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    Default What personaly traits or talents would somebody need to enjoy being a firefighter?

    This is a question that I am trying to answer for myself. I am a paramedic, testing for departments, wondering what the job is going to be like. So to all the people that are already doing it, what do you like about it? what kind of people enjoy this job? What are the downsides?
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    Well, you need to have thick skin first off. Be willing to learn and do the dirty work, like scrub toilets, etc. The things I like is you see the best in people around your city. Seeing bystanders helping pts at a wreck or whatever before we get on scene always stands out to me. Always keep in mind, that although we may not view certain calls as "emergency," to alot of these people they are. Assuming you will be in ems also. When you eventually move up in the ranks, always remember where you came from. Show respect to the guys below ya, you can learn alot from them also. You won't get rich doing this, never gripe to the public about pay, even people you know. Just be happy to be a fireman. Its an awesome career!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Axehandle View Post
    Always keep in mind, that although we may not view certain calls as "emergency" to a lot of these people they are.
    I like to point out that people rarely dial 9-1-1 because they're having a good day. In fact, it's probably the worst day of their life (or at least pretty significant to them).

    Of course, there are those calls that are "why did you call us again?" calls. But we can often see the humor.

    Sometimes things will go so badly that you'll wonder why you ever chose this business.

    If you're doing EMS, you'll see it all - true emergencies to hangnails. Most of the time things will end well, thanks to you and your team.

    There's a huge amount of cameraderie - which can even make packing hose into a fun event. That's one of the places you'll need that thick skin... Getting a quick knock on a fire sometimes looks like the end zone celebration at a football game.

    What makes it all worth it in the end, though, is the heartfelt thanks you get from somebody whose world just got turned upside down - gratitude that you were there to help make things just that much less bad.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

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    hey thanks for the answers guys. Its kinda hear warming to these words

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    The Ability to put Other People First...........

    Everything else will eventually come. But the ability to put other people first. Will make you a star with the citizens you serve. And gain you respect with the people you serve with.


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    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

    If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    And treat those two imposters just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

    -Rudyard Kipling
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
    Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
    Paincourtville, LA

    "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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    I find having a warped sense of humor really helps.

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    The ability to adapt and overcome. A Dynamic Personality will help in this trade alot. Knowing your limits and pushing through them and being able to trust and depend on your brothers.

    There are no two calls that are alike so being able to think outside the box helps.

    Good luck
    Do not let the ghosts of our fallen brothers gaze upon you and ask " What have you done to my profession?" FTB DTRT EGH

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    The ability to ignore all the idiots who will complain about your wages and benefits without knowing anything about what your job is, your qualifications, or the risks you take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remt View Post
    what do you like about it?
    Personal satisfaction. If you do your job right you will see it in the faces that you help.

    Quote Originally Posted by remt View Post
    what kind of people enjoy this job?
    Anyone willing to put others first, including (& not forgetting family)

    Quote Originally Posted by remt View Post
    What are the downsides?
    The time you'll lose with your family. It's a lifestyle that takes a lot of time away from the ones you love most.
    "Courage is the resistance to fear, the mastery of fear, not the lack of fear." Mark Twain
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Uknown

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    Don't fall asleep in the recliner

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    hahaha never ever fall asleep in the recliner as mentioned above.

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    What's needed for this job?

    Edit: Whoops... that should be patience.

    Edit again: Well... both actually.
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    Nothing is as unimpressive as someone who is unwilling to learn.

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