They're the ones we call to rescue us in an emergency, but there's another side to the King County firefighters, and it shines every year around St. Patrick's Day.

The pipes and drums are a tradition in the fire service.

"It's nice to be able to support the family when they've lost somebody and honor the service member," said Lt. Ron McOsker, Eastside Fire & Rescue

"Everybody in my engine company is in the band, also my boss and the two drivers," said Kyle Walior, Fireman Engine Company 83. "Every day, I get to go to work with my best friends. I get to come to band practice with my best friends. We get to come and do some pretty fun stuff."

Many of the band members had no previous musical experience.

"I'm still just faking it!" Walior said with a laugh.

"For what they lack in talent, they make up for in passion," bagpipe instructor Neil Hubbard joked. "Oops! Did I say that?"

"We get really close, especially on St. Patrick's Day when we're stuck together for 12 hours," said Mike Mihata, Bellevue firefighter.

"It's kinda like being a rock star for 12 hours. It's a good feeling."

The band will be doing a pub crawl on St. Patrick's Day. The will be at locations around the Eastside. More information on