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    Default What are 4 non traditional services that fire departments offer these days?

    I have come up with...
    1) filling swimming pools
    2) birthday parties for local residents

    I can't seem to come up with anymore. Can anybody help me out here? Thanks.

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    What about cats in trees :-)

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    I'm not completely sure so you might want to reasearch this, but I thought some places(maybe in SoCal) are available for when you find snakes. I'm not sure if they remove them or what.

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    Install baby seats.

    Quote Originally Posted by clark918 View Post
    I'm not completely sure so you might want to reasearch this, but I thought some places(maybe in SoCal) are available for when you find snakes. I'm not sure if they remove them or what.
    Yes- Twice I had to do rattle snake removal in So. Cal. Talk about OJT, you can have it. The RP even smacked by back for squeezing the snake too hard with the loop. Well excuse me, I have this fear about getting bit by a poisonous reptile.
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    Installing baby seats

    Block parties getting to know the folks in the hood

    Blood pressure testing in the station

    We don’t and never have filled a swimming pool!

    We don't climb trees to get Miss Kitty down
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    We did the cat in tree thing when I worked for my previous department. I have seen many a people climb ladders and trees and really be in danger of getting hirt just to get a cat down that would have come down on its own.

    Completley stupid.
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    Believe it or not...

    We are now installing converter boxes on TVs if someone calls and asks us to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fieldseng2 View Post
    Believe it or not...

    We are now installing converter boxes on TVs if someone calls and asks us to.

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    Why call a plumber when a pipe bursts? Call the FD instead.
    Why call an electrician when lights go out? Call the FD.
    Why call a locksmith when you're locked out? Call the FD.

    Oh yeah, and if you are the FD in San Diego then you HAVE TO ride, in uniform, on the rig, in a gay pride parade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fieldseng2 View Post
    Believe it or not...

    We are now installing converter boxes on TVs if someone calls and asks us to.
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    Our department has nothing to do with this per say, but at our station we pull out the apparatus once a year and the vet service from the city comes and does rabies shots for peoples animals in our station.
    I have also seen fire and police block off roads for construction during heavy times, and have fire dept, member being used for traffic control when we have fairs, or large gatherings where traffic is very heavy on roads or areas that were not designed for traffic of that proportion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstalkrx View Post
    I have come up with...
    1) filling swimming pools
    2) birthday parties for local residents

    I can't seem to come up with anymore. Can anybody help me out here? Thanks.

    wow sounds like a you guys might as well send some firefighters to clown school.


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    On my old fire dept, we used to use 2 trucks to deliver toys for secret Santa. Each truck had a pick up following so in event of a call, gifts could be transferred.
    On my old career dept, FD was used once to cool down fans after a major hockey game. Worked quite well in winter in this part of the woods.
    Normal taking part in parades, never heard of anyone asking FD to take part in gay parade, course I don't think there ever has been one up here.

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    I have done many different unusual things during my career. Vehicle lockouts, home lockouts, I have taken apart a furnace to get a kitten out, freed a squirrel with his head caught in a yogurt cup, rescued dogs and geese frozen in the ice on the river, and yes cats in trees. My philosophy is; when the public calls, the people that employ us and may have a say in whether we are really needed at budget time, we go and at least try to help whatever situation they are in. If we can not do it, we try to find the right people who can. The days of "I'm only here to fight fires" are gone, gone, gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fieldseng2 View Post
    Believe it or not...

    We are now installing converter boxes on TVs if someone calls and asks us to.
    You've got to be kidding me. You don't exactly work for a slow fire department either. I don't see how you guys would even have time for BS runs like that.

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    I have seen a rural fd wet down the clay on a baseball field. I have personally (and very recently) wet down the dirt in a horse riding arena (or whatever you call it...a big oval dirt area)

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    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    I have seen a rural fd wet down the clay on a baseball field. I have personally (and very recently) wet down the dirt in a horse riding arena (or whatever you call it...a big oval dirt area)
    Oh yeah, we've done that also, both the baseball field and the horse track.

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    A career dept near Waco mows the cemetery (or did a few years ago) because the City Manager "Did not want them sitting around all day".
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    Quote Originally Posted by reebokHCFR View Post
    I have seen a rural fd wet down the clay on a baseball field. I have personally (and very recently) wet down the dirt in a horse riding arena (or whatever you call it...a big oval dirt area)
    We do the same at the parking area when the county fair comes around.
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    freed a squirrel with his head caught in a yogurt cup

    That is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever heard. I have no clue how I would react to getting toned out for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madden01 View Post
    freed a squirrel with his head caught in a yogurt cup

    That is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever heard. I have no clue how I would react to getting toned out for that.
    We did free a dog who got his head stuck in a steel fence. Fire up the spreaders, VOILA! one free dog. Have been called out to deer or moose struck on city streets. Usually just blocked street until police could put it down.

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    We had an Alderman call and request us to cut down the sneakers that were tossed over the service line into a "constituents" home.


    True story.

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    You've got to be kidding me. You don't exactly work for a slow fire department either. I don't see how you guys would even have time for BS runs like that.

    While I have not personally had to do this yet....Other companies and shfts already have....

    I think its BS too, but the idea behind it is it gets us in the homes and we can check for smoke detectors and the like...

    Even though we have multiple smoke detector blitzes thru out the year and on EVERY run we check for that.

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    I have heard of departments learning to respond to killer bees. Not so much in the northeast where I am from but down south.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoastFF View Post
    I have heard of departments learning to respond to killer bees. Not so much in the northeast where I am from but down south.
    Yea, Its not common, but we even went to a class for it. Its mostly for Rescuing people who have been swarmed, not so much for removing the bees.

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