House fire aches and pains
First interior attack in awhile. At 55 and outa shape, realizing I'm getting too old for this kinda stuff. The fires I like to respond to are the ones you don't have to roll out any hose for. The young ones we have (thank god) seem to get all jazzed up for them. I hate'em, just kidding. I'm guessing this is the natural progression for volunteer firefighters coming to the end of their firefighting days.
joining those who have done their time
This comes to every one over time, especially in this profession, gone are the days of rising from bed,running to a veh (with a memory of the pager info),starting and running an established distance with or with out own turn out gear,try to make an engine or a veh as dependent on Co policy as to POVs at scenes of any type of alarm..and then preforming your duty as assigned or as what position u end up on a particular rig..every one trains for this. its not something which is even completed under probie status.. plus today requirements are tougher,more wide spread as diverse.. 20 yrs ago we did not have to be EMTs.but today...20 yrs ago we were still riding tail boards..dressing on hosebeds, laying some cases only 3" lines over todays 5"....using ground ladders as lack of time frame for a truck company..and so forth.. I was lucky to had to leave by medical reasons,those who continue may find themselves carried away...its a shame but its part of life as a fire fighter...even devoted Drivers/Pump Ops can end up the above way.. its your life...too..