Are you traditional and say Fireman?...Or politically correct and say Firefighter. Or how bout this one...Emergency Response Technician...paaaleeezzze
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01-24-2001, 05:01 AM #1Sonny SampsonFirehouse.com Guest
Do you call yourself a Fireman or Firefigter???
01-24-2001, 06:18 AM #2troll911Firehouse.com Guest
FF. I grew up in the fire service and it has always been FF around here (44yrs. worth, anyways). Not much you can say I'm PC on, but I suppose this is one. Dat mouth of mine shore do get me in trouble sometimes.
01-24-2001, 08:27 AM #3esvfdfirefighterFirehouse.com Guest
I only refer to myself as a FF, when i first became a member of the department we had several female FF'S and i learned that when you have this situation you do not say fireman in front of them, they tend to get a little upset. needless to say i only call myself a FF now.
Ellsworth/Somerset V.F.D. www.geocities.com/esvfd3870
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01-24-2001, 08:29 AM #4Captain GonzoFirehouse.com Guest
Firefighter! It has nothing to do with being "politically correct".
Firemen take care of boilers in HVAC plants!
And on the eighth day...God created Firefighters!
01-24-2001, 08:57 AM #5BucksEng91Firehouse.com Guest
Absolutely. I agree. I fight fires, I don't shovel coal on a locomotive.
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01-24-2001, 09:20 AM #615hosemanFirehouse.com Guest
I'm just barely out of probation, so i definitely refer to myself as a firefighter...however in my department fireman is a term of respect, one earned by those who *do the job*.
We don't go to work, we go to war!
it must suck to work in a department without any firemen.
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01-24-2001, 09:40 AM #7Les.HFirehouse.com Guest
Firefighter by trade and by name.
Kindest regards & keep safe,
01-24-2001, 01:06 PM #8FireloverFirehouse.com Guest
Defenetly a Firefighter. I just think it sounds cool.
If you sent us to HELL, WE'D PUT IT OUT!!
01-24-2001, 02:19 PM #9RescueCoFiremanFirehouse.com Guest
After reading the last few comments it seems as if some of you see it is more of a macho/tough guy thing to say you "FIGHT FIRES" and call yourself a "FIRE-FIGHTER" rather than a "Fireman". Most of you are more concerned about the public recognition by saying that you are a "FIRE-FIGHTER", and that it sounds tougher or more aggressive than plain old "Fireman" as if to personify the job.
It is a tough job but I think most people know what a Fireman or Firefighter is and what we do. I call myself and my fellow members, both Brothers and Sisters, of my profession, "Firemen". I'm not hung up on whether it is politically correct or not.
I grew up with the term Fireman. I like it much better than Firefighter. It has nothing to do with being traditional.
FIRE FIGHTER -see FIREMAN 1
FIREMAN 1) A member of a company organized to fight fires.
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01-24-2001, 02:24 PM #10Fire LineFirehouse.com Guest
Emergency Incendairy extinguishing technician
Grandfather was a fireman for CP Rail
I'm a firefigher
01-24-2001, 02:26 PM #11FireRebelFirehouse.com Guest
Firefighter.....just sounds better.....
01-24-2001, 02:41 PM #12AdzeFirehouse.com Guest
I call myself both interchangeably...nowadays I say Firefighter more than Fireman. Don't know why...maybe because I am certified as FireFIGHTER 2 and not Fireman 2...
01-24-2001, 02:52 PM #13iwood51Firehouse.com Guest
Firefighter. I am far from PC in many respects, but I guess I am PC on this although that is not the reason. I think it is more descriptive of the work we do and it has nothing to do with wanting to sound macho.
Does anyone remember Farenheit 451? The firemen lit fires, they didn't fight them.
Trivia question that you should all know. Why was the title of the book (and movie)Farenheit 451?
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01-24-2001, 02:57 PM #14RJEFirehouse.com Guest
My first uniform shirt said "Probationary" on an orange tag over the pocket. My second one said "Firefighter".
Although, after I went through ones that said "FF/EMT", FF/EMT-A", and "FAO", I still called myself a firefighter. The only time I ever heard "Fireman" in conversation, it was referring to E-3 & below non-rates in the engineering section on a Navy ship. If it was a civilian ship I think they'd be called "stokers", but the Navy calls them Firemen. They grow up to be "Boiler Technicians" or "Machinist's Mates"
01-24-2001, 03:11 PM #15FFTrainerFirehouse.com Guest
I vote for FireFighter. Although with the amount of shoveling of snow from hydrants so far this winter I could probably be mistaken for the poor Fireman shoveling coal into a furnace on a locomotive....
01-24-2001, 03:36 PM #16benford1Firehouse.com Guest
Definitely a FIREFIGHTER!
To me, a fireman is just some one, male or female, that belongs to the fire dept. that just pust the wet stuff on the red stuff. A firefighter is someone, male or female again, that has put in the time a training to understand all they can about fire and different ways to FIGHT it, whether through suppression tactics or by prevention all together.
*****The opinions expressed are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of my department********
01-24-2001, 03:41 PM #17ENGINE18-3Firehouse.com Guest
I use both interchangeably. Official rank is Firefighter and when in the public introduce myself as Firefighter Grudzinski. But most of the public still refers to us as Firemen.
The statements above are my own opinions
FF Greg Grudzinski
Oaklyn Fire Dept.
01-24-2001, 04:24 PM #18Ladder ManFirehouse.com Guest
I like the term FIREMAN...Since women are not men they should be called FIREFIGHTERS. If a woman wants to be called a FIREMAN, so be it. If a man wants to be called a FIREFIGHTER then so be it. If your feelings get hurt because of a title, GROW UP! As far as the Dictionary Wars are concerned, I have looked up the word FIREMAN, and FIREFIGHTER in 7 different dictionarys. In all, the number 1 definition refers to each other, and putting out fires. The number 2 definition for FIREMAN is one who works on a boiler. It's pretty safe to assume that in forums that talk about the fire service, when people talk about FIREMEN, they are talking about the number 1 definition. If your dictionary says the number 1 definition is someone who works on a boiler, then you will probably have a tough time figuring out what everyone else is talking about...
01-24-2001, 05:50 PM #19Engine 101Firehouse.com Guest
We are refered to as Firefighters,But little kids tend to call us Firemen
01-24-2001, 05:51 PM #20DFDRevFirehouse.com Guest
I usually go by Chaplain!
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