Things I've learned since Volunteering
1. Never overeat. You're guaranteed to go to a ridiculous fire if you're too full.
2. The pager can, will and does wake the dead.
3. Truck sits outside, so I put a rug on my windshield on nights I suspect will frost.
4. People are always glad to see us arrive on scene. Cops have GOT to envy that.
5. I keep a couple bottles of water in my truck. Post fire thirst is CRAZY!
6. I keep a pack of gum in my truck at all times. Death breath is uncool and no time for teeth brushing when the pager wakes the dead.
7. Be smart! Adrenaline will take you to a place where your experience, ability and training can't sustain you...and your Brothers can't save you.
8. Keep socks, pants, shirt and whatever else you might need to throw on beside the bed and ready to go. Forget this, and you're guaranteed to go out that night.
9. Calls always come in threes.
10. Being in top physical condition on the fireground is worth the pain of sprints and weights.
11. Always strive to be the kind of Brother that you'd want to have...and the kind that represents the best of the Fire Service.
12. A set of dry, clean clothes at the hall or in your truck are worth their weight in gold after a big call.
Who else has some tips or universal truths regarding volunteering?