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    Default It finally paid off...

    After a year and a half of studying, doing practicals, obtaining certifications, and training all the time it's all finally paid off for me.

    At long last I've reached my goal of being a career firefighter. It's truly an awesome feeling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeKaos View Post
    After a year and a half of studying, doing practicals, obtaining certifications, and training all the time it's all finally paid off for me.

    At long last I've reached my goal of being a career firefighter. It's truly an awesome feeling!
    Congratulations!
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    Congratulations from me too. Don't be late.

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    Congratulaions.

    Now the real work begins. If I may be so bold I am going to offer some advice.

    1) ALWAYS be early. At least in your first year between a 1/2 an hour and an hour.

    2) ALWAYS be the first up doing house duty, dishes, washing trucks, maintaining tools. And ALWAYS be the last one to sit down.

    3) Listen far, far, more than you talk.

    4) Don't try to impress with stories, impress with actions.

    I am sure others will add more.

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    Good luck! The journey now begins...

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    Who cares???
    The Box. You opened it. We Came...

    "You'll take my life but I'll take your's too. You'll fire musket but I'll run you through. So when your waiting for the next attack, you'll better understand there's no turn back."

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    Congratulations
    "You see things and you ask, 'Why'? I dream of things that never were and I say, 'Why not'?

    "I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place."

    "When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire."

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    congrats man! i hope to be in your boots soon.

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    Well done, man!

    The advise you got earlier is so true. USE IT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    Congratulaions.

    Now the real work begins. If I may be so bold I am going to offer some advice.

    1) ALWAYS be early. At least in your first year between a 1/2 an hour and an hour.

    2) ALWAYS be the first up doing house duty, dishes, washing trucks, maintaining tools. And ALWAYS be the last one to sit down.

    3) Listen far, far, more than you talk.

    4) Don't try to impress with stories, impress with actions.

    I am sure others will add more.

    Good luck and welcome to the Brotherhood.
    Even though I have been born and raised in The Fire Service, yours and all the other Veterans' advice and wisdom will not have fallen upon deaf ears. I thank all of you who have come before me and all of those who will be with me throughout my career; both near and far.
    The Brotherhood lives on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Who cares???
    Nice attitude......I hope you're kidding, but in these forums, it wouldn't surprise me if you weren't. People seem to forget how awesome a job we have.

    To the OP: Congrats man. Try to always keep that "first day" excitement and learn all you can, but choose who you listen to carefully.

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    Okay... I'll take it back..


    Here's a cookie for you Mr. Firefighter
    The Box. You opened it. We Came...

    "You'll take my life but I'll take your's too. You'll fire musket but I'll run you through. So when your waiting for the next attack, you'll better understand there's no turn back."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeKaos View Post
    After a year and a half of studying, doing practicals, obtaining certifications, and training all the time it's all finally paid off for me.

    At long last I've reached my goal of being a career firefighter. It's truly an awesome feeling!
    Very good... I am happy for you. Sounds like you have earned it

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    Congratulaions.

    Now the real work begins. If I may be so bold I am going to offer some advice.

    1) ALWAYS be early. At least in your first year between a 1/2 an hour and an hour.

    2) ALWAYS be the first up doing house duty, dishes, washing trucks, maintaining tools. And ALWAYS be the last one to sit down.

    3) Listen far, far, more than you talk.

    4) Don't try to impress with stories, impress with actions.

    I am sure others will add more.

    Good luck and welcome to the Brotherhood.
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    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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    you want to be known as a great rookie?

    Dont listen to what everyone here has said.

    Bring cake and ice cream your first day and always be the first to pay for food. Do that and you'll be greatness.

    If its a movie night, offer to bring the latest release if they will let you.

    Also, randomly bring home made food up. If you got a wife or girlfriend that can make good home made bread, ex banana nut bread, bring that shizzy.

    all that other stuff makes you known as a good rookie. A great rookie is one who brings da food.
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    May we ask where you were hired?

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    you may but...

    doesnt mean i'm gonna answer.

    if you really want to know...

    take gonzo's age, multiple it by 2 and thats close to how many stations we got
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    you may but...

    doesnt mean i'm gonna answer.

    if you really want to know...

    take gonzo's age, multiple it by 2 and thats close to how many stations we got
    I'm going to go with Dallas-Fort Worth on that one...am I right?

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    i think dallas has like 50 stations and fort worth around 30-40. but no, I moved several years ago. I just havent felt like updating my stats.
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    "You'll take my life but I'll take your's too. You'll fire musket but I'll run you through. So when your waiting for the next attack, you'll better understand there's no turn back."

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Dont listen to what everyone here has said.

    Bring cake and ice cream your first day and always be the first to pay for food. Do that and you'll be greatness.

    If its a movie night, offer to bring the latest release if they will let you.

    Also, randomly bring home made food up. If you got a wife or girlfriend that can make good home made bread, ex banana nut bread, bring that shizzy.

    A great rookie is one who brings da food.
    You've redeemed yourself greatly. Actually, there's alot of truth in this post. Well said brother.

    BTW, to the OP: In my department, there's only ONE brand of ice cream the guys will like: Blue Belle. Anything else is a waste of money (a lesson I learned the first day of FTO). So, make sure if the guys in your department have a specific brand of ice cream they like. If so, go with that (even if it's stupid expensive and tastes the same as other brands)

    Take care,
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpete View Post
    BTW, to the OP: In my department, there's only ONE brand of ice cream the guys will like: Blue Belle.
    Amen, Homemade Strawberry is the best made by them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Who cares???
    This guy thinks he is Bad A** because he works in Houston!
    What A D**k Head thing to say!
    Congrats Bro!!

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    where I work has nothing to do with the fact that i'm a d*ckhead. That came long before I was hired where I currently work.

    If you would review the forums back to 04 when I started posting, I have been a d*ckhead that whole time...

    But, back to my first statement....

    Who cares...

    unless you've been some longtime poster on here that everyone knows and actually has been active on here, there is no reason for some random new guy to come on firehouse and tell everyone what he has done...

    Why?

    Because no one cares...
    The Box. You opened it. We Came...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    Also, randomly bring home made food up.
    In conversation?
    Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschmidt View Post
    This guy thinks he is Bad A** because he works in Houston!
    He doesn't think that. He knows it. He can recite the scripts of Towering Inferno, Firehouse and Backdraft in English and German. He puts his pants on boths legs at a time. He never uses his chinstrap and masks up only after he has a fine sear on his airway to seal out contaminants and keep in the flavor of his chewing tobacco.
    Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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