Flame is a ginger-and-white cat who walked up to a fire station in Greenville, South Carolina, two years ago and never left. He’s been burning up the internet ever since.
As an only weeks-old kitten, he ingratiated himself right away with the firefighters at the Belmont Fire House. They made sure the captain approved.
“I came in one day and I saw the guys playing with this kitten,” Fire Chief Anthony Segars told The Greenville News. “So I asked the guys, ‘Why is the cat here?’ And they told me, ‘He lives here now.’ ”
What made this cat a firefighter keeper? Flame pulled his own weight and stayed true to his cat-ness while doing it. Other cats looking to land a firehouse position of their own should take note and follow these steps:
1. Get Comfortable With The Equipment.
Flame feels right at home aboard any of the (parked) fire trucks, including the giant hook-and-ladder vehicles.
2. Make Yourself Useful.
While Flame mostly contributes by boosting morale, here he is clearly helping with some truck maintenance.
3. Continue To Cat.
Truck comfort: check. Equipment maintenance: check. Attacking things dangling in front of you: check, check and triple check.
4. Keep A Low Profile When Needed.
Fire stations are busy places. When people are on the go, you might have to stay out of the way.
5. Learn To Hang.
Between calls, things might be slow. Be a member of the team who can kick it with the rest of the crew.
6. Take A Place At The Table.
Lean in, Flame.
7. Up Your Comfort With Water.
There will be a lot of water on the job. Get used to it.
Flame holds himself to high standards and it pays off.
9. Eat, Breathe And Sleep Fire Trucks.
Flame is all about the Belmont Fire Station, in every part of his life. Rest up, you hard worker!