Dedication, sense of community fuels passion for paid on-call firefighters

Lieutenant Rob Huss explains training that Muskegon County Fire Academy students go through while at a simulated house fire in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Anthony Cooley, 36, an on-call probationary firefighter of the Dalton Township Fire Department, is helped by Zach Boterenbrood, 20, an on-call Cadet of the Norton Shores Fire Department, as he fastens his gear before the two of them enter a simulated house fire as part of their training at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. (Andraya Croft | MLive.com)
Anthony Cooley, 36, an on-call probationary firefighter of the Dalton Township Fire Department, is helped by Zach Boterenbrood, 20, an on-call Cadet of the Norton Shores Fire Department, as he fastens his gear before the two of them enter a simulated house fire as part of their training at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Anthony Cooley, 36, an on-call probationary firefighter of the Dalton Township Fire Department, center, enters a simulated house fire for the first time with his partner, Zach Boterenbrood, 20, an on-call Cadet of the Norton Shores Fire Department, behind, as part of their training at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. (Andraya Croft | MLive.com)
Anthony Cooley, 36, an on-call probationary firefighter of the Dalton Township Fire Department, center, enters a simulated house fire for the first time with his partner, Zach Boterenbrood, 20, an on-call Cadet of the Norton Shores Fire Department, behind, as part of their training at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Lieutenant Rob Huss, right, and Lieutenant Jacob Grabinski, left, discuss the plan of action before ten teams of two enter a smoke filled simulated house fire to conduct searches as part of training at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. The only thing we can create here is the can’t see environment, the problem is this is cold smoke and you don’t get the thermal layers like normal smoke would, said Huss. (Andraya Croft | MLive.com)
Lieutenant Rob Huss, right, and Lieutenant Jacob Grabinski, left, discuss the plan of action before ten teams of two enter a smoke filled simulated house fire to conduct searches as part of training at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. The only thing we can create here is the can’t see environment, the problem is this is cold smoke and you don’t get the thermal layers like normal smoke would, said Huss.
Anthony Cooley, 36, an on-call probationary firefighter of the Dalton Township Fire Department, puts on his gloves blindfolded before entering a garage he has never been into before where Lieutenant Jacob Grabinski, left, will disorient him before going through drills as part of training at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. (Andraya Croft | MLive.com)
Anthony Cooley, 36, an on-call probationary firefighter of the Dalton Township Fire Department, puts on his gloves blindfolded before entering a garage he has never been into before where Lieutenant Jacob Grabinski, left, will disorient him before going through drills as part of training at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Anthony Cooley, 36, an on-call probationary firefighter of the Dalton Township Fire Department, searches for the hose line while blindfolded and disoriented in a garage at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. The hose is connected by a male and female parts, the firefighter, with gloves, has to decipher which end is male which will lead him out of the house. (Andraya Croft | MLive.com)
Anthony Cooley, 36, an on-call probationary firefighter of the Dalton Township Fire Department, searches for the hose line while blindfolded and disoriented in a garage at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. The hose is connected by a male and female parts, the firefighter, with gloves, has to decipher which end is male which will lead him out of the house.
A lamp lights up an area of a smoke filled room in the lower level of a house used by the Muskegon County Fire Academy for training on-call firefighters at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. During the searches all lights were turned off to simulate a more realistic situation for the firefighters as they entered in teams of two. (Andraya Croft | MLive.com)
A lamp lights up an area of a smoke filled room in the lower level of a house used by the Muskegon County Fire Academy for training on-call firefighters at 1325 Ruddiman Drive in North Muskegon Saturday, March 21, 2015. During the searches all lights were turned off to simulate a more realistic situation for the firefighters as they entered in teams of two.
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