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    Hello all,
    I was wandering, do you pray before you leave on calls or while in route to a call? i find myself doing that quite often and i was curious if any other firefighters/responders do that also... Thanks! -

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    No. I use my pnemonic for down and dirty size up... building construction, location of the fire, occupancy, water supply, manpower and exposures.

    One can figure it out....
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    @DeputyChiefGonzo,
    I must admit i literally laughed out loud on the one! hahaha

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    It works for me.. who can remember all of the stuff in WALLACE WAS HOT or COAL WAS WEALTH at 0300 hours or anytime for that matter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by futurefireman94 View Post
    Hello all,
    I was wandering, do you pray before you leave on calls or while in route to a call? i find myself doing that quite often and i was curious if any other firefighters/responders do that also... Thanks! -

    Cody
    It depends on who's driving.



    But seriously, sometimes I do depending on the call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    No. I use my pnemonic for down and dirty size up... building construction, location of the fire, occupancy, water supply, manpower and exposures.

    One can figure it out....
    I'm going to have to steal this one.

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    At night, I pray the Engine gets a refusal or calls for BLS before we get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    One can figure it out....
    Lucky for you I had just put my coffee down before I read that. Otherwise you'd owe me a new screen and keyboard.

    Nice one, DCG!
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    Quote Originally Posted by futurefireman94 View Post
    Hello all,
    I was wandering, do you pray before you leave on calls or while in route to a call? i find myself doing that quite often and i was curious if any other firefighters/responders do that also... Thanks! -

    Cody
    Enroute to and/or on scene of a call??
    Yeah, those are the times you should be doing your job and NOT relying on divine intervention.
    Are you seriously that doubtful in your training?

    Save the prayers for saying grace or once it's all done.

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    Nope. But I haven't said an actual prayer since I got a drivers license and could go do something else on Sundays.

    That B-L-O-W-M-E size up method is awesome. Totally stealing that.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    we have a prayer circle in the front lawn before doing anything.

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    I would have rather my crew start mentally preparing themselves for the call. It's what I did. Praying is a distraction I didn't need until after the incident was complete.

    I would suggest you do the same.
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    When the fire is out, I run out of the building, throw my gloves to the ground and run around pointing at the sky, just like those pro athletes after a touchdown or a basket. I only do that if I'm sure the news cameras are on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!
    "Nemo Plus Voluptatis Quam Nos Habant"

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    I am not a religious man, so no, I do not pray on the way to calls.

    I agree with others that the time you are spending praying could be better served mentally preparing yourself for the tasks at hand.

    If you feel the need to pray do a prayer at the beginning of your shift about what you may encounter for the day.
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    It only takes about 5 seconds to say a good prayer en route to a call. Firefighters (and anyone else for that matter) should have all aspects of their life (mental, physical, and spititual) taken care of to be at their best. If you think spending 5 seconds to ask the good lord to watch out for you is a waste of time, that is definately your choice. I consider it esential. And yeah, the need varies depending on who is driving...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazos312 View Post
    It only takes about 5 seconds to say a good prayer en route to a call. Firefighters (and anyone else for that matter) should have all aspects of their life (mental, physical, and spititual) taken care of to be at their best. If you think spending 5 seconds to ask the good lord to watch out for you is a waste of time, that is definately your choice. I consider it esential. And yeah, the need varies depending on who is driving...
    I prefer to spend that five seconds thinking about the call.
    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

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    Not really, unless "oh, God, here we go again..." is a prayer...
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    I pray Im out of the shower or done taking a dump BEFORE the call!!!!
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