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    Im entering my 4th year, and feeling nowhere near burned out. My department is small, not very busy, and very close knit. Im a 3rd generation Chatham Fireman, and that means something to me.

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    1. I live in the township. What better way to have a say in how my house and family are protected.
    2. I like serving my community.
    3. I'm treated well, I have a say in how we do things, who we do it with, and what we do it with. (Not that I get my way all the time )
    4. I do it fulltime anyway, so I have a lot of experience to offer.
    5. I get a little beer money for the runs I make and drills I attend.

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    Wish I knew.....started as a junior in 1968. Held fire certs in a city slowly replacing volunteer with career. Gave up fire certs in 1992, after being hired by local PD in 1990. Got my NREMT-P in 1986, and still have it. Doing a lot with the PD as far as AED program, SWAT medics, and TCCC for the rest of the department. Just hate to lose the paramedic cert, so I run 2 duties a month on the box, as well as what I pickup on the street carrying a gun. Thinking about retirement from the PD, and a part time medic job somewheres.

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    The loud beepy thing that I clip to my belt (that thing gets really annoying at 4am), and the sweet azz t-shirt.

    In all seriousness, I enjoy it. I live in one town I volunteer in, and right next to the other one. Volly as an EMT as well in another neighboring town.

    What keeps me on the FD in the town I live in is tradition. Not so much interdepartmental tradition, but family tradition. My Grandfather was chief, my Dad was chief, and I've had various other family members (mom, uncle, aunt etc) on the same department.

    I enjoy it, what can I say.

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    I'm almost up to 25 years. I've slowed down a bit, not because I want to just the aches and pains of being almost 50 remind me that I'm not as young as I used to be. I ride when I can, mostly drive and leave the fun and excitement to those who are a bit younger. And if you're not on when I start moving the piece get on the next one cause I'm not waiting.

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    I've been in the service 9 years (be 10 yrs in June), Dad got me into firefighting at the age of 3, lol. I could pump the engines at age 8. I live in a very small town so the fire calls are far and few in between (avg. 30-35/yr) but that adrenaline rush is a great feeling! Being able to teach the new guys basic firefighting skills is great as well as brushing up on aspects of firefighting on your own. I don't mind the early morning pages unlike my wife does!

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    I have backed off a bit now but am on my 12th year or so. A good portion of that was spent and treasurer and president. I just liked helping the community and meeting a LOT of wonderful people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spencer534 View Post
    They (not sure who "they" are, but they sure do have a lot of opinions) say that most volunteer firefighters last only 5 years. If you have over 5 years, what keeps you on the department? Trying to figure this out to help with retention.
    I'm a 4th generation firefighter. I've grown up around it and it's pretty much who I am. Not everyone want's to do it at all, some a little and some go all out. I've always felt that I wanted to do whatever I could to be involved and it's been very rewarding. I wouldn't change a thing. So, maybe guys like me are the exception, but I can tell you that I go after it and it's made a difference in terms of others participation. My advice would be to do the same. Lead by example and you will have guys follow. Make it exciting, fun and teach all you know.

    I transferred to another dept. When I got here, they trained once a month. So, I made myself available once a week. Made up some training evolutions, had some get togethers, cards etc. It will get guys interested if you're positive. Bring in other departments. Learn from each other and this will make guys start participating more.

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    I have volunteered for 7 years and have recently been fortunate enough to make a career of it. I am a 4th generation firefighter. It's a family business to be a Volunteer Firefighter. I basically love everything about it: helping people and the community, working with my hands, getting to look at a big red shiny firetruck and taking pride in what I do, and yes, even the adrenaline rush once in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    When I figure that out...I'll give you the answer.
    Same to me

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    www.feuerwehr-derichsweiler.de since 1978

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    Santa has to do something in the off season!!!
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