Who's gonna ask the first question?
Oh, wait, I just did that! http://www.firehouse.com/interactive/boards/wink.gif
Now that the ice-breaking is out of the way, how many here are from combination departments? 100% career departments?
I'm on a combination department, but our call people don't staff the stations - they respond directly to the fire scene. We had an A/C who thought the call people needed to learn how to drive and pump the trucks (I also half-agreed with him - I think everyone on the fireground should be able to operate the pump panel. Since our department isn't set up for the call people to drive, I don't think that part was necessary) Anyway, one call person was learning how to put the pump into gear, and as she put the truck back into "road" mode, she thought the standard transmission was in neutral - it wasn't! That poor old truck popped a "wheelie" and hopped a few times before it stalled. It was only pure luck that nobody was standing in front of the truck! Also, the still-attached soft suction was torn at the hydrant coupling, and the hydrant was turned about 45 degrees! No, it didn't even leak. But when the accident report hit the administration, that was the end of anyone but the full-timers being in the driver's seat.