Monitoring the Iron Bowl from work

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

Birmingham, AL (WBRC) - There were Alabama and Auburn fans who watched the Iron Bowl while balancing work and play.

Birmingham firefighters at Station 3 gathered around their TV to watch the game, but listened to dispatch to make sure they didn't miss any fire calls.  They had to rush out several times during the first half, but made the most of it.

"At any moment you will have to go out the door," said Capt. Gene Coleman, "We've got stuff going on through the city everyday, and if the tone goes off or printer goes off, we go out the door."

The crew at the station consisted of an Auburn fan outnumbered by several Alabama fans, which made for some lopsided, but interesting conversation.
"It's been very hostile," said Auburn fan J.D. McCormick, "I'm used to it. I'm used to being out numbered all my life.  If you're an Auburn fan in this area that's how it is."

While firefighters say they would rather watch the game at home, they know they often have to make sacrifices because of their jobs.

"All my family is at home watching TV," said Lt. Tommy White. "I would like to be at home with my boy, but these are the next guys I would like to watch it with."

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