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    Default fammily members in emergency services?

    While reading thru the list of FDNY members, I have seen many members of the same family in the department. It would be interesting to know how many fire departments have multiple family members and in families how many serve in emergency services. My dad has two sisters. between my dad and his sisters there are 5 kids. 1=vol firefighter- Emt-I, 2-volunteer firefighters-emt's, 1-professional firefighter-paramedic, 1-police officer-emt. 4 different fire departments and 1 police department. 2 states Texas and South Dakota

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    I had 27 years service time as a member of a VFD. My oldest son is a career firefighter in suburban Philadelphia, and my daughter was a member of the Junior FD in Baltimore County... until she discovered boys...

    So... I guess one could say there was some influence...
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    I have been with my department for almost 4 years. My father is the chief (ya, I get it pretty bad sometimes). My mother does most of the other admin. work. My younger sister is waiting to come of age to join as a JR.

    Never had any problem with family getting in the way. Although, for the first little while I never did anything more then traffic and get tools. But in the last two years I have proven that it was me that made the department, and being the chief's son had nothing to do with it. It took a while, but I got through it. There was one call where I was treated differently because I was his son, but now that I look back at it, it was the right choice (Propane tanker rolled and was venting its 38 000 litres of propane. My father was IC, I was told to organize traffic, 4km away.) Later, he told me if that thing had have blown during the initial evacuation of the area, he didn't want both of us on "the list." I never thought of it at the time, I just thought of the job we needed to do.
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    My grandpa retired as chief in 1980, a month after he retired, me dad joined and is still going at it. My uncle did it for awhile, and now I have been a member for two years now.

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    3 Generations. My uncle, myself and now my son. My grandson also wants to join when he's old enough. It's in the genes

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    Three of us-myself, father in-law, and his son. All on the same dept. Sometimes in the same rig. One nice thing is all it takes in one phone call many times to say that some one else will have to finish the steaks and tators-because there dare da was...gone, again.
    I don't get paid-the hours are terrible-but I'm doing what I enjoy, and that's good enough for me!

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    I am an emt-in-training and firefighter in Wisconsin. My uncle is a fire/rescue Lt. in Las Vegas, and my cousin is a medic in the Ohio Air National Guard. And my boyfriend is a medical evacuation specialist in the USAF.

    We find a lot to talk about. But in recent weeks, we've been a great support to eachother!
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    On my Department, we have a lot of family members on the department. Fathers and sons, father and daughter, cousins, uncles, brothers and in-laws. A few firefighters got on the job when their Dad retired from the fire department.

    Actually , we are all family!
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    three gen
    my dad my uncle and me
    my dad and me on the same rig does not happen much but when it does look out where going to town
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    Grandpa was a police officer, Dad's a retired police officer, I'm a career firefighter, had to break the tradition, one brother is a police officer, the other is a correctional services officer and my son wants to become a firefighter.
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    My uncle was a captain in FDNY. I joined the volunteer fire department because of him. I also have 4 cousins in FDNY. Two are stationed in Manhattan, 1 in Staten Island, and 1 in Brooklyn. Went up in a Mack Baker Aerialscope (TL-79) as a kid at a drill and was hooked since then
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    We have a fair amount of family in our department. Our past Chief, that retired earlier this year, and retired Asst Chief are brothers. Our current Chief has his brother as a firefighter. We have a father and son, both Captains, and our current Asst Chief has two son-in-laws. Alot of family

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    My dad (god rest his soul) was a Chief Forest Warden in Virginia for the Division of Forestry, and a volunteer firefighter

    His Brother was on the Firefighting brigade for the Philadelphia Gas Works

    I started as a junior firefighter at Age 13 30 years ago (was also career...still volunteer)

    My 18 year old son started as a junior firefighter at age 16 and now has his certifications as a senior member...(I am proud of him)

    My girlfriend is a firefighter/Paramedic in Florida where we live.

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    aside from my husband's uncle, who was a volunteer firefighter, I guess you could say my husband and I are first generation firefighters.

    I often wish we came from firefighter families, since our families worry or wonder why the hell we do this for "free." Don't get me wrong, for the most part they are very supportive, but not having those "genes" in the family can be tough at times.

    Even with all the tragedy, I would be proud if my future children wanted to become firefighters or rescue personnel.

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    2nd Generation: my father is a retired officer in my department, my brothers were members, and my father-in-law is a retired Captain from Milford, CT.
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    I thought I was the only family for ahwile, but have learned that My grandfather was a Volunteer Fire Captain. I now have several uncles and Cousins that have become Firefighters and at least one police offier.

    No other direct family though.
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    Oh boy... I'm the Brother in law of a former Chief of our dept. (retired and moved south). His daughter was a firefighter (first female in the dept.). My son is in now.
    Other families represented... current Chief has a brother that's and ***'t Chief. Their father was a firefighter as well as their grandfather. Current Chief's daughter was a junior. His brother-in-law is the son of ANOTHER past Chief. Brother in law has another brother in the dept. and another brother that WAS a member.
    Another family... one guy joined, then his dad and brother.
    Captain's dad was a member and former officer.
    Lieut. has a brother that was a member who went away to school and did a "live-in" program down at PG, Md.
    President's son was a member.
    Actually, there's several more, but you get the drift! D:

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    Three generations here too. My Grandfather was a retired career Captain as well as a volunteer, my father is an Asst Chief and is a former volunteer Captain, my brother is a career firefighter and a volunteer Lieut. I am not career...yet, but hope to be very soon. Also have one uncle in the Vol FD, and a deceased uncle that was a vol firefighter for quite a few years. My two year old daughter absolutely LOVES the fire department......someday......hopefully before she discovers boys.
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    I'm a 2nd generation career f.f., my grandad started it, when I was just a baby! The VFD I still belong to has a mutual aid dept. that we all swear the members are related! They ar'nt but we terase them that they are! They do have several members of 1 family on the dept. though!

    Remember our fallen brothers, and god bless all firefighters in this strange and brutal world where we do whatever takes, everyday. And always remember 9-11-01 and the FDNY!!!

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    Great Grandfather died fighting a Northern Calif. Forest Fire in the 20's. Father a retired Cop. Both Brothers are Cops. I escaped the dark side and have been a paid Firefighter in the Bay Area for 7yrs./15yrs. total in emergency services. Brother-in-Law a Capt. with a Dept. in Southern Calif.

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    My grandfather was a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's mounted posse, my dad was a reserve policeman for the city I grew up in, I have several members of my immediate and extended family that are or were with the California Highway Patrol, the US Forestry Service fire crews, various volunteer and career fire departments in California, Arizona and Nevada. I'm Chief of my city fire department and I have a seven year old daughter that says "I want to be a firefighter like you daddy".
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    My grandfather is volunteer Firefighter for over 50 years now. My dad is County Fire Chief been in the service 30 years now. I am a volunteer Firefighter/EMT-I approaching 5 years now. I am a paid Fire/EMS/Law Dispatcher for 2 years now. My younger brother is a volunteer Firefighter in same department as my grandfather and I. There are two brothers, and various other mixtures throughout the County (12 stations, 250+ firefighters).

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    our chief is about 40-45 (heck of a good guy) but before he became chief his dad was on the f.d. but he retired. then the chief's wife is also on the dept. She is one TOUGH lady. she cusses like a guy plus she can drive the trucks better than most of the guys. .
    we also got a father and son on our fire dept.

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    I'm 1st generation:

    I've been on the department for going on 4 years. (FF/EMT)

    My little brother just went off to college...and three weeks later he decided to join the volunteer FD where he goes to school...just started EMT class.
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    To start at the begining. My Grandfather was the Chief for one year and 30+years of active service. My grandmother was active for 20+years (starting in 1962). My father was Chief for one year and had 20+years of service. My mother is on here 19th year of active service and is Safety Officer currently. My sister had 5 years and was a Lt. My Wife has 13 years of active service and is Resuce Captain (also she was Fire Marshall at the South Pole Station in Antartica for one year). And I was Chief for two years and current serve as Fire Captain.

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