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Old 04-23-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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any firefighters?

Any firefighters on here and where is your dept?
I'm from waynesville North Carolina
Saunook 1400 fire district

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:37 AM   #2
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No, but since people are always thanking me for my service, let me thank you for yours. You're all heros.....

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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Just tryin to help people out is all but thank you
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Engineer here, kenly, nc. . . . I do it for free.
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Engineer here, kenly, nc. . . . I do it for free.
You guys all volunteer?
That's all our station is there ain't none paid ..it pays off just to help out and have a little fun in the process lol
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You guys all volunteer?
That's all our station is there ain't none paid ..it pays off just to help out and have a little fun in the process lol
Yes ma'am, we have 2 paid firemen there mon-Fri from 8-5. They are career firemen at larger depts like Raleigh. 6 total that rotate for us. I've been in it for 10 years now, if you can name the certification, I got it! We run an average of 800 calls per year. Split right down the middle between fire and medical
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Yes ma'am, we have 2 paid firemen there mon-Fri from 8-5. They are career firemen at larger depts like Raleigh. 6 total that rotate for us. I've been in it for 10 years now, if you can name the certification, I got it! We run an average of 800 calls per years. Split right down the middle between fire and medical
Dang our place is sorta small I have been on for about a year now. We don't have that many fire calls in our little district but we mutual aid with two others. And they usually have some good ones at times we actually had one last night. And one this morning before my dad left for work we went. We ain't got any paid guys all of us live really close to the fd so it takes us a couple of secs to get there. We have 4 first responders which is my boyfriend my dad and his dad and another guy
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:59 AM   #8
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Lexington Ky here. Full time paid, EMS and fire.

About 500 or so operating strength. We are about 60 understaffed now, hiring 2-3 classes in next year. Apply if anyone is interested!
Love it here, put my time in on the ambulance, now off and on an engine.
Been involved in firefighting one way or another since I was 16.
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:01 AM   #9
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My dad is a EMT-I and wants to become a paramedic
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I got my MR a few years ago but now have totally lost interest in the medical side of it
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Wish I had mine since I'm on the fd dad was the only one to answer a call and he had me pulling stuff out of the bag it was fun and interesting at the same time but no class for MR around here right now they are about to do away with it and you go get your emt-b
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Yeah I can bridge over to emt but highly doubt I will. We do have 1 paramedic on our dept but we also house an ambulance unit that is staffed with 1 paramedic and 1 emt 24 hr's a day
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:18 AM   #13
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That's awesome
Do yall have a lot of high rise buildings and stuff there?
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Yeah, funny you ask because we were inspected by DOI last year and we are just below the qualifications that require a ladder truck. But its coming soon I'm afraid!
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And we just bought our second Pierce custom pumper last year. . Only about $400,000 left and its ours!!!! Lol
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We have a 100 foot ladder truck just bought I think maybe a like 2 years ago so its fairly new it was custom we don't have that many high rise buildings but the few we do have its perfect for it its Longer than the dept we mutual aid with theirs is 50 foot or 75 I can't remember
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Yeah I have rappelled off of a 100 ft stick before. I assist in teaching the high angle rescue. That's the stuff I love!
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Yeah I have rappelled off of a 100 ft stick before. I assist in teaching the high angle rescue. That's the stuff I love!
Yeah idk so much about rappelling off of it lol I havent even climbed it yet lol of course I have been down with two knee surgerys three total
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Ouch, yeah I am jst coming off of medical leave from hernia surgery in February
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Oh fun ..this mornin was the first call I have answered in a while its good to be gettin back to doin it again
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Been a volunteer for 13 years. I also am an industrial FF, as I work in a chemical plant, been doing that for 19 years. Really like volunteering, I call it my "hobby", since I don't get paid but I like it. Small town of about 38,000 running over 2,000 EMS calls (I did my EMS stint for 8 years) and about 500 fire calls a year. We call car wrecks, auto alarms, dumpsters and such 'fire' calls.
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Been a volunteer for 13 years. I also am an industrial FF, as I work in a chemical plant, been doing that for 19 years. Really like volunteering, I call it my "hobby", since I don't get paid but I like it. Small town of about 38,000 running over 2,000 EMS calls (I did my EMS stint for 8 years) and about 500 fire calls a year. We call car wrecks, auto alarms, dumpsters and such 'fire' calls.
Wow that's a lot sounds like yall stay busy!!
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Volunteer for 3 years and still going strong love every min of it. I made 2nd lt within 2 years on my engine company. Im up in winsted ct we have one paid guy monday thru friday 8-4. We do anywhere from 750-1000 calls a year. We got 4 engines, a tower truck with 85 ft ladder, and just got a squad last year.
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Was a volunteer for 1 and have been a paid firefighter for 6... I wouldn't even call myself a firefighter... more like an ambulance driver/attendant that has turnout gear. Department I'm with has 3000+ calls a year with 2995 of those being medical. LOL.. In my opinion the fire service went wrong when they took over EMS. This is about the only career I know where you go to school for 16 weeks and use the training for maybe 1 percent of the calls, but then you can go to a night class for 4 weeks and use that training on 99 percent of the calls.

I absolutely HATE the EMS part of the job, HATE the people that have a 100 degree fever, or a cough and decide to call 911 for an ambulance to take them into the hospital, then when you arrive on scene 4 cars are in the driveway, yet their family members seem incapable of taking care of them or taking them into the hospital. HATE running on DRUNK welfare people, HATE running on Spanish speaking only patients that get mad at me because I don't speak Spanish (I look Hispanic). When my mom came to America she didn't have a translator everywhere she went, she learned English. HATE bringing a PT to a packed ER, then placing the PT in triage, the PT gets mad and calls me "racist" because she's not at the top of the Dr.'s list for her cough that she's had for 5 days. HATE running 10 calls a shift with 7 of them being after 8pm and after a full days work at the department. HATE running on a DUI accident where the drunk has no injuries but the other car and occupants are all messed up. Then I have to go to court because the piece of S**T is trying to get out of his 5th DUI. Not to mention the at minimum 1 hour it takes to write each and every report for every single call, and we have to be very descriptive and remember every detail about the call and PT. Follow protocols in order for every single medication we give, or a PT assessment. If we don't do the report well then some lawyer can sue me, take away my license, ruin my life and my families life because some fuck head wants to make a quick dollar. All that so I can make maybe 37k a year (including overtime)which averages out to $12.80 an hour before taxes. Oh but I forgot to add in, if I call in sick or take a vacation day I lose my FLSA which is about 140 per pay period. Yes there are calls that are good, and people actually need an Ambulance, but those are few and far between. Had more fun being a volunteer than being paid. Ohhh, and a lot of people we pick up have not or don't shower and brush their teeth.

Sorry to be a downer but the EMS side ruined it for me. It sucks that it took 6 years to realize it, got burnt out around 4 years of EMS and now I'm 28. I applied for a job at a golf club cutting grass for 9.25 an hour just so I wont be stressed out, dread going on shift, and so I wont hate life because of my job. Even applied to wash cars for Hertz rent a car just because I feel happy reading the job description on the job listing.


Also forgot to mention that I got turned down from renting a house because I make to much money. Apparently making over 24k a year and NOT being on govt assistance disqualifies me from renting some houses.
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Was a volunteer for 1 and have been a paid firefighter for 6... I wouldn't even call myself a firefighter... more like an ambulance driver/attendant that has turnout gear. Department I'm with has 3000+ calls a year with 2995 of those being medical. LOL.. In my opinion the fire service went wrong when they took over EMS. This is about the only career I know where you go to school for 16 weeks and use the training for maybe 1 percent of the calls, but then you can go to a night class for 4 weeks and use that training on 99 percent of the calls.

I absolutely HATE the EMS part of the job, HATE the people that have a 100 degree fever, or a cough and decide to call 911 for an ambulance to take them into the hospital, then when you arrive on scene 4 cars are in the driveway, yet their family members seem incapable of taking care of them or taking them into the hospital. HATE running on DRUNK welfare people, HATE running on Spanish speaking only patients that get mad at me because I don't speak Spanish (I look Hispanic). When my mom came to America she didn't have a translator everywhere she went, she learned English. HATE bringing a PT to a packed ER, then placing the PT in triage, the PT gets mad and calls me "racist" because she's not at the top of the Dr.'s list for her cough that she's had for 5 days. HATE running 10 calls a shift with 7 of them being after 8pm and after a full days work at the department. HATE running on a DUI accident where the drunk has no injuries but the other car and occupants are all messed up. Then I have to go to court because the piece of S**T is trying to get out of his 5th DUI. Not to mention the at minimum 1 hour it takes to write each and every report for every single call, and we have to be very descriptive and remember every detail about the call and PT. Follow protocols in order for every single medication we give, or a PT assessment. If we don't do the report well then some lawyer can sue me, take away my license, ruin my life and my families life because some fuck head wants to make a quick dollar. All that so I can make maybe 37k a year (including overtime)which averages out to $12.80 an hour before taxes. Oh but I forgot to add in, if I call in sick or take a vacation day I lose my FLSA which is about 140 per pay period. Yes there are calls that are good, and people actually need an Ambulance, but those are few and far between. Had more fun being a volunteer than being paid. Ohhh, and a lot of people we pick up have not or don't shower and brush their teeth.

Sorry to be a downer but the EMS side ruined it for me. It sucks that it took 6 years to realize it, got burnt out around 4 years of EMS and now I'm 28. I applied for a job at a golf club cutting grass for 9.25 an hour just so I wont be stressed out, dread going on shift, and so I wont hate life because of my job. Even applied to wash cars for Hertz rent a car just because I feel happy reading the job description on the job listing.

Also forgot to mention that I got turned down from renting a house because I make to much money. Apparently making over 24k a year and NOT being on govt assistance disqualifies me from renting some houses.
Oh goodness, don't be a VSA (Vehicle Service Attendant) for Hertz! If your applying to wash cars at an airport I can assure you it's not something you want to do. Unfortunately hertz is a good rental car company but a terrible one to work for. I work for them as a counter sales representative which is paid a lot more and even so I wouldn't recommend the company. (i work for them until the end of this week when my resignation takes effect). If you want to know more feel free to ask me.
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I use to volunteer. Did it for almost 8 years total. Lots of fun but I ended up crossing over to the blue side 5 years ago.
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Got my EMT certification back in January and am volunteering at a fire station in North Idaho. Looking at getting my advanced and eventually becoming a paramedic! Also looking to take my firefighter I soon.
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If I could get my MR I would be happy I don't want to go 6 months of school after I get out of three months of phlebotomy ..I wanna get my phlebotomy so I can get a job and working at a hospital and tryin to get emt would be a little difficult ...but they have done away with MR its all emt now
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My girlfriend and I have been volunteer FF and EMS for 3 years. We're in a very small town, in a very remote area of New Mexico. The county in which we reside is larger than the entire state of Connecticut in area, yet, with a population of only 3,500 people. Our dept is all volunteer with 14 members. Rated ISO 6 with 2 class A engines, 1 tender, 1 quick-attack, 1 ambulance. The next nearest fire stations are 22 miles away in either direction. The majority of our responses are for mutual aid outside of our district. Because of the urban/wildland conditions where we live, we are all required to be trained in wildland firefighting as well. Structure fires often become wildland fires, and vice versa. The nearest hospital is 80 miles away, which makes for some very challenging ambulance runs, especially in bad weather when the helicopters can't fly. Still, a small price to pay to live out in this beautiful unfettered country.
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My girlfriend and I have been volunteer FF and EMS for 3 years. We're in a very small town, in a very remote area of New Mexico. The county in which we reside is larger than the entire state of Connecticut in area, yet, with a population of only 3,500 people. Our dept is all volunteer with 14 members. Rated ISO 6 with 2 class A engines, 1 tender, 1 quick-attack, 1 ambulance. The next nearest fire stations are 22 miles away in either direction. The majority of our responses are for mutual aid outside of our district. Because of the urban/wildland conditions where we live, we are all required to be trained in wildland firefighting as well. Structure fires often become wildland fires, and vice versa. The nearest hospital is 80 miles away, which makes for some very challenging ambulance runs, especially in bad weather when the helicopters can't fly. Still, a small price to pay to live out in this beautiful unfettered country.
It's always fun when your a couple and on a fire dept together that's where I met my wonderful boyfriend was on the fire dept and we have a blast

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