: Born in Minnesota, raised in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and lived in Friday Harbor for 22-plus years.

Family and pets on the island: I have two sons (twins) both grown.

Favorite food: Chocolate, mochas, pizza and beer. I’m supposed to say vegetables and fruit since I am a workout maniac and watch my diet, but those go without saying.

Favorite music: Anything I can work out to or relax to.

Hobbies: Working out, swimming, biking and running (mainly); with skiing, kayaking, river rafting, hiking thrown in; with skydiving, zip line, rock climbing and possibly the Iditarod being contemplated.

Career: 20-plus years in the legal field and four months in the fitness-health field.

How you ended up in Friday Harbor: I wanted to experience the ocean and sail, met someone who liked both and we traveled western Washington until we found Friday Harbor. We lived in and around sailboats for several years in Friday Harbor, dreamed of a passage to Hawaii, but then bought property, built a home and end of story.

Why you like it here: I love my friends, the community and the beauty of the islands, plus getting off this rock via the ferry is difficult so I stay put except for traveling to triathlon events. Thinking about living elsewhere is hard to imagine. People will help you in a heartbeat.

Position in fire department: Firefighter.

Why you joined: I joined because I have often wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter, to learn to fight fires, and to help others affected by fire, plus I wanted to climb the aerial ladder on Engine 7.

Why you like being a firefighter: I like learning about fire safety, helping others, the camaraderie in the fire department and climbing the aerial ladder on Engine 7.

Most exciting thing about the department: Climbing the aerial ladder on Engine 7 and fighting fires.

Hardest skill to master in the department: All aspects of firefighting have been challenging (in a good way) but handling the large hose, chain saws and other equipment have been physically challenging due to my size and strength.

Other volunteer work: I have volunteered at Friday Harbor Elementary School two to three times a week for the past several years, helping children read and write.

Closing thoughts: Friends and family are key to your happiness: hold them tight when you can and keep them in your thoughts, especially children!

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