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    rumlfire Guest

    Post How old where you when you started?

    How old where you when you got your start in the fire service?

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    ArmyTruckCompany Guest


    I was 4 when I went to my first parade....Does that count? Officially, when I was 16 and became a junior member of my volunteer company in Montgomery County, Pa. (Still going strong 11 years later as an active volunteer in the same company and a career firefighter!!!)

    "Loyalty above all else, except honor."

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    fieryred Guest


    I was the ripe old age of 30 when I started with my department. I have only been on the job for 7 months now. I am one of those late bloomers I guess.


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    Captain Gonzo Guest


    I was 28 years old when I got appointed and have been on the job for 19 years now...damn, I've turned into a old timer!

    And on the eighth day...God created Firefighters!
    Captain Gonzo

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    Texasff62 Guest


    i joined the FD on the day of my 16th birthday, 12-07-97 and have been on the truck non stop, with the exception of college ever since. It is the best thing that I have ever done and wouldnt trade it for anything.

    Kevin Wiseman
    Oklahoma State University School Of Fire Protection
    Ponderosa FD, Houston Texas

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    Adze Guest


    Officially, I was 14. However, I was "born" into the fire department...My father was a member since before I was born.

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    ffnbs Guest


    I was also "born" into the fire service. I got my start when I was 19. I'd have to say this is a great job and couldn't see myself doing anything else.

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    First-Due Guest


    Let's see I was appointed Aux. at 16 in 1983 (No Longer Allow Anybody to get on unless they are 19) Call FF at 18, FAO at 19 and Career FF at 21. Oh how the time flys, itseems like only yesterday that I came on !!!!!!!!

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    1627 Guest


    I was 15. Loving every minute since.

    Leon Bass
    SWVFD Station 16

    These are my opinions and do not reflect the views of my department.

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    Dalmatian90 Guest


    Joined at 16.

    In fact, tomorrow is the 14th anniversary of me putting in the application.

    Got suckered in early...first three calls I responded on where two structure fires and mutual aid Hurst tool call. Then I learned about all the other calls we go to

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    spotthedalmation Guest


    I was "born" into the service, I've been a member since just before my 16th Birthday, and the only thing keeping me from being more involved is college 800 miles away...


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    Neptune 33 Guest


    I too was born into the fire service, but I joined at 14 as a Junior member, my first call...a structure fire three days after I joined!

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    FFCode3EMT Guest


    I joined my combination department as a volunteer when I was 19. It's been 2 1/2 years now. I take advantage of every opportunity so that when (and IF) I do leave, I will have no regrets.

    **The preceding comments in no way represent the views of my department, its members, or associations that it may belong to.**

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    LtStevieB82 Guest


    Outside of watching Emergency! as a kid and going to visit firehouses, I never thought I would get into the service when I was an adult, as opposed to most of my dept. colleagues who join in their late teens.

    I guess I was 23 or 24 when I got into the NJ Forest Fire Service at the urging of a local section warden I knew. Moved out to the Phila. area a few years later, and began my volly career at 25/26. That was only 5+ years ago, but it seems like a lifetime.

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    firebartman Guest


    I was 4 when my dad started, but I didn't get on until I was 21. My dads been retired about 3 years now (he was about 24 when he started) and I've been on a little over 19 years (I'll probably stay another 10-give or take a few).

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    BayRidge60 Guest


    I was 21...don't know why I waited so long. Going on 28 now.

    Glenn Ralston
    Bay Ridge Fire-Rescue

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    Pastor Dawn Guest


    I was 18 in 1982 when I was the first female to join our local fire department. I wasn't treated well, but I wasn't treated badly either because I come from a long line of Police Officers and Firefighters. I've been doing this now for almost 20 years and now my girls are Explorers; one going into the fire service and the other into Emergency Medical services.

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    DD Guest


    I was 16 when I joined. That was 32 years ago.

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    FitzBFDT2 Guest

    Thumbs up

    Let's see...My father has 35 years on the job and I am 32 years old so....since I was negative 3. When he was running into fires in the late 60's, I was swimming around waiting to get a taste of the action.

    In all seriousness, I officially got my start at the age of 24 when I joined the City of Bayonne (NJ) Fire Department, but I have been around it all my life.

    Kevin M. Fitzhenry,
    Firefighter, Truck Co. 2
    City of Bayonne (NJ) FD

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    Quint1Medic Guest


    I was twenty-seven when I got hired with the fire department. I turn thirty in...lessee, eight days now. Not that I'm counting...

    I started in EMS at eighteen, and now I'm an old fart at that

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    ffirefighter Guest


    Originally posted by ArmyTruckCompany:
    I was 4 when I went to my first parade....Does that count? Officially, when I was 16 and became a junior member of my volunteer company in Montgomery County, Pa. (Still going strong 11 years later as an active volunteer in the same company and a career firefighter!!!)

    I was 18 and have been in the department for 7 mos.

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    Aerial 131 Guest


    Started as a volunteer at 26, went career at 37. Still doing both, God I must be nuts, sorry senior moment! Wow, 20 years. Still love the job!! Zimm

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    TXFIRE6 Guest


    Started as a vollie at 18, went to Fire Academy when I was 19, have been a paid firefighter since 5 days after my 20th birthday.Various departments till I found my final destination. 26 now, so its been a good almost 8 years now.

    Any Opinion expressed, are my own, and do not reflect my Department...RB

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    fflynn17 Guest


    Wow, do I feel old. I started at 37!!

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    ENGINE18-3 Guest


    Officially 18 but I grew up at the Firehouse because my Dad was a member before I was born.

    The statements above are my own opinions

    FF Greg Grudzinski
    Oaklyn Fire Dept.
    Station 18-3

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