Thread: Firefighting--A family thing?
01-05-2001, 01:23 PM #26firecat1524Firehouse.com Guest
I have family roots in the fire service too. I have two uncles that are active vollies, and one who just retired after 25 years as a vollie. Paid wise there's myself and my cousin who are both engineers for our county. In the future, well my 4 1/2 year old would rather play with his matchbox firetrucks than anything else.
01-05-2001, 01:47 PM #27ArmyTruckCompanyFirehouse.com Guest
My dad was (and still is) an active volunteer in Montgomery County, Pa. with only 3 years of active duty in the Navy interrupting his continuous 44 years of service. He definetly encouraged me to join by taking me to parades (starting at age 4) work details, drills, etc....I joined at age 16 as a junior, became a full member at age 17, and an interior firefighter a week after my 18th bday. At the time my career interests centered around military aviation, but due to my eyes being too poor, that shot that down. I worked odd jobs here and there including fire equipment and extinguisher sales/service, until I got hired at a trucking company as an apprentice diesel mechanic. I was there for about a year and a half when I had the opportunity to get hired as a "Temp" firefighter in the US Govt (US Navy) at a base that was closing. The job was guaranteed for a year, with the likelyhood that it would last approx 2.5 years. I had a gamble on my hands...Stay in my job as an apprentice and have a secured job where I could work my way up? Or, take the risk that I could be let go in as little as 366 days??? I wasn't unhappy as a mechanic, but I just didn't have my heart in it. So I decided to take the gamble. I got hired into the Navy fire service, and worked for about a year and 3 months at the base that was closing. (Naval Air Warfare Center, Warminster Pa. Bucks County ENGINE 69 LIVES FOREVER!!!) Then the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard FD had some openings, so I tested with one other guy, and we were hired as TERM firefighters. About a year later, we were converted to full career firefighters. Not much longer after that, the shipyard eliminated the Truck company, laying off 11 of us. Hence my postion now in the Army fire service!!
(PS I am still an active member in the same dept. that pops got me interested in...Makes for some interesting arguments- he is somewhat of a dinosaur....And my children will be strongly encouraged to participate!!)
"Loyalty above all else, except honor."
01-05-2001, 05:10 PM #28FLAME5Firehouse.com Guest
NO MOST OF MY FAMILY ARE COPS ALL OVER TEXAS.
MY BROTHER STARTED AS A VOLLY, AND LATER GOT INTO THE CAREER END, I JUST FOLLOWED IN AFTER A YEAR OF COLLAGE (DIDN'T LIKE IT EVEN WITH A TRACK/CROSS-COUNTRY SCHOLARSHIP)I STILL FEEL IT WAS THE BEST MOVE. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THE HELL I REALLY WANTED TO DO AFTER I GRADUATION.
"MAN IT MUST HURT TO BE OLD!"
01-05-2001, 08:43 PM #29CFDENG23Firehouse.com Guest
My father has been a volunteer for 30+ years almost twenty as the chief, my mother put in 15 years. I am a career guy with the city. At one point we all worked together at the volunteer dept. We always have stuff to talk about!
01-05-2001, 09:14 PM #30NJOUTLAW6Firehouse.com Guest
Well in my family my uncle serves as the Fire Cheif, my father is a 1st Lt., and my older Brother is a Firefighter. I am the Youngest i am a Cadet in my Dept. but I am slowly getting up the Ladder and following in my Family's Foot Steps.
"IN THIS LINE OF WORK FEAR IS NO OPITION!"
"views that are posted are not to be held against the S.Amboy Fire Dept. they are my personal opinions."
01-05-2001, 10:11 PM #31st34ffFirehouse.com Guest
My dad had been doing it for about 30 years. I have been in for about 3 years now. My brother was also a memeber for a few years but he got married and moved away In my company we have several families involved in it. Firefighting is something that gets into a family and stays in it.
01-05-2001, 10:29 PM #32Jim BeutelFirehouse.com Guest
My mom's uncle was fire chief of Keyport, NJ fire dept. and I remember spending time there as a kid. When he retired, he gave me his helmet, and said he wanted me to have it in case I ever became a fireman. When I was 17, I joined Colonial Manor Fire Assoc., in West Deptford, NJ. I'm still there 12 years later.
The helmet, an old New Yorker, still hangs over my bed, and I'm sure Uncle Floyd knows and is watching over me...
Please pray for Jim Heenan, the brother injured in West Deptford at a dwelling fire New Years morning...
01-05-2001, 11:04 PM #33lumpy649Firehouse.com Guest
First in the line, but hopefully not the last...
01-05-2001, 11:33 PM #34axmanFirehouse.com Guest
Both of my grandfathers were firemen, My dad is a fire captain/Emt, my brother is Firefighter/Emt and I am a Firefighter Emt, Myself and my brother are going to medic school together, It starts in about a week!
STAY SAFE ALL OF MY BROTHERS.
01-06-2001, 12:25 AM #35Firefighter2197Firehouse.com Guest
You can say it is a family thing
My dad is a 25 yr vet who is now my assn cheif and I am the newest interior ff in the dept. but have served for 3 yrs now
2197 going strong
stay safe and have fun fighting the monster
2197 aka Fire Fighter Bradley Henderson
Skyland Fire & Rescue
01-06-2001, 01:05 AM #36firegrl2Firehouse.com Guest
when my grandmother was pregnat with my father she needed a blood transfusion. the man that gave her the blood was a firefighter. when my father was old enough to join the department he did so.thirty some years have gone by and he's still volunteering.i joined 4 years ago also as a volunteer,now not only am i his daughter, but also a coworker. i was hired in december as the newest paid firefighter in our department.
my department also has a couple father /son teams and also a husband/ wife team!
01-06-2001, 01:12 AM #37SteamTrainFirehouse.com Guest
First gen here. Dad is a potato chip exec. Mama was a reporter, drug me around to big fires. The first biggun I remember was when she worked for the Aanderson Independant as the Greenwood, SC reporter. I think the fire was Beshears Tire Store. Thing burned for days. ANYHOOOO, back to the topic. I would love for my son to become a firefighter for my F.D. HOWEVER, we have this stupid nepotism policy that won't allow this. Such a waste, a lot of my F/F brothers & sisters kids would make fine additions to carry on the tradition. But due to a rule without logic, they can't do that.
GOD is my Fire Chief, JESUS is my Incident Commander!
01-06-2001, 08:44 AM #38Fire416Firehouse.com Guest
Third generation F/F here. My grandfather started this tradition in the 1950's and my father and mother were both career volunteers for over 25 years each. I started when I was 16 as a junior F/F and now at 38 I am a Fire Division Major, Instructor and EMT-B and going to school for EMT-I. My wife has 5 years in and is a F/F and 1st. Responder. My oldest son is a F/F and both my younger sons are in the cadet program at our station. As you can see we are up to 4 generations and growing. Firefighting is definitly a family affair here. My god bless us all and everyone return to quarters 10-4.
Pround member of Meadow Lake Vol. Fire Dept.
01-06-2001, 12:42 PM #39Brian McGowanFirehouse.com Guest
My Grand father was a District Chief in Boston's Roxbury section, joining the dept. in 1902, retiring in 1945.
Six of his nine sons also joined the dept. after WWII, serving in all sections of Boston. the last retiring in 1982.
My father worked the South End and Roxbury as a Tiller man on Ladder's 13 & 30, retiring with a broken back in the 70's.
In the 70's when I tried to follow the family traditon to Boston I was excluded due to quota's.
But I was fortunate to be hired in a suburb south of the city.
Now twenty-one years later I'm a Captain and shift commander.
My two sons are talking about becoming firefighters when they grow up.
I was never pushed to the job, but growing up with it I saw the joy, satisfaction, and heart ache it carries with it.
Ladder 13's house lost five of the nine firefighters at the Vendome, and a year later my dads best friend, was killed at fire in Roxbury on Fathers day, leaving a family of six young children.
There's nothing that carries you so high or low in the world, the bottom line is it is a very satisfying and noble profession.
01-06-2001, 08:35 PM #40spongeFirehouse.com Guest
My grandfather was a firefighter back in the 40's. My dad, my brother, and I are all firefighters.
Both my old and current departments have several families in them. Some of those extended families have close to a dozen members in the dept.
01-06-2001, 08:53 PM #41jmk271Firehouse.com Guest
Second generation firefighter here. Dad was a member for 10 years having served as high as Assistant Chief. His older brother is currently my captain. I also have two brothers on the department as well. Another brother will be joining in about 2 1/2 years.
***Stay safe out there***
***These opinion(s) are my own, and not that of the department in which I serve***
01-07-2001, 01:13 AM #42cricketFirehouse.com Guest
Hopefully we have started a new family tradition. My husband joined as a volunteer and I was immediately bitten by the bug, 2 months later I joined the dept. also. A year later my brother and brother-in-law joined their local vol. dept. We have boys ages 2 & 4 and the fire hall is their favorite place to visit.
01-07-2001, 10:34 AM #43ThickSmoke3Firehouse.com Guest
In small communities you will find more family members on a fire dept. My one uncle has 30+, my other uncle has over 25 years, both cousins have 18 to 20 years apiece. I have 12 years total. Always remember no matter where you in big city or small town a group of firefighters related or not are all FAMILY.
01-07-2001, 11:22 AM #44rumlfireFirehouse.com Guest
My father has been a volunteer for seventeen years. I have been a volley for five years and a career ff/emt for one and a half years. Not much else.
01-07-2001, 02:32 PM #45Brad VosburgFirehouse.com Guest
I am envious of all the responses from multply generation firefighting families, since ours is 1st generation. But thats not to say we are not involved as a family. My older brother first joined a volunteer dept. in the early '80s. Then after a short break he and I both joined the Renner Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept. in the early '90s, where he is currently the chief and I am the dept secretary. After several years of my involvment, my wife to got the bug and joined the dept as an EMT. Although my involvement for the last 8 years has been in firfighting and vehicle extracation, I to have recently completed an EMT course.
My brother is also a paid firefighter/EMT/hazmat tech for the nearby Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue, and has 2 sons, 11 and 7. My wife, also a CPR Instructor, and I have a 1 y/o son and a 6 y/o daughter. They are all firehouse brats. My daughter has great interest in EMS already, she loves to whatch CPR training videos, and could proply teach others the technigue, and talks of one day being an EMT. Even at my sons young age with little exposer to the service, his favorite toys are the firetrucks. My brothers children both declare they will be firefighters.
So all I can do is wait, and we to will hopefully be amongest the ranks of those with multiple generations involved.
01-08-2001, 01:06 PM #46LtStevieB82Firehouse.com Guest
Guess I'm sort of a rarity, but traditions must begin somewhere. The closest I got to the service as a kid was when my non-FF Dad took me to housings and a station in NYC while Mom shopped.
Many others in my station, though, are carrying on the line (chief and president are bros, fellow lt. is son of the pres., others...).
01-09-2001, 11:22 AM #47SWFD747Firehouse.com Guest
My father has been a volunteer fire chief and paramedic for 29 years. My brother is a paid firefighter / AO and is also a volunteer captain and first responder in my department. I have been going to the fire station and fire meetings all of my life. I joined the volunteer department back home at 18, and I am a volunteer FF where I live now.
01-09-2001, 02:30 PM #48mike021Firehouse.com Guest
I am a third generation also. My grandfather, father, 2 uncle's, and a younger brother are all firefighter's at the same volly dept. I am the only one who is a EMT though. The firehouse has been a part of my life since I was 5 and my dad was letting my run with him to small fires on the trucks. That was the good old days. =o)
01-09-2001, 04:29 PM #49firebartmanFirehouse.com Guest
As far as I know, no one prior to my father was in the fire service. My dad spent 34 years here, and retired as a deputy chief. I now have 19 years on (I am currently the Assistant Chief) and my youngest (our only boy) who is 12 has shown some interest. However my 5 year old grandson insist he will be a firefighter. We'll just have to wait and see.
01-09-2001, 08:23 PM #50MEDIC29Firehouse.com Guest
I AM SECOND GENERATION VOLUNTEER. MY DAD STARTED IN 1975 AND WENT TO THE RANK OF FIRST ASST CHIEF WHILE HOLDING ALL THE BUSINESS OFFICES. HE IS STILL VERY ACTICE AND WELL KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. I JOINED AS A JUNIOR IN 1991 AND MADE IT TO THE RANK OF LT. ALONG WITH ALL THE BUSINESS OFFICES. I THEN WENT FURTHER AND BECAME A PARAMEDIC IN 1995. I WAS MARRIED TO A WONDERFUL WOMEN IN 1997 WHO HAD NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE (WHAT A SHOCK SHE GOT). BUT LAST FALL SHE CAME TO ME AND ASKED IF SHE COULD JOIN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. THE BUG HAD GOTTEN TO HER!! SHE HAS BEEN IN NOW ABOUT 6 MONTHES AND IS LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. OUR 3 KIDS AGES 4,2,1 ARE ALL BOYS AND I THINK THEY KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FIRE TRUCKS THAN I DO... THOUGH OUR FAMILY TRADITIONS AREN'T CENTURIES OLD WE'RE JUST BEGINING NOW AND IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'LL GO FIR ALONG TIME. BEST WISHES TO ALL THE FAMILIES WHO KEEP THIS GREAT TRADITION GOING
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