Thread: Second Job?

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    82engine Guest

    Post Second Job?

    Just wondering how many full time firefighters work a second job. (I've noticed alot in Philly seem to be self-employed roofers.) How does your work schedule fit in with your firefighting shift work? Is your employer understanding or do you have an agreement with him?

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    Quint1Medic Guest


    I work part-time for a hospital. It's a handy place to work, 'cause it's open all the time. I can pretty much go in and work whenever I want!

    As for the other jobs FF's have, I think a lot of them are either self-employed tradesmen or work in fire-related (e.g. alarm companies) fields. That facilitates both scheduling and cooperation!

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    chevelle ss Guest


    Every f/f I know has some kind of second job.We work 24/72 so it is convenient.In my dept. we have 2 plumbers 2 electricians 2 pipe fitters 1 mason and a couple of contractors.

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    Kissmibut Guest


    I work both part time in a local e/r as a medic and do some roofing with a captain I work with who has his own construction company.

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    Lieutenant Gonzo Guest


    I write for a local newspaper and have an automotive detailing business on the side.

    We boldly go where no one else dares...
    take care and stay safe
    Lt. Gonzo

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    9m18 Guest

    Thumbs up

    I have two part-time jobs--- I am a fire inspector for the State Fire Marshal's office, and a fire inspector for a nearby town's department. Keeps me out of trouble--or in it--- off duty.

    Stay Safe.
    You asked for my opinion, now you have it. It's mine and mine only. Any similarity to another or purely coincidental.

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    engine10_iaff12 Guest


    I have a route that I do for a local hospital putting up "body/mind" health posters for employee wellness. It's only 2 days a month and pays very well, until the price of gas skyrocketed anyways....

    G.B. Yoho (member)
    IAFF Local #12
    Wheeling Firefighters
    Wheeling, WV.
    Be Alert and Be Safe!!!!

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    WOODMAN Guest


    Work for my brother mowing lawns sometime but
    mostly just stay at home spending time with
    my two boys and getting in the wife's way.

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    WSFDBILL Guest


    I also work part for a fire extinguisher service company....about half of our dept does work at some sort of part time work

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    fireman116 Guest


    I work part time for the county ambulance as an EMT-B, a part-time 911 dispatcher, and do computer work for local companies. Works well with our 24/48 work schedule.

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    Quigs Guest


    I work part-time for a towing company my days off. Boss is real flexible, and people are always breaking down and crashing.

    It's a good way to earn a little "play" money.

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    eng16ine Guest


    i work another f.d. where i live. its a mon-fri job 8-5 (yeah right)as if it ever 8-5. so i am usually working every off day from my reg 24 shift. plus emt school 2 nights a week. believe me i am just about spent. 2 f.d. jobs is just not the way to go

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    NCFiremedic Guest


    Work part time with a local Military hospital doing ACLS transfers and also cover some of the paid shifts at the combination Dept I vollie with.

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    Lt. Chester Guest


    I bartend part time -yes, even officers need PT jobs-- I can watch all the sports I want, Eat whatever want, and it's all CASH Money baby !!!! It's almost like being at the firehouse {sometimes}

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    BC White Guest


    I work for a concrete company in my fire district (5 other guy's from my department also work there).
    I like it because it keeps me up on the latest in building construction, they love my schedule (24 on, 48 off), and the money is good.

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    Les.H Guest


    Had quite a few jobs as well as being on shift. Before I joined up, I served an apprenticeship as a painter & decorater. So I use to Artex ceilings. I was also a retained firefighter, a secretary to a social club, a chairman of a bowls club and now and again I would see 'Er in Doors'. She would then task me with other jobs, which of course were unpaid.

    Other crew members had jobs as double glazing fitters, mechanics, drivers, window cleaners, removals, security and builders. I think the biggest job that most of them had was to keep it a secret from the tax man. The things we do for extra pennies.

    Kindest regards & keep safe,

    Sprinkle (UK)

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    Hacksaw Guest


    Here in Oz, specifically,NSW,second jobs or "Quarry" as we call it, is as varied as the sky.
    Guys will do anything if there is a quid in it!I put up real estate signs 2 days a week.
    But we all know the best "quarry" and that's when you're missus works.
    Then the second best is when you can jag some o/t at the fire station!
    So good luck!

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    Firediver Guest


    I work full time for a municipal fire dept., and I work part-time as a FF at a local airport. and I teach scuba.

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    Buck Guest


    I work at a union chemical plant as an operator. And on my days off I work as a scab firefighter for a combo dept.

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    Irish Emeralds Guest


    It figures, all great posts about what FF's do for a second job until buck from texas has to add his crap. I also have a second job working at home do investment transactions for friends and coworkers and sometimes daytrading.

    May your next tour be a safe one.

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    FireRebel Guest

    Thumbs down

    Scab Firefighter....come on know Buck, know one wants to hear that garbage, take it somewhere else!

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    willy164 Guest


    In my department....EVERYONE has a second/side job.We work a 10/14 schedule and it does seem to get a little hectic scheduling hours with our side work but somehow we all seem to survive the second income.A 10/14 schedule, technically, works out to an 8 day work week over an 8 week cycle so the FD schedule always advances a day over this cycle and makes it tough to work with your second job employer. The guys who do their own thing (self employed contractors) dont have a problem with this.However,those of us who "work for the public sector" have difficulties. Fortunately, my part time employer works with me. I work at a local Ice Rink driving a Zamboni. We have 4 full time employees and 4 part timers. (1 FF ((that would be me)) and 3 Police officers) Because we work shift work at our "real" jobs, it works out rather well. In todays economy, it is almost imperative that we have 2 incomes to survive (and sometimes 3 incomes in some cases as wife works full time also....and to boot....we have 3 payments....bills...etc, etc,etc,) The whole trick is to persevere and do what you have to do to survive.

    Willy Thompson
    Teaneck Fire Department
    Teaneck N.J.

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    tkrzm Guest


    Hey Willy, I'm from Jersey. How about getting me in on that Zamboni!!! Big Devils Fan!

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    Thomas Guest



    Seams like you offended some people. What do you mean by a "scab firefighter"?

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    Truck 2 Guest


    We work 10/14 like the Philly I drive 18 wheeler for a construction company part time and labor for them sometimes on scale jobs...... ! The guy that owns the company left our dept. to take over his dads company so they work with me very well plus he is a volly chief just outside the city now. It does get a little hectic once in a while leaving one job changing cloths and going right to the other one or was it the other

    Truck-2 C


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