1. #51
    CFD14
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    Good answer, I only work a shift when the full timer doesn't want to, like I posted earlier. Vacations, Holidays or relief shifts when the full time staff doesn't want to cover it. We won't ever have a reduction of full time staff, only an increase if our city would continue to expand and grow.

  2. #52
    CaptainRescue75
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    Maybe people should start looking at this whole career vs. volunteer issue in a different light. I should know, since I was a volunteer for 10 years before recently going career.

    In the department in which I am a Career Captain, we have ONE unified chain of command. We have a Career Chief, Volunteer Deputy Chief, three Career Captains, one Volunteer Captain, and several Lieutenants (can be either career or volunteer, and we have had both). Our department does not have volunteer medics/fire fighters or career medics/fire fighters. We have "TECHNICIANS" and "OFFICERS". The fact that one person receives a pay check and another doesn't receive on does not change the fact that we are all here to do the same job and that is "to protect and to serve our public" to paraphrase things.

    As has been said in previous posts, 1) some volunteers are more knowledgable than some career personnel and vice-versa and 2) this garbage of career vs. volunteer needs to stop!

    Just my two cents...

  3. #53
    dumbhosehead
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    Would you take orders from a drunk volly officer or a "CAREER" officer who has to take exams to be promoted!!!!

  4. #54
    KBHFD11
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    My district... 8 paid full time, 60 volunteers.. If you do not wish to follow orders, don't be on the department. I guess you all would say career firefighters are professional firemen.. NOT! The whole department is professional because we all have pride in one another. If you don't trust ppl. how can you fight fire w/ them? PAID & VOLUNTEER.. same thing. Do the same job, have the same training. How can you say one is better than the other?]

    Kevin
    Louisville, Ky volunteer, soon to be paid.
    Firefighter/EMT

  5. #55
    dumbhosehead
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    That is the problem with vollies, how can you claim to be a "PROFESSIONAL" when vollies have bars in their firehouse and don't tell me it's only for parties?????

    How can you claim to be a "PROFESSIONAL" when the only thing you need to be promoted is the amount of time you have been a member of a department and you think an officers position is owed to you or your best friends are the majority of voting members in the department?????

    Do you have minimum requirements or some type of testing to be in that officers position?????

    Most volly houses don't, and you want them to give you orders, I THINK NOT!!!!

    LONG LIVE THE INTERNATIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. #56
    CAPNJEFF1202
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    In my area, this is how it works, a simple lesson in authority and chain of command:

    A Lieutenant outranks a Firefighter,
    A Captain outranks a Lieutenant,
    A Deputy/Assistant/Battalion Chief outranks a Captain,
    A Chief outranks everyone (except of course, the Safety Officer)

    My dept (part paid/POC) gets along and works well with the career/union depts. When they come to our scene they take direction and orders from us, and vice versa. It's called TEAMWORK!

    Let the union vs "vollie" issue die already.

  7. #57
    KBHFD11
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    First of all why don't you take off your union hat, bumper stickers, ect. And come join the team man...
    We are all firefighters and for you to say your better than me because I'm a volunteer is BS. I've paid my dues, took my test, past drills, and for that I don't want to hear that I'm a nobody. If I was on a fire ground and gave you a order, I would expect it to get done or you would be finding a new line of work. Not all fire departments are in po dunk county. We ALL have to take test to be promoted, have to do drills w/ one another, and we ALL fight fires together. It's a brotherhood, it's a family! Thats the problem w/ some of you "career" fireman. I think you all forgot that. We would the fire service be w/out volunteers? It was founded on ppl volunteering. We are not expected to make ever run thats why we are VOLUNTEERS..duh.
    I for one can run circles around a lot a paid firemen. I guess it's because their hands are still greasy from the bags of potato chips they have been munching on.

    With that I'm done... To EVERYONE be safe

    Kevin

  8. #58
    dr inferno
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    KBHFD11: This whole thing doesn't apply to me as I don't have to work under volunteer officers but you are way out of line. Just because you are a volunteer that don't make you an equal. Hell because I can hold and identify an open end wrench does that make me an automotive technician? No. Because I can go into court and have a traffic ticket knocked down or thrown out does that make me a lawyer? Hardly!! You are trying to compare apples to oranges and as everyone knows they are not the same. As for the potato chip thing once again a poor attempt at slinging mud on the (and I'll use your words) brotherhood and family. Go pick up your notes and study harder so next time you can pass the exam and make it as a career man.

    BTW: The sign on the door reads CAREER/PAID FIREFIGHTERS FORUM so the union stuff stays.

  9. #59
    KBHFD11
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    I don't know how things work in your part of the country buddy but in ours WE all work together. Like I said, here career firefighter have to and will follow orders from volunteer officers. I am an equal, regaurdless if I'm a volunteer. You want to know why, because long after I am hired at my fire department I will remember that I WAS a volunteer. I can see that I will never get my point across here. You see what you want to see. I fight fire, just like you. I clean and do house chores, like you. The only difference is I'm not paid. Why are we so different then? Were not... Burst the bubble man, I put my life on the line every day to. So, don't give me that crap of "career fireman are better". They are not better.
    By the way, let me pull the mud that your throwing off my face and say. I WILL be hired within a month, so I guess I studied enough..
    I will not look down on volunteers though, it takes a special person to volunteer.
    CHAIN OF COMMAND is the name of th game, you sound like a free lancer.
    For the record, my fire department has 2 paid chiefs. So not all of our officers are volunteers.
    Kevin
    Firefighter/EMT



    [This message has been edited by KBHFD11 (edited 05-29-2001).]

  10. #60
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    Dr insano and dumbasshosehead you guys are a trip are you serious or just a couple of people out to stir the pot. I do em both and like I've said before both have great guys and both have idiots your posts tell me which of the groups you fall into. And as to hold a wrench not making you a mechanic, holding a hose doesn't make you a firefighter go back to watering lawns I'm printing your posts I need some toliet paper.

  11. #61
    dr inferno
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    KBHFD11: Obviously if being a volunteer is such a great deal to you maybe you shouldn't take a career job and keep being the golden child you think you are by doing a job for free. Just cause you are a volunteer don't think the sun shines out of your ***, being a volunteer is a double edged sword you can be a professional in one instant and then when things go badly you can use the catch all phrase "What do they expect we are just volunteers?" Once you take the job as a career man and understand how the volunteer aspect fits in your views may change.

    570eck:You have the balls to call a couple of union brothers idiots? Now that is pathetic. You as a career man should have the pride to defend your profession and choose your side as the politicians in your area may decide that if there are this many people willing to do the job for free what a great savings for the municipality!! Use your words carefully as they might come back and bite you on the ***. As for my analogy of the mechanic and firefighter, here's another one for ya. Just cause you have a computer and it has spelling and grammar check don't mean that you are smart enough to use it.

    PS If you are going to use our posts as toilet paper that's fine just remember to pull your head out of your *** before you sit down.

    [This message has been edited by dr inferno (edited 05-30-2001).]

  12. #62
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    Hey boy's - it's been a while since I've stoped by this forum.

    Well, Well, Well,
    I see we have a new member of the scab company. 570eck that's you!

    KBHFD11: You bring up a good question - Where would the fire service be without volunteers? It would be a carreer service. Did you ever wonder why there are so few fire jobs? And wonder why it takes so long to get hired? And why there is so much compitition for the job? It's because people like you volunteer and don't create enough of a need to fill your position with a paid position. And for those of you who have no intentions of being a carreer firefighter then good job! You provide a wonderful service to your comunity. KBHFD11 hope you don't become a scab when you get on the job. I'm sure your local is looking forward to your resignation letter to your volunteer dept.

    dumbhosehead & dr. inferno - Way to go brothers!

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  13. #63
    570eck
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    First off Doc. good one on the sitting down thing. Now I've never been BIG city or will I ever probably be, so I can't speak from your vantage. My vollie town was so poorly managed in past years that they are trying to do away with the pd because they can't afford it, how in the hell are they gonna afford a paid fire dept.. Easy answer they can't, does that mean that my neighbors don't deserve the help that my training and experience bring them. Do all the guys who run up a storm about scabs see an accident and say the hell with it, someone thats getting paid to do it will be along to take care of it, I realy hope not. I'm not downing union guys or trying to down any part of it, but sometimes you need to get off your highhorse and help out the little guy. Another question for scab haters your dept. has a call, small job, but right next door are you saying the hell with it then let them take care of it I'm off, or do you help pull a line. I appoligize for any misguided thoughts about me downing the union or members of it was not intended in any way. My point is, some towns will never ever be able to afford a paid dept. and bringing in a neighboring town is a good idea but the five-ten minute trek across town might be too long. I didn't sign up for the paycheck I did it because I like making the differnce in peoples life, I just happen to get paid for the best job going.

  14. #64
    CanMan24
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    Keith A8,

    Since you are such the "glorious" Union member you say you are, you would know the correct terminology behind the term "SCAB". A "SCAB" is a Union member who volunteers in a CAREER, UNIONIZED house, who crosses the Union by-laws! Any Union member who is volunteering in a 100% volunteer house is nothing more than a dedicated VOLUNTEER who chooses to help people outside the pay-check. And if this is what a Career/Union member chooses to do with their OWN time is there perogative. If we needed someone like yourself to hold our hands and tell us what we CAN and CAN NOT do I am sure we would all move back home to our mama's place!! I think if Ben Franklin could see your infantile, pitiful comments, he would be rolling over in his grave. Because Keith, since you are a smart guy, you should know........Ben Franklin founded the FIRST VOLUNTEER fire department in the nation! And don't try and debate my theory, I did a major term paper on this in college and scored excellent scores and reviews for my FINE work!! I think you need to look at the big picture here. Yeah, Keith helps his City or County by being a IAFF member....GREAT, BLOW MY LOAD, HAPPY FOR HIM!!! If it weren't for some of the country's lower income VOLUNTEER departments and VOLUNTEERS out there, some communities wouldn't have fire protection. And yeah, you can debate me and say "Well, then put paid men/women in there" If the community can't pay for career staffing, the only other alternative is VOLUNTEERS!!! As I stated a few replies back. I am both career and volunteer, however.....I run with a 100% volunteer house with no career or unionized members, so I can not, and WILL NOT be referred to as a "SCAB". So Keith....Go enjoy your fully paid, fully funded career as a IAFF member. I know I enjoy my career and enjoy my volunteering. I wouldn't want to do anything else in the world. It seems as if you aren't a "true" brother who likes to bring the morale together, but only brings it down. Maybe you should start your own Union or fire department and name it......."I am a smart guy,IAFF Local 1234 Fire Department" and leave us do what we enjoy. Go get bent and stop talking out both orifices. Enough said, because I am sure you will have a much more intelligent reply of why YOU think there shouldn't be any volunteers!

    Pennsylvania FF/EMT-24
    Love this job- "HATE KEITH A8"

    [This message has been edited by CanMan24 (edited 05-31-2001).]

  15. #65
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    Dr.
    Beinga volunteer is a big deal to me, because I'm proud of everyone that takes the time to do it. As for me, I'm ready to move ahead a make a living doing what I love. When I'm hired I will not look down on volunteers that I will still train and fight fires with though. By the way, the comment about the sun coming out of my ***. Put some glasses on dude. I don't want to hear it. How are you going to even compare what my fire department does with yours. You know nothing, and I couldn't even begin to explain. My fire department is not the only one in the county, and it's not the City of Louisville fire department. There are 21 different departments in the county. 126 sq. mile district. All department are combination departments. You know what that is don't you? Paid/volunteers.
    See we all work together.
    It's not like being on a double edeged sword. We all work together! If something happens, it's the fire department. Not the volunteers! We have had a fatality. Not many people know how that feels, hope they don't have to find out. Thats besides the point. It wasn't a volunteer thing, it was a arson thing. **** happend.
    My views will not change because I know where I came from, and I sure as hell know where I'm going. Hopefully one day I'll be your boss. Then let me hear you bad mouth volunteers. I hope you get mad about that comment. Cause if you do, it will be you just making an *** out of yourself again.
    Why can't you just say, volunteers do the same job?
    If you truly beleive they are worthless there is only one thing I can do. That is turn my head. But know this, you will be making all career firefighters look bad.
    KEITH:
    My county has not yet adopted the union. My whole family is union, and I at my present job am union. So, when I'm hired I won't be.
    My department is combination, so I do not have to resign. It's the same department.
    Thanks for backin me up though brother.

    Kevin

    [This message has been edited by KBHFD11 (edited 05-31-2001).]

  16. #66
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    I dont think the professional/vollie thing should make a difference.You can tell by listening to the officer giving the orders if he has a clue as to what he is doing or not.If he knows what he is doing I will listen to him,if he doesnt know I will buck him,Doesnt matter much to me if he is paid or not.I am a career ff and currently an officer of a busy company.We occationally assist the vollies in the local area.Most of the time when we arrive the vollie oic will meet with me and explain what they have and ask what do I think.Then together we will decide what my company will do.We both normally show mutual respect to each other.I show him respect because I know its his scene and him to me because he knows I have more hands on experience most of the time.There only seems to be one exception locally and that is with a vollie chief who keeps trying to take over our city ems with a dept that doesnt answer half of the calls they receive in their own district. Of course half of his own men dont respect him either.

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    KBHFD11: Once again you sling your mud and garbage around the career forum. You are telling me that you are going to be hired soon. Great good for you, but until then do not come in this forum with your one sided views talking about the views of a volunteer in a composite department. (You know what composite is don't you? Career/volunteer) The composite factor is always going to be contentious at best. Once you get hired and find yourself facing the issues that union brothers are trying to rectify on a daily basis you will probably find yourself rethinking your views. Just for clarification purposes I did not in either post defame the volunteer fire service, I did however make the point that they are not the same. Once again you have taken my post and misconstrued the information. (Part of good reading skill is comprehension.) As for being my boss I doubt it, as my area has strict guidelines in hiring the most qualified and educated and already career person.

  18. #68
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    look i have been a vol for two years, the first to respond to me is the ic, but trust is important, but i get an order i follow then ask questions later. i guess being in the millitary has a lot to do with it. but to my time being in the fire service i have yet to have a request that was out of line. we are all called to do the same thing. right???

    stay safe

  19. #69
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    First off, I work in an all career department so this is not a personal issue for me and I don't really know the inner workings or politics of combination departments that have both volunteer and career personnel. I'm just trying to think this out and see where I really stand on this issue. For years I've been hearing this career/volunteer battle and usually just fluff it off because it hasn't affected me.

    Speaking as a career firefighter, if we were on the same department, I would probably resent being told what to do by someone from Bob's Boat Yard, or Tony's Texaco Station, or Wal-Mart, or wherever, who shows up at fires (when he can make it) and has been given a title. If that was the department's policy, I would have to follow it but would still resent it. Can't help it, it's how I feel.

    I'm sure if I was the volunteer officer, I would feel totally different. I would probably say, "Hey this is policy, follow it or quit."

    I know I'm walking the fence here, but that's what this issue is all about. It just depends what side of the fence you're on.



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    Bishop10
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    volunteer firefighters..........that is why there are Career Firefighters

    [This message has been edited by Bishop10 (edited 06-01-2001).]

  21. #71
    Brian Dunlap
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    Originally posted by dumbhosehead:
    Would you take orders from a drunk volly officer or a "CAREER" officer who has to take exams to be promoted!!!!
    So what you are saying is all Volunteer Officers are Drunks and all Career Officers, because they are book smart, and get a pay check are god ? Think again....All Firefighters/Fireofficers No matter thier status { Career or Volunteer } are where they are because of thier knowledge and experience { Although Some Vollie Companies play the popularity game which I personaly think is bad business } If a department is combo paid/volunteer and it just so happens that the vollie officer arrives before the career staff....then so be it he/she is in charge period until relieved by a higher ranking department officer....There should be no question. Now if the Volly Officer is Drunk as you claim all Vollie Officers are than they should be removed from the scene and the first senior ranking firefighter {again career or vollie } is in charge.
    Why is it that some and I say Some Guys { Such as your-self } in career firefighter positions think that because you are career firefighters that you are above everyone who volunteers ? Let me remind you that Volunteers were here long before the Career Departments and long before the I.A.F.F. -- You are not above anyone...We Vollies { or Hooples as some of you like to call us } went through the same training{ and in some cases more because we don't wine when we don't get paid to go additional training }
    Fire looks at us both in the same manner so why the expressed hatred towards us hooples ? I don't understand as I'm sure you don't either but because a few of your "Union Brothers" decided they don't think vollie firefighters are worth a sh** or vollie officers should be comanding "paid guys" you decided to jump the band wagon....
    as most in the I.A.F.F. have done when it comes to these arguments. Seriously dumbhosehead...I'm sure you are an excellant firefighter and proud of your job ...I know I would be but give us Vollies a break you might actually learn something from us...We're not all a bunch of drunks { I Personally don't drink alcohol at all }

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  22. #72
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    The way I remember it being for the military is that you follow any lawful order from any superior officer, regardless of if he/she is your direct commander or even in your brach of service. The same should apply to the fire service. I realize that they are not the military, or even close, but the basics here should be the same. Like someone else said, if you refuse an order to do something, someone else will, and you stand there looking like an ***.

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  23. #73
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    NOTE*** I thought this was the paid/career firefighters forum, for career firefighters to share ideas and experiences. The volunteer forum is the next one down. If you don't like the topic or answers go to the volly site. I don't go to your site and beat my chest or pat my back. So all this were better than you stuff is fine, at your volunteer forum not here. The average career firefighter (especially from combo depts) feel we provide a better service. So What. I feel on average we provide a much better service. I'm sure you feel different, again so what!! I could give a crap! The topic was taking orders from a volunteer officer. Here in the paid/career ff forum most can't fathom it. For me working in a combo dept, It is a disgrace to the fire service that near braindead volunteers are elected Chief's!!! It should never happen! This is a big reason we don't have any political pull in Washington or get hardly any funding. How can you take the fire service seriously knowing what really goes on.

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    Very educated and well-thought reponse tkrzm.

  25. #75
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    Well Mr. Dunlap,
    I did not say all vollies are drunks. But it seems to me that you agree with what I said "{ Although Some Vollie Companies play the popularity game which I personaly think is bad business }".
    Has your department ever pulled a member off the scene because they were "drinking"?
    You even said that favoratism exists, does it exists in the town of Stratford?
    And if it does are you doing anything to change it?
    Do you want to risk your life for someone who was placed in office because they were popular or they went out drinking with the majority of voting members?
    I believe if you get paid to do a job you will work harder to do it, and if that is not true then we all should quit our full-time jobs and hang around waiting for the big one.
    I know what it is to be a volunteer, I have been one for 15 years and made it a career for 10. So I think I know how it is to be a volly.

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