\u00a0With four boys and three girls, conversations have changed from hoses to highchairs. The running joke is, don\u0027t drink the water at the station.\u00a0\"Everybody asked, was it a pact. Actually nobody even talked about it,\" said Blake Smith.\u00a0Some of the dads are already back at work and have a new perspective on the calls they respond to.\u00a0\"I\u0027m a lot more empathetic about somebody else\u0027s child than I used to be prior to having my son,\" said Peter Martin.\u00a0It\u0027s a striking difference from the men Chief Byron Prather first hired.<\/p>

\"They have a lot of responsibility already and I think with this responsibility here it will make them better people and make them better people,\" he said.\u00a0The people of Opelika are sharing in the excitement, as both mom and dad learn their new roles.\u00a0\"Everybody\u0027s going through the same, so it\u0027s cool to have a huge support system,\" said Amanda Swatt.\u00a0\u00a0Fighting fires may have brought these men together, but raising babies will bond their families for life.<\/p><\/body>","alternativeHeadline":"7 firefighters at the same fire house welcome newborns within months","video":{"@context":"https:\/\/schema.org","@type":"VideoObject","mainEntityOfPage":{"@type":"WebPage","@id":"https:\/\/www.dickribas.com\/video\/7-firefighters-at-same-alabama-fire-house-welcome-newborns-within-months\/"},"name":"7 firefighters at same Alabama fire house welcome newborns within months","description":"A group of firefighters at the same fire house in Opelika, Alabama, all welcomed new babies within just a few months. Five of them are first-time fathers. Mireya Villarreal shares their story.","thumbnail":{"@context":"https:\/\/schema.org","@type":"ImageObject","height":630,"width":1200,"url":"https:\/\/cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com\/hub\/i\/r\/2019\/12\/20\/143b7d07-336f-4d1d-b3b3-cfe34770f1bc\/thumbnail\/1200x630\/9d64027c18780ceeec517699c850cfc8\/1219-en-firefighterbabies-villareal-1996949-640x360.jpg"},"thumbnailUrl":"https:\/\/cbsnews2.cbsistatic.com\/hub\/i\/r\/2019\/12\/20\/143b7d07-336f-4d1d-b3b3-cfe34770f1bc\/thumbnail\/1200x630\/9d64027c18780ceeec517699c850cfc8\/1219-en-firefighterbabies-villareal-1996949-640x360.jpg","uploadDate":"2019-12-19T23:54:00+0000","contentUrl":null,"publisher":{"@context":"https:\/\/schema.org","@id":"https:\/\/www.dickribas.com\/","@type":"Organization","name":"CBS News","foundingDate":"1927-09-18","sameAs":["https:\/\/www.dickribas.com\/","https:\/\/www.facebook.com\/CBSNews","https:\/\/instagram.com\/cbsnews","https:\/\/twitter.com\/CBSNews","http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/user\/CBSNewsOnline","https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/CBS_News"],"logo":{"@type":"ImageObject","url":"https:\/\/cbsnews4.cbsistatic.com\/fly\/bundles\/cbsnewscore\/images\/standalone\/cbsnews-logo-600x60.png","width":600,"height":60},"url":"https:\/\/www.dickribas.com\/"},"duration":"PT0H01M56S","embedUrl":"https:\/\/www.dickribas.com\/video\/7-firefighters-at-same-alabama-fire-house-welcome-newborns-within-months\/?embed=1"}}

7 firefighters at the same Alabama fire house welcome newborns within months

7 firefighters welcome newborns

Opelika, Alabama — It'd be easy to think Opelika, Alabama is a sleepy southern town, until you meet the sleep deprived firefighters of Fire Station 1. Seven firefighters have had babies born in the last four months, and most are first-time fathers.
 
With four boys and three girls, conversations have changed from hoses to highchairs. The running joke is, don't drink the water at the station.
 
"Everybody asked, was it a pact. Actually nobody even talked about it," said Blake Smith.
 
Some of the dads are already back at work and have a new perspective on the calls they respond to.
 
"I'm a lot more empathetic about somebody else's child than I used to be prior to having my son," said Peter Martin.
 
It's a striking difference from the men Chief Byron Prather first hired.

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Seven firefighters in Opelika, Alabama have welcomed babies within just a few months of each other. CBS News

"They have a lot of responsibility already and I think with this responsibility here it will make them better people and make them better people," he said.
 
The people of Opelika are sharing in the excitement, as both mom and dad learn their new roles.
 
"Everybody's going through the same, so it's cool to have a huge support system," said Amanda Swatt. 
 
Fighting fires may have brought these men together, but raising babies will bond their families for life.

  • Mireya Villarreal

    Mireya Villarreal is a CBS News correspondent.

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