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    Default My First Call

    My first real call was during day shift. I got my bunker gear on hoped on to the rig "I have all my essentials done mods 1,2, and 3" Just three of us a driver, officer and me as hydrant. It was a great experience!

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    Look bud, I'm a Junior Firefighter. Of course I want to dig into the action. But there is a time and a place for everything. While we are juniors our main job should be to LEARN. To learn how to be firefighters. Yes, there are some tasks that are ok, but getting on an apparatus and responding code to a call on your second day is a little rediculous. I first rode to a call almost 90% through my Firefighter One. That call was a gas leak, we responded non code. There turned out to be nothing there. Just a faint smell of natural gas. My point is, take your time. We have our entire lives ahead of us to be firefighters. My department allows me to do small brush fires, mva's ( usually support work ), structure fires ( no interior attack ), ect. But my goal is to learn all I can now in order to be a career firefighter. Just take things slow and learn, be safe. Alex.

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    I am a Firefighter now but when i was a Junior about 6 or 7 years ago my first call was a RAGING FULL BLOWN...........fire alarm activation at a warehouse wed go to about every week.
    Basically, Its all about breaking glass and kickin' *****

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    I am a senior member now but when i started I was 16 and was at the station and we got hit out for an accident with injuries. I had no formal training yet and I had been a member for maybe a week when I got it. Our SOGs for a junior is that you have to wait by the officers door and if the officer wanted that junior then they could let them on the truck so my officer at that time let me on. We got there and I laid down some oil dry and swept up the road of debris.

    For everyone saying that Juniors and explorers shouldn't be on calls think of it this way. Would you rather be rolling hose. Like I said above it should be at the officers discretion. If its a call that doesn't seem fitting for a younger member then they shouldn't go per the officers. I learned a lot by just going to the scene and watching. Let me rephrase that, I am still learning every time I go out to a call. Something is different with every call.

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    I was a few months in after joining the explorer post I'm in now.. Anyways - We did our first Ride Along and the whole department(5 stations) was quiet the whole entire day, until about 4:30pm.. Tones went out and we got a wreck on the highway.. After that I didn't run a call for awhile even with myself riding 5-6 times.. Now, I've been an explorer for almost two years (October), and I have run at least 75-100 calls already.. Not a lot but as an explorer that's plenty =P
    Explorer and Junior Firefighter

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    My first call was a grass fire next to railroad tracks. That summer was very dry and the train came by and was sparking for some reason and caught the grass on fire.
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    I don't mind fire rolling over my head. I just don't like it rolling UNDER my a**.

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    Well my first call was the night a joined 2 months ago, the night I got voted on I have just gotten my turnout gear, and a fire call come out for a 'trash can fire' so I was told to jump on rescue'1 it was awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pagosa947 View Post
    Look bud, I'm a Junior Firefighter. Of course I want to dig into the action. But there is a time and a place for everything. While we are juniors our main job should be to LEARN. To learn how to be firefighters. Yes, there are some tasks that are ok, but getting on an apparatus and responding code to a call on your second day is a little rediculous. I first rode to a call almost 90% through my Firefighter One. That call was a gas leak, we responded non code. There turned out to be nothing there. Just a faint smell of natural gas. My point is, take your time. We have our entire lives ahead of us to be firefighters. My department allows me to do small brush fires, mva's ( usually support work ), structure fires ( no interior attack ), ect. But my goal is to learn all I can now in order to be a career firefighter. Just take things slow and learn, be safe. Alex.
    The most recent activity in this thread called my attention to this post. It refers to a gas leak that turned out to be nothing as there was "just a faint smell of natural gas". This is not a "nothing" situation. All gas leaks must have the source found and the leak addressed. Even an outdoor odor should have the source confirmed to rule out an indoor leak that is migrating to the exterior. A leak in an outdoor underground supply pipe could cause gas to be present both outside and inside structures. The opening where the pipe enters the building should be checked for presence of natural gas. Nearby exposures also should be checked. Indoor accumulations of natural gas can be very dangerous, as evidenced by two recent fatal explosions with fire and collapse in NYC.
    I also want to remind everyone that the nose cannot be used to detect natural gas for more than a few minutes. It becomes desensitized to the odorizing agent in natural gas (which is odorless on it's own). This can lead to our believing that the odor has dissipated and the scene is safe.
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