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    I'll take a fire dept. w/o all the behind the fire truck bumper politics. other wise I'm pretty good with what I got.
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    Ummmmmm no furlough and no layoffs!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    Truer words have never been spoken. How can you teach it if you can't do it yourself?
    Ever come across the 300 lb. health and safety officer who smokes a pack a day? They are cut from the same cloth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    Ever come across the 300 lb. health and safety officer who smokes a pack a day? They are cut from the same cloth.
    Sadly, it has been my experience in the volunteer and POC world that the majority Of safety Officers were either as you mention OR someone that is incapable of doing the actual job of firefighter. Not all by any stretch, some are very good at the job of Safety Officer and have the training and experience to do the job as it was intended.
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    Geez, this gets predictable...

    I'd like a department where providing the service is the goal and all the members are dedicated to doing so (and doing so well) and proud of that dedication and service.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    Career Department?? I dunno.... Never thought about it. Volunteer Department?? Easy. Mine already exists. Mine has Slim Funding, Few Runs, a Small Station, and Hand-me-down Apparatus....... And I've never been there. But, by ALL accounts, They have a Terrific Attitude. "Whatever it takes" isn't their motto, (as far as I know) but it should be. A small, Rural, VFD with a Spirit that just won't quit. Despite where I am, and what we have accomplished here, it's not about Money, Shiny Apparatus, Parade Trophies, the size of your Membership Roster, your Population Served, or anything like that. It's all about People. People of very modest means, living out in the Country, where neighbors help each other without waiting to be asked, or without any thought of possible compensation. My "Dream Department" is the Silver City, Oklahoma VFD. If I were to ever relocate, that's the kind of outfit that I'd like to be a part of.........
    Thanks, Harve. If we could drop the +100 degree heat, it would be much better around here.
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