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    I was thinking about becoming a live-in in PG County, MD since they apparently run a lot of fires. But I'm getting the impression from things I have read that career firefighters there don't like vollies, and vice versa. For guys who volunteer there, do you get a lot of hostility from the paid guys? Basicly I just wanna know if I should join their department or look elsewhere. Thanks.
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    There will be career/volunteer animosity no matter where you go in the USA. Someone somewhere will always have an opinion that's against one or the other. That said, PGFD is a great department as a whole. As a former PGFD live-in, I had a great time. There were a few bad apples, but don't let them taint your vision of PG as a whole.

    Ignore all the "Kentland" bull**** that comes across online. They're a bunch of great Jakes like our brothers from New York, Camden, DC, etc.

    Stations I'd recommend...

    Hyattsville (Station "801")
    Riverdale (Station "807) -- My former company in PG
    Bladensburg (Station "809")
    Berwyn Heights (Station "814")
    Glenn Dale (Station "818")
    Kentland (Station "833" - or "846" if you don't care about wearing a 33 patch )
    Chillum Adelphi (Station "834")
    Greenbelt (Station "835")
    West Lanham Hills (Station "828" and "848")

    There's a bunch of others too.. Bladensburg and Kentland are 100% volunteer fire companies. Hyattsville, Berwyn Heights, Glenn Dale, and Chillum have paid staffing to supplement the volunteers.

    Expect to ride the ambulance. It's not a choice. Unless you live at Kentland...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Res343cue View Post
    There will be career/volunteer animosity no matter where you go in the USA. Someone somewhere will always have an opinion that's against one or the other. That said, PGFD is a great department as a whole. As a former PGFD live-in, I had a great time. There were a few bad apples, but don't let them taint your vision of PG as a whole.

    Ignore all the "Kentland" bull**** that comes across online. They're a bunch of great Jakes like our brothers from New York, Camden, DC, etc.

    Stations I'd recommend...

    Hyattsville (Station "801")
    Riverdale (Station "807) -- My former company in PG
    Bladensburg (Station "809")
    Berwyn Heights (Station "814")
    Glenn Dale (Station "818")
    Kentland (Station "833" - or "846" if you don't care about wearing a 33 patch )
    Chillum Adelphi (Station "834")
    Greenbelt (Station "835")
    West Lanham Hills (Station "828" and "848")

    There's a bunch of others too.. Bladensburg and Kentland are 100% volunteer fire companies. Hyattsville, Berwyn Heights, Glenn Dale, and Chillum have paid staffing to supplement the volunteers.

    Expect to ride the ambulance. It's not a choice. Unless you live at Kentland...
    Thanks alot brother. All the drama had me a little worried. All the drama goin on over there had me a little worried, but it sounds like they have get a good ammount of fires. My current station gets almost no fire, so it would be cool to get some experience. Thanks for the info.

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    I have a close friend in Berwyn Heights Station 14 and is having a ball. He says the guys are a great bunch and have welcomed him and taught him alot.

    They catch a lot of truck and rescue work - they don't have a pumper. They are expecting a new Seagrave Tiller near the end of the year.

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    http://www.bhvfd14.org/
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    Quote Originally Posted by osfd100 View Post
    I have a close friend in Berwyn Heights Station 14 and is having a ball. He says the guys are a great bunch and have welcomed him and taught him alot.

    They catch a lot of truck and rescue work - they don't have a pumper. They are expecting a new Seagrave Tiller near the end of the year.

    Here is a link
    http://www.bhvfd14.org/
    Funny, 14 is the one I'm thinking of joining.

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    goodluck with everything
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    avoid 11, 12, and 35 like the plague.
    Why would that be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by osfd100 View Post
    Well hurry up, there are some openings but they fill quick. 14 is a decent company. Right now the strongest volunteer live-in stations are 14,33 (waitinglist),and 9. 7 is good but they need help. avoid 11, 12, and 35 like the plague.


    11, 12 and 35 are not necessarily places to join if your looking for a real busy dept. , but you make it sound like they are terrible places to be associated with, which i don't think is true.

    14 is more than a "decent company". IMO they are an excellent Squad Co.
    33 does not have a waiting list that I am aware of.

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    They all seem like a group of well focused firefighters. When I was looking up some info on the various stations I just found this.

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    http://www.vidilife.com/video_play_2...Department.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by osfd100 View Post
    They all seem like a group of well focused firefighters. When I was looking up some info on the various stations I just found this.

    It takes a minute to load.


    http://www.vidilife.com/video_play_2...Department.htm

    Wow, you sure did change your opinion in a hurry. Why did you edit your previous post ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by THEENGINEGOES View Post
    Wow, you sure did change your opinion in a hurry. Why did you edit your previous post ?
    Man, I haven't seen a display of gutlessness like that on here in a long time.
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    Cool

    There are actually a few companies I'm looking into so all options are open. Definately want to go to a busy company though, as my current one here in FL doesn't run much. Lookin at probably going to 14 or 34. We'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI View Post
    Man, I haven't seen a display of gutlessness like that on here in a long time.

    Are you referring to me or to osfd100 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by THEENGINEGOES View Post
    Are you referring to me or to osfd100 ?
    Not you. I was simply agreeing with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI View Post
    Not you. I was simply agreeing with you.
    That's what i thought

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