The Lisle-Woodridge Fire Department recently hosted a firefighter more used to fire service several thousand miles away from the Village—in Poland, where the fire services are nationalized and separate from emergency services—to give him a taste of the U.S. style of fire protection, the Suburban Life reports.
According to the paper, 23-year-old Maciej “Mike” Mazurkiewicz spent three days with Lisle-Woodridge, including going out on a few routine calls and taking some paramedic training about toxic gases; Mazurkiewicz, a student at Warsaw’s Main School of Fire Service, is doing a 30-day tour of Chicago-area fire departments.
“It’s important to see the culture,” Mazurkiewicz, who is interested in fire service at an international level, told the paper. “I like America. I really enjoyed it and appreciate this opportunity.
“The importance of this job is obvious… We’re the only formation who saves people from accidents or fires. I really like when people see the fire departments and know we’re there to help.”