With a wife and 3 kids, who we want to raise with their mother home, I have always hustled. In the winter, it's home heating oil, which had the added bonus of learning the streets since I wasn't raised in the town I work in. I've been at that for 9 years. In the warmer months, for the last 3 years, I hop to the other side of the fence, working for an oil tank removal and remediation enviromental contractor. Both places employ several firemen, so they know the drill. Works out great, although sometimes, I only see the wife and kids as I'm coming and going for a shower and a change of clothes when I'm on nights. But, my dad did the same thing for us when we were small, and if it avoids day care and the associated hassles, than it's worth it.
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02-11-2001, 12:17 PM #41Leroy140Firehouse.com Guest
03-01-2001, 12:41 PM #42LisbonTrainingOfficrFirehouse.com Guest
I work 24/24. Also vollie at home. They do more runs than my primary job. I also work for an electrical contractor. He is really good about overtime and time when I need it.
03-29-2001, 08:26 PM #43CCFDfiremedicFirehouse.com Guest
I work part time as a paramedic for the private ambulance company here in Vegas. Most of the people I know do have other jobs to keep you busy. We work a 5/6 schedule so 6 days off in a row leaves alot of extra time.
04-03-2001, 02:42 PM #44hot DAMNFirehouse.com Guest
Now I know that this might stir up some stuff.... but are you UNION roofers, Plumber, Electricians etc? If not, how do you feel about being scabs? Hope you all paid your union dues. IAFF all the way BABY!!!
04-03-2001, 09:32 PM #45Frkoe2Firehouse.com Guest
When im not doing my FF job in the city (10's 14's), I work as a paramedic on a non t/p unit in one of the suburbs. And yes, they are both union.
04-04-2001, 06:10 PM #46SireneFirehouse.com Guest
We have over 200 firefighters on our job and if you need something done you can usually find somebody on the job that does the work on their off days.
What a great way to save money.
Also a good way to make extra money.
04-06-2001, 08:00 PM #47RADFIREFirehouse.com Guest
Wish I had a cool job like Smooth Willy, but we all gotta do what we gotta do.....carpetcleaning here.
04-08-2001, 01:13 PM #48DOG 4035Firehouse.com Guest
My second job is with The Long Island Ducks Baseball Team, as an usher. The Ducks are in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The stadium seats 6500.
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04-08-2001, 03:36 PM #49Captain GonzoFirehouse.com Guest
Hot Damn...most of the firefighters who work in a trade as a second job are self employed. If they have other people working for them, chances are they are brother and sister firefighters!
They do not bid on large construction projects that unionized carpenters, electricians, welders, etc. would be working on. They more than likely do the small jobs, like building an addition to a house, changing over a service from fuses to circuit breakers, replacing a water heater, etc.
I do know of a brother jake who drives truck for a shipping company on his time off..and he holds a membership card from the Teamsters!
Firefighters: rising to accept the challenge!
04-12-2001, 01:26 AM #50AFD137Firehouse.com Guest
I work two off duty jobs: number one-U.S. Department of Justice-Instructor at the Center For Domestic Prepardness and the 2nd job is Driver/Supervisor Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, Alabama
04-12-2001, 02:20 PM #51Chief TaylorFirehouse.com Guest
My other jobs are: Working on medical staff at a sports/events arena. I was a Volunteer Fire Chief for four years but needed more family $$. I also work the summers as a wildland firefighter.
04-22-2001, 12:50 AM #52iaff1937Firehouse.com Guest
My second job is with the same city that I'm a firefighter with. I sub-contract to read water meters for the city's water department. It requires ALOT of walking and keeps me in great shape. The best thing of all is that I'm my own boss and I only put in about 40hrs. per month. I get paid by the meter not by the hours. The only draw back is the cold Mid-west winters.
05-09-2001, 08:35 PM #53FireLt1951Firehouse.com Guest
Spent my leave days as a teacher in one of the local high schools. They were very accepting and worked around my schedule. Taught government, history, sociology and science for the students taking college prep classes.
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06-09-2001, 05:26 PM #54FullerFirehouse.com Guest
About 95% of my department has a second job. I work 25-30 hours a week as a fire extinguisher service technician. Everybody be safe.
06-09-2001, 11:13 PM #55Lone HunterFirehouse.com Guest
Man,I can't believe so many of you work for someone "on the books".Most of my dept. works side jobs,almost all off the books.
Mostly self-employed construction trades.Btw window washing is very big,if you can't pull in $150-$200 for a 8 hour window job your doing something wrong.
06-24-2001, 11:28 AM #56gifd2144Firehouse.com Guest
I dispatch for my vollie dept for p/t work.
I see alot more action at home than work but then again with only 50 people on the island I work on and 35,000 at home makes sense.
06-24-2001, 04:43 PM #57Squadman911Firehouse.com Guest
I'm working part time for a local Vol. Rescue Squad. Only 12 - 24 hours a week Monday thru Friday. Drive the Medic Unit, Drive/Operate the Heavy Rescue and Operate the Boat. The only catch.....getting along with the volunteers. That's the hardest part of the whole gig. With our 24/48 schedule at my full time gig, it's easy to fit in family time.
06-25-2001, 10:48 AM #58FFD#30Firehouse.com Guest
We work 24/48, so on my two days I work for a local construction company building furniture and moving it for their model homes. I also build grain bins in the summer and help a buddy with field work in the spring and fall on his farm.
06-26-2001, 12:56 AM #59RLFD200Firehouse.com Guest
I just recently resigned from my part time job as a firefighter paramedic in my home town. Its hard putting up with the crap from two fire departments. Although I do love where I work full-time.
07-11-2001, 08:13 PM #60
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I work for an office furniture company that employs quite a few of us on off duty days. They have always been very flexible and understanding when it comes to working around our 24 on 48 off schedule. They allow us to work as many (or as few) days that we like.Crazy from the heat!!!
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