"We're there to save lives and protect property and that's our major goal," Curl said.
Sam Wenger has been a firefighter in various capacities for nearly 40 years and is still a volunteer for the Gillette-Campbell County Fire Department.
"About 20 years ago, when we had our meetings and yearly picnic, we were allowed to have alcohol. Now there's none at all in any of the buildings. And it was never allowed out on the fire (scene) at all." Even 20 years ago, firefighters knew that if they were drinking, they couldn't respond to a fire call, Wenger said.
"Because that would jeopardize your sense of everything," he said.
Gillette-Campbell County Fire Department Chief Gary Scott said the department's alcohol policy is still very clear: "If you've been drinking, don't show up to a fire call," he said.
The policy attempts to draw a very bold line between a firefighter's personal life off-duty and his professional life at the department. If a firefighter goes out for the evening to a drinking establishment, he is not allowed to display the fire department's name or insignia on a cap, T-shirt, jacket or anything else, he said.