Neither Dryden nor Griffith could point to any one Christmas incident over the past several years that sticks out in their minds.
Working on the Christmas holiday can be hard for some employees, Dryden said. And although he has become accustomed to working on Christmas, leaving his family is still not an easy task.
Dryden has a 15-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter. He also has a 2-month-old grandson.
"Just being away from family is hard," he said.
But it was much more difficult to deal with working on Christmas when his children were younger, Dryden added.
"When the kids were younger, it was just harder to break up the routine of Christmas," he said.
Griffith agreed that it was hard for employees to work on Christmas because they do miss their family members.
"Not seeing the family and taking part in the celebration is the hardest part for me," Griffith said.
Firefighters work 24-hour shifts.
So the firefighters working Christmas Eve got off work at 7 a.m. today. A whole new shift came in to work a 24-hour shift starting today at 7 a.m., he said.
However, the firefighters working through the holiday often attempt to organize a Christmas dinner at the stations, Griffith said.
"Nothing is open on Christmas so you can't get food that day," he said. "But the guys try to plan ahead and bring food in."
Dryden acknowledged that there were all types of emergency personnel working on Christmas, including firefighters, medics and police officers.
"I just want to say that we really appreciate what they do," Dryden said.