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05-20-2014 12:04 PM
tazz888 Volunteer FF/EMT-B for 10 years in North Haven CT. We are a split dept with 32 carrer at HQ and around 90 volunteers at the 3 other companies.
05-18-2014 10:22 PM
Chriscoe Well since i'm around firemen all the time..... I'm the police
05-18-2014 10:10 PM
ncff north carolina ......volly ff1&2 , EMT-B , Rescue/recovery Diver
all for the experience and to help out others
01-27-2014 04:45 PM
Vette man
Retired Fire Dept

Worked 28 years Glendale Ca. Started as LA COUNTY flew in helicopters to brush fires. Retired from Glendale 10 years ago was Engineer and then ran the Arson Bomb Explosive unit . Now live in Co. with about 1/10th the people.
01-27-2014 04:00 PM
fireron Fire Captain, 28 years.
01-27-2014 03:55 PM
KodiakMoore Firefighter/EMT for Fire District 5, Skagit County, WA for 2 years now
07-19-2013 10:44 AM
PAFirefighter11 Former myself. Ran from '99-06. Have a bad stomach now so I can't really run. Just moved and will prob. join the local station as a photog. That'll keep me busy at least. Me being a wacker back in the early 2000's:
07-19-2013 10:33 AM
Valentim Career and Volunteer Fire/Emt here in central CT
07-13-2013 03:41 PM
BlueRidgeYJ http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A8-vRFX...%3DA8-vRFXKilc
^ says it better than I can.
07-13-2013 08:35 AM
CTfirefighter 25 years on a small rural Vol dept here in CT
07-12-2013 11:53 PM
Chrispy Vol. Firefighter/EMT/Heavy Rescue, for 15 years, now retired.
07-10-2013 08:31 PM
xracer128 Firefighter Specialist/EMT-B 30 years Retired 2007...
07-10-2013 08:26 PM
Beastmaster Firefighter/Engineer/EMT was my first career many years ago.

To all: Thank you for your service.

07-09-2013 09:11 PM
Policek9 20 years Fire/Ems Heavy Rescue, 11 years At the PD .... Trying to make it to retirement.
07-09-2013 03:10 AM
FIREMEDIC82 Volunteer Firefighter for 4 years, EMT-Basic for 2 years.
On a small department of 20 members in a small town nobody has ever heard of.
Granville Massachusetts. Look it up!
Massachusetts "G"

Scroll Down the page and you can see our apparatus.
07-06-2013 06:16 PM
myquite Fire/medic career here.
07-06-2013 12:27 AM
907farmer Volunteer Firefighter 2, Wild-land firefighter 1, EMT1, going on 4 years.
07-05-2013 11:26 PM
silver rubi Volunteer Firefighter / EMT-B for 9 years. (Currently working on Paramedic)
Chesterfield, Virginia.
07-05-2013 10:51 PM
deanp Firefighter/EMT here, been on the job for 23 years.
06-27-2013 06:28 PM
Dan216 EMT here! I'm 19 so just a volunteer for right now. Plan on taking my advanced EMT in the upcoming fall and firefighter I.

Eventually going to go to paramedic school.

I'm from North Idaho.
06-21-2013 01:33 PM
fjnardo Firefighter/Paramedic here!

Fulltime for last 15 years
06-21-2013 01:02 PM
brad98tj I am not a firefighter yet I plan on taking my fire I and II as soon as I can. I'm 18 and I just graduated high school but I already have my emt. And I work at a big volunteer fire dept. It is a really nice place. I love working there and being an emt I feel like everyday I work I can make a difference in somebody's life and it feels good. We may still have to deal with the annoying drunk calls or whatever but I still feel like I make a difference.
04-25-2013 02:50 PM
Firefighterchick
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Originally Posted by Bobinayj View Post
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
04-25-2013 02:30 PM
Bobinayj 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.
04-25-2013 10:15 AM
Firefighterchick 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
04-25-2013 09:51 AM
Dan216 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.
04-25-2013 03:50 AM
JeepinDad 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.
04-25-2013 03:29 AM
Franciscoapg
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Originally Posted by afd660 View Post
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.
04-25-2013 02:44 AM
afd660 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.
04-24-2013 11:35 AM
CT93YJ 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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