February 12, 2006
Burning support
Firefighters cheering for co-worker
SARAH KENNEDY -- Calgary Sun

He knows what to do in a fire and now the men at No. 13 station will be watching to see how Duff Gibson handles himself on ice.

The 39-year-old firefighter is taking a break from his day job to compete in the men's skeleton, an event where competitors speed headlong on sleds at 130 km/h on a curved track of ice, at this year's Olympics in Turin, Italy.

And although his participation and training has meant the guys in his station have had to pick up extra shifts for the last three months, Gibson has also made watching the Olympics a lot more exciting, said firefighter Kelly Wanvig.

"We were all just watching the Olympics this morning," said Wanvig from the station, located near Calgary International Airport.

"Stuff you normally don't watch we've started watching because of Duff's involvement."

The guys have learned more about the skeleton event and Wanvig said they'll all be watching on Feb. 17, to see how Gibson places.