337: What city do you live in?
Bruchez: St. Martinville
337: What emergency service do you work for?
Bruchez: I am an engineer and driver for the Lafayette Fire Department.
337: Do you work elsewhere?
Bruchez: Yes, I teach jiujitsu at Gladiator’s Academy.
337: What do you love about being a fireman?
Bruchez: Being able to help others in need. The most memorable moments that I will never forget is when I saved a baby’s life who was choking as well as helping all the people during the August flood.
337: If you could give one piece of safety advice to the public, what would it be?
Bruchez: Change the batteries in your smoke alarms more than once a year.
337: What would you tell someone interested in following in your footsteps?
Bruchez: Make sure you are in physical shape. It is more of a physically demanding job than people realize. Many fail our agility test before being hired and do not realize how heavy our equipment is.
337: Tell us about your family.
Bruchez: I have a wife and two boys, ages 5 and 2. Without their support I wouldn’t be able to do this job.
337: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
Bruchez: I fear heights. As a fireman, climbing on top of roofs (which is very common for us) is the most terrifying thing for me on the job. If you see a group of firemen on top of roof and one is crouching down, that is me!