Firefighter Kerry Price is one of the many first responders in Grayson County — but he is one of the few who works for the North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field Fire Department.

Firefighter Kerry Price is one of the many first responders in Grayson County — but he is one of the few who works for the North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field Fire Department.


At the age of 26, Price already has plenty of professional experience. In addition to his current position, Price has also worked at the Gunter, Whitesboro and Anna Fire Departments, a private EMS company and has taught at the HazCo Fire School since 2007.


Price grew up in Gunter, where his father was the chief of the Gunter Fire Department. Having been around the fire service for much of his life, Price decided to become a firefighter-EMT because he liked what he had observed growing up, and he wanted to help people.


"When you have a family come up and hug your neck because you saved the rest of their house, and the only part that burned up was the attic, that’s a great feeling," Price said.


The main difference between a city fire department and the North Texas Reigional Airport Fire Department is that the latter of the two responds to aircraft emergencies. The North Texas Regional Airport FD responds to 10-15 aircraft emergencies per month, Price said. These calls could be for engine failure, landing gear not deploying correctly, planes overturned by the wind and plane fires.


Another main difference is that the airport FD does not run an ambulance when responding to calls.


Working at an airport fire department requires three extra weeks of training devoted to responding to aircraft emergencies, Price said. The FD also has a truck specifically for responding to aircraft fires called a "crash-truck." The department also carries specialized equipment for responding to aircraft fires. For example, there is a foam called "class B foam" that is specifically designed for putting out fires caused by jet fuel.


Furthermore, the department helps respond to calls around the county in places like Pottsboro and Denison. Of course, they have been called to places around the county for aircraft emergencies.


In addition to his duties as a firefighter, Price also teaches eight classes at HazCo fire school. "Rescue" is his favorite class to teach; and, he is often looking to see what kind of training he can undertake next.


"I’ve always been a training nut," Price said, "Any class I can get in on, I want to do it."


The main thing Price said he enjoys about his job is feeling that he has made a difference in people’s lives. An example of this is an unforgettable call Price responded to in 2007 with the Gunter FD. A woman and her child had been trapped on top of a car in a flood.


"We were trying to get to her and you could see that the vehicle was overturned on its side, and water was rushing by them," Price said.


Firefighters tried using ropes and a jet ski to rescue the woman and child, but the current was too strong. Finally, Price and another firefighter were able to use a bass boat to rescue them.


Price has already accomplished a great deal, and he is not finished. His future plans include working toward promotion and cross-training at a police academy. He hopes to eventually retire as a battalion chief or deputy chief.