As a fifth-generation firefighter, one could say Michael Allison’s profession is in his genes. Not only were his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and so on firefighters, but both of his brothers and several members of his extended family are (or were) firefighters as well.

As a fifth-generation firefighter, one could say Michael Allison’s profession is in his genes. Not only were his father, grandfather, great-grandfather and so on firefighters, but both of his brothers and several members of his extended family are (or were) firefighters as well.


"It’s just kind of what we do," Allison said, who has worked for the Denison Fire Department for nearly five years.


After growing up in Collinsville, Allison attended Haz-Co Emergency Response Training School (at Grayson County Airport). He then worked for private EMS companies until starting at the Denison Fire Department in January of 2009.


Staying local when finding a job was important to Allison. One of the main reasons for wanting to work at the Denison Fire Department, he said, was that others who work there have 30 or more years of experience.


Allison stressed how important having experience and learning from the experience of others is. He also described "tradition," "duty" and "the need to help people" as part of the job.


"I’m 19 years old and I was walking into houses where terrible things had happened," Allison said, "It’s a lot of responsibility for someone that young. … And that’s why I tell people you’ve got to really want to do it. Because I’m walking in at 19 years old and people who are significantly older than me, people that I know, are looking to me. They’re looking to me to handle the situation, whether it be very minor or a very big deal."


Today, Allison plans on working toward promotion and eventually retiring from the Denison Fire Department.


While Allison speaks highly of being a firefighter, he said the worst part of the job is being away from his family, which consists of his wife and two young daughters. When he’s not working, during the summer he enjoys going out on his boat in Lake Texoma with his family. And during the winter, "we just sit around and wait for summer, I guess," he said.