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Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:39 am
by Jalto27R
Any firefighters here on A.net? I'm a junior at Audubon's Station 1-1, in New Jersey. Hopefully when I turn 18 I'll get into my county's firefighting school, and finish before college starts up. I know I've seen a few pictures of members that were firefighters, so I was interested in how many of you guys are out there. All comments welcome.

Mike

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:48 am
by AsstChiefMark
I'm not a firefighter, but I've been a medic for nearly 27 years. EMS is in charge of rehab at fire scenes and our department responds to all fires, so I've done a fair amount of support services.

Mark

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:11 am
by Jalto27R
Mark,

Completely forgot to ask that too. I would love to be an EMT if my town allowed it.

Mike

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:24 am
by atco2b
From the other side of the pond!

Looking to join the Ambulance Service very soon, hoping to get on a Trainee Paramedic Course in Summer 2006...

Regards,
Tom

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:56 am
by air2gxs
I was a firefighter/EMT when I lived in Ky. I volunteered for my local, medium sized combination fire department. When I resigned, I was a command qualified captain. I rode as battalion chief ever 4th week.

It was (is) an experience I will never forget and miss more than I thought I could miss anything. The area I live in has fully paid fire departments. So, I wait until I can move into another area where I can join up and work my way through the ranks again. Of course, I may be too old by then.

Any questions, feel free to ask.

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:04 pm
by AC777LR
I have trained a few firefighters on driving trucks for the City of Waterloo at one time. I have concidered becoming a full fledge fire fighter for my local region, I know here in Canada they pay is much highter then in the USA for FFs.

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:13 pm
by FlyingTexan
There was an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal last year bad-mouthing the LVFD. Some high seniority FFs make over 100k per year (with ample overtime).

There was one follow up letter to the editor also saying how dare FFs make that much.

My take: Shit, if they run into burning buildings, they deserve 100k.

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 2:10 pm
by JFKspotter
I'm a firefighter/EMT w/ an all volunteer dept. here on Long Island in NY. We operate out of two stations with an E-One engine, two brand new, 2005 Seagrave quints, and an E-One tower ladder, as well as two EMS first responder vehicles. We share an ALS ambulance with a neighboring dept.

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 4:29 pm
by magnetass
FF/Medic, Houston area....spent a spell in Iraq working for the worst, most corrupt and completely inept organization on earth.....no not the CIA, Wackenhut services, as a FF at Balad AB.

Now back to the ol' grind serving the ingrates and system abusers who make a tough job damned near impossible.

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 6:47 pm
by Delta767300ER
I am about to join one of the local volunteer fire dept's here in Florida. I dunno how it is in other places, but down here you dont have to be certified in Firefighter 1 or 2 to be a volunteer. The VFD will pay for your certification, however you cant enter the "hot zone" unless your certified. They will also pay for Firefighter 2. I plan to do both certifications which will also compliment my Law Enforcement Standards.

-Delta767300ER

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:57 pm
by IwantaBBJ
Volunteer firefighter since 1992... In fact, I had an alert this morning and was on duty until 30 minutes ago, due to severe flooding in my village... 5 houses had been hit hart and you are so helpless when that water pushes in... You're speechless when you stand in someone's livingroom with water up to your a..

Water went down a few centimeters and some of us were sent home, but there's more water supposed to come in later tonight and then the phone will ring again...

Mike

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:07 pm
by flyAUA
Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
Any firefighters here on A.net?

Let me know once you have found out...

Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
I've seen a few pictures of members that were firefighters

... Oh yeah, and feel free to show me those Big grin

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:34 pm
by Sabena332
Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
Any firefighters here on A.net?

Yes, as a moderator I have to deal with flames every day.  Wink

By the way, here in Germany is it usually so that all volunteer firefighters are alcoholics, it that a worldwide occurrence or a special German thing?

Patrick

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2005 11:40 pm
by IwantaBBJ
Alcaholics? *hicks*

Never heard of that  Wink

Mike

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:01 am
by Capital146
My brother is a firefighter and has been for around 7 or 8 years now.

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:02 am
by pilot kaz
Quoting Capital146 (Reply 14):

shouldn't you be at work?

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:31 am
by Capital146
Quoting Pilot kaz (Reply 15):
shouldn't you be at work?

Like that ever stops 90% of people on here from posting? However, you realised I am a good boy and that being at work means.......I am paid to work! My excuse is that I am on holiday this week. Big grin

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:46 am
by MD11Engineer
Almost for 20 years volunteer in a heavy rescue platoon of the Technisches Hilfswerk (technical aid service) of the German federal civil defense. Our main job (back during cold war) was to locate and rescue people from collapsed buildings after air raids and to restore the vital infrastructure (roads, bridges, water, gas, sewage, electricity mains, plus providing emergency communications (more a job of our signals units), using military style engineering equipment, but, being non-combatants in accordance with the Geneva convention, without weapons. During peace time we assist the fire brigade in big disasters (wild fires, floods etc.). Also our NBC decontamination units help a lot during hazmat accidents, using their equipment to decontaminate areas. Our organisation also had units to provide emergency housing (tentage, camp beds) and food (field kitchens) for displaced people.

www.THW.bund.de

Jan

RE: Firefighters?

Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2005 4:24 am
by Jalto27R
Quoting FlyAUA (Reply 11):
Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
Any firefighters here on A.net?

Let me know once you have found out...

I think they've done it for me.


Quoting Jalto27R (Thread starter):
I've seen a few pictures of members that were firefighters

... Oh yeah, and feel free to show me those

I'd be going through the archived Self-Picture threads for days.

Quoting IwantaBBJ (Reply 13):
By the way, here in Germany is it usually so that all volunteer firefighters are alcoholics, it that a worldwide occurrence or a special German thing?

Hehe...I would like to think that's an "international" sorta thing  Wink

Mike