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    Quote Originally Posted by DFDMAXX View Post
    Never miss a chance to work.

    Never miss a chance to train.
    ...and never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut

    Just got on with Sunnyvale Fire Rescue last night. Got my T-shirt and call # (but no pager yet, they were out of pagers).
    Seriously, I hope "they were out of pagers" was not the only reason you weren't issued a pager the first time you walked in the station. I'd like to think a new guy would at least have to show his face for a few weeks and learn his way around the trucks a bit, get a little orientation under his belt before being cleared to start running calls.
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    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"


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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    ...and never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut



    Seriously, I hope "they were out of pagers" was not the only reason you weren't issued a pager the first time you walked in the station. I'd like to think a new guy would at least have to show his face for a few weeks and learn his way around the trucks a bit, get a little orientation under his belt before being cleared to start running calls.
    You make a good point! I've actually been going there since December... missed 2 or three meets at the beginning, but I've attended every one since. And I know they want to get to know me, and they want me to learn a lot so I'll be useful to them during calls. I'm just grateful to have this opportunity - and I will keep showing up and learn as much as I can!

    I'm thinking about heading up there early tonight just to "inventory" the ambulance and learn where things are kept. I was talking with a medic there and she recommended I do this because it really helps you when you need to get stuff ASAP.

    I appreciate everyone's comments and advice! This thread has been a great help to me - and I plan to apply what I've learned while serving my community.

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