I wanted to know what you guys do in your spare time when there is nothing to do at the station. Are you allowed to drive the truck around or something.
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Thread: Spare Time?
03-18-2001, 04:13 PM #1Fireman2001Firehouse.com Guest
03-18-2001, 05:01 PM #2Firekatz04Firehouse.com Guest
Fireman2001, I'm kinda confused on your ??? Are you asking "paid" guys who are at the station for x hrs. a day or are you asking vollies that are just "hanging out"? Or is this question to "off duty paid ff's" or "at home vollies" as to what they do in their liesure time?
03-18-2001, 05:47 PM #3LFD2203Firehouse.com Guest
let's see, after house duties, co. inspections, training, locating pvt. hydrants, yes, if there is nothing else to do, we would "go for a ride". nothing is better for learning the streets than getting out there and looking at them. in lex., any time you went out of the station not on a run, to training, the maint. shop, etc., you got on the radio and put yourself out on driver's training. you may have been going to the grocery store, wal-mart, where ever.
if you are bored, go learn something!
03-19-2001, 10:48 AM #4Captain GonzoFirehouse.com Guest
"Spare time" in a career fire department is a rare occurrence. The day begins with a quick check of PPE, the offgoing shift updating the oncoming shift of what went on during the previous tour of duty. The Officers have to take care of the morning paperwork (filling out the shift card, faxing the information to Fire Alarm, taking care of meal slips for those who are working overtime, assigning the inspections, etc.) After breakfast, house work and truck checks come next, followed by inspection details and training, which can be in the morning or afternoon.
Night tours are usually quiet, most of our EMS refresher and recertification classes are between 18:00 and 22:00 hours on night tours (these are open to other fire departments...that's why the night schedule works for these)
When there are quiet moments...I spend them reading the trade magazines (Firehouse, Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue, JEMS) and studying for promotional exams or setting up lesson plans for our public fire education program in the schools.
Firefighters: rising to accept the challenge!
03-30-2001, 08:46 PM #5ffWeberFirehouse.com Guest
Two words: fire prevention.
Company 13, FVFAC
03-30-2001, 10:37 PM #6Big ZeeFirehouse.com Guest
Look at it this way, in the end its just like any other business (phones to answer, paperwork to be completed, etc). Some Lt's like folks to stay busy and others don't care. If you are the type of person that can't sit still, don't become a Firefighter. There is only so much one can study or clean, before you need to take a nap.
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