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    If, in your experience, there is one lesson that you would like to pass on.. what would it be???

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    Never agree to play "Pass the Buff" in the common bunkroom of a strange firehouse you may be overnighting at after lights out.
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Never agree to play "Pass the Buff" in the common bunkroom of a strange firehouse you may be overnighting at after lights out.
    LOL.. and never think that the cover of darkness is as dark as it appears to those whose eyes have already adjusted.

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    Never eat more than your mask can hold!
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    1. Don't screw with the cook.
    2. If the cook is not eating, ask yourself has anyone been screwing with the cook.
    3. The cook can get even and you don't know it until it's to late.

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    "Pitty on the man who betrays his brothers, by betraying one he will find himself with none."

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    Be mindful of your BACK as you only have one. Mess it up and it's a LIFETIME of pain and misery. T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Be mindful of your BACK as you only have one. Mess it up and it's a LIFETIME of pain and misery. T.C.
    Be mindful of your BACK, as bullet proof vests have trauma plates to stop a knife, but bunker coats don't.

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    1. Make sure that the only valves opened is the tank fill/recirculate and tank to pump, when doing a pump survey or doing some tests.

    2. Make sure the deck gun valve is closed.

    3. Make sure the heads of your department and of the FD are not in the area.

    'nuff said.

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    "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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    Don't tug on Super Man's cape.
    Don't spite into the wind.
    Don't pull the mask off of the Lone Ranger
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    You don't mess around with Jim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rm1524 View Post
    1. Don't screw with the cook.
    2. If the cook is not eating, ask yourself has anyone been screwing with the cook.
    3. The cook can get even and you don't know it until it's to late.
    Awesome lesson! LOL
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    Watch..and pay attention..not only to your officer but also the senior guys. There are some who have been on the fire department longer than you've been alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VincentEng2 View Post
    Be mindful of your BACK, as bullet proof vests have trauma plates to stop a knife, but bunker coats don't.
    Along those lines...Be mindful of your back, and the "brother's" who have no problem putting a knife in it for their own benefit!!
    A Fire Chief has ONLY 1 JOB and that's to take care of his fireman. EVERYTHING else falls under this.

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    As a rookie....be seen and not heard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    1. Make sure that the only valves opened is the tank fill/recirculate and tank to pump, when doing a pump survey or doing some tests.

    2. Make sure the deck gun valve is closed.

    3. Make sure the heads of your department and of the FD are not in the area.

    'nuff said.

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    To add -

    4. Make sure all of the drains are closed when you're trying to draft.


    Also - Look both ways before crossing the street. You just never know.

    And - A bit of wisdom from the world of railroading that most certainly carries over to the fire service:

    Most of the rules in the rulebook are written in blood. They're there because somebody else already made that mistake. Don't be the one who repeats it.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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    As a EMT on the bad medical calls let your medic know your there and can do alot to help. From my exp paramedics tend to get in the zone and will be trying to do many things at once. Try to take care of all of the basic stuff.. this includes advanced airways combitube, LMA, king ect.

    I can't tell you how many times I have used advanced airways on pt's and not just on cardiac arrests either. You will learn much more when your medic trusts you and your skills and that your not just another firefighter that is ****ed off that they have to be on the bus instead of the engine.

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    As soon as you feel like you gotta pee go to the little boys room. When you say to yourself I will just wait until the next to commercial you have a good chance at spending the next 3 hours at an an all hands fire with no bathroom in sight.

    Oh, same goes for eating when your hungry, get your meals when you can you never know what is happening next.

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    Take a deep breath, slow the F down and think about what you are doing.
    The opinions expressed in this post are well-reasoned and insightful. Needless to say, they are not the opinions of the government that I work for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1
    1. Make sure that the only valves opened is the tank fill/recirculate and tank to pump, when doing a pump survey or doing some tests.

    2. Make sure the deck gun valve is closed.

    3. Make sure the heads of your department and of the FD are not in the area.

    'nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68
    To add -

    4. Make sure all of the drains are closed when you're trying to draft.
    You missed the big picture on this. I accidentally soaked all the above (7 people) while they were checking out new rigs 30' away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF
    "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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    To newbies: You have one mouth and two ears for a reason. You are to listen twice as much as you talk.

    To officers: Always watch out for your guys in every aspect. ALWAYS!

    To chiefs: NEVER forget where you came from.

    To everyone: When this job becomes not fun anymore, or becomes "just a job" or the day you think you know everything there is to know, you need to retire.
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    When applying 'Murphy's Law' in the real world, remember that Murphy was an optimist.

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    You have to know when to hold them and know when to fold them.

    Good day

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57
    You have to know when to hold them and know when to fold them.
    I guess you haven't learned the red part.
    I'm the one Fire and Rescue calls, when they need to be Rescued.

    Quote Originally Posted by EastKyFF
    "Firemens gets antsies. Theys wants to goes to fires. Sometimeses they haves to waits."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScareCrow57 View Post
    You have to know when to hold them and know when to fold them.

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