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    Hey guys,

    Just out of curiosity, if you guys are already driving a long distance to work, or if you have an opportunity (if you received a job offer), how far would you be willing to drive?

    I would assume since it's not a 5-day work week, many of us would be willing to travel far if need be.

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    I used to drive about an hour, then moved 10 minutes away and now I live about 30 minutes from my station.

    The longest commute I know of is 3 hours each way.

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    I commute around an hour. Been doing it now for a couple of years. You kinda get used to it I guess. I thought about trying to get hired closer to home but my retirement wouldn't transfer so I'm staying put. Unless I get lucky and get hired during the next process with FDNY.

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    I knew a guy that was driving 4.5 hours one way to work every 3rd day. He was waking up at 2:30 AM to leave for work.

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    I used to drive 135 miles one-way. Woke up at 0430, left the house by 0500. Shift start at 0800. I would usually arrive around 0730. 90% of the drive was on Interstate 476 and Interstate 95- I could do 80mph most of the way.

    I would also usually do shift exchanges and try to work two or three in a row, and then have three or four days off.

    If snow was predicted overnight I would go in the night before. This was always a bonus as they would hire me on overtime to have an extra man if the weather got really crappy.
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    I live just west of Tampa in Brandon and i drive about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes to Kissimmmee depending on which station i am floated to...been doin it 4.5 years....not bad once every 3 days and once a week on my Kelly week.....kinda gettin tired of it now...debating a move back to Orlando.....there is guys that drive from Vero, West Palm, and Deland that make the trek....for osme reason they all think i drive the farthest....its all I-4 for me

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    I applied to every dept accepting applications within a 2.5 hour drive when I first got out of the academy. The first job I got was a 105 mile trek each way and took me about an hour and 45 mins. I did that about 6 months and was tired of it. Then I got a job about 15 mins to 40 mins from my house depending on the station. Now I'm less than 20 mins to any station where I work now and I love it.

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    I drive over 2 hrs to work for HCFR.
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    I used to drive 3 hours to work. It sucked.

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    I have about a 50 mile/hour trek to work each day.....most is highway, but on bad days such as rainy or snowy can really screw things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLSboy View Post
    I drive over 2 hrs to work for HCFR.

    How do you handle that? Is it nearly impossible or are you doing ok with it? Could you see yourself doing it for yrs and yrs? Do you work back to back days or 2 out of 3 to minimize driving back and forth in the same week, or is that not possible?

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    I know guys who have been driving 2-3 hours for their entire career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVTxDUDE View Post
    I know guys who have been driving 2-3 hours for their entire career.
    We have a few where i work who do. It's worth it to them because where the live is cheap and beautiful. A long commute is not so bad when you have a nice home and property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e10pvmt View Post
    I live just west of Tampa in Brandon
    Brandon is on the other side of Tampa.

    I drove 1.25 hours/65 miles for 9 months until a spot closer to home opened. Sirius radio makes the drive easier.
    ...at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD6956 View Post
    A long commute is not so bad when you have a nice home and property.
    ...and a kelly day.
    ...at this time.

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    Why not just move?

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    Depends on the shift too. I'd be willing to drive up to 2 hrs for a dept that does 48/96, but the on/off/on/off/on schedule or even 24/48 would get old. Hr max for those types of depts and would probably move closer eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodyK View Post
    Why not just move?
    Because it's not so easy when you own a home, and your wife and kids have a job or school you'd prefer them in. It's not like just leaving mom's house and getting an apartment.


    I drive 2 hours. Wake up at 230, in the gym for 430-445 and pull into the station at 600, an hour early for relief, like it should be....
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    I have driven further for "stuff" that didn't last nearly as long!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tajm611 View Post
    Because it's not so easy when you own a home, and your wife and kids have a job or school you'd prefer them in. It's not like just leaving mom's house and getting an apartment.


    I drive 2 hours. Wake up at 230, in the gym for 430-445 and pull into the station at 600, an hour early for relief, like it should be....
    I guess man. I currently rent so it wouldn't be a big deal for me. My wife will move wherever

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    Having a wife and kid is definitely a game changer. The good thing about our job is that it allows us to be able to live further from where we work than regular employees. I know that there are not many places in the city that I work that I would like to live, and on my salary, the good ones are too expensive.
    I drive an hour so that we are able to send our kids to the school that we want, feel safe and be able to live comfortably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utilitycow View Post
    Brandon is on the other side of Tampa.

    I drove 1.25 hours/65 miles for 9 months until a spot closer to home opened. Sirius radio makes the drive easier.
    Oops...i meant east side of Tampa

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    Why not move?

    Why should I?

    It is roughly an hour and 45 minutes to get to work for me. I drive that 10 or 11 days a month. Realistically it is no hardship. I used to drive over 2 hours to my previous fire department.

    Where I live I have 14 acres of land, complete with a pond, woods, and a pasture for the horses my wife will soon have. I also have a 4 bedroom house and a pole barn with property taxes far less than I would pay for a lot and home in the city I work in.

    I like looking out my window and seeing wildlife like red foxes, deer, opossums, racoons, cranes, hawks, eagles, herons, geese, and more. I like seeing the stars at night and not having them all washed out by city lights. I like my neighbors being over 500 feet away and on one side over a quarter of a mile away. Peace, quiet, and no nosey, oh so close neighbors. Seems like paradise to me!

    Obviously it is not for everyone, but I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    Where I live I have 14 acres of land, complete with a pond, woods, and a pasture for the horses my wife will soon have. I also have a 4 bedroom house and a pole barn with property taxes far less than I would pay for a lot and home in the city I work in.
    Seems the only thing you are missing is a little neon green sports car.

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