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    My last shift is Aug. 3 after that who knows when i will fight fire again. After that the next time i hear the sirens of the engine it will be as they pass me on the road. After three years on the department and two years as engineer i am calling it quits and moving. The department i really want to work for has a residentsy requirement and i have to live within a 100 miles for 1 year before i can apply. This is a big risk what if i don't get on what if i never ride on the engine again. But mainly what if i never spend my days and nights at the station with my extended family. I think this is what i will miss the most is the people i work with and the special relationship we have. So after aug. 3 i will be john Q. citizen working a regular job spending every night at home hearing the sirens pass and hearing of the tragedy on the news. I will surly miss my life as a firefighter. I hope that i will return soon and get on the job on the department that i have dreamed of working for since i became a firefighter nine yars ago.
    I PROVIDE A NAMELESS FACELESS SERVICE TO A COMMUNITY THAT RARELY KNOWS HOW MUCH THEY NEED ME IF I AM CALLED FROM A SOUND SLEEP TO SACRIFICE MY LIFE TRYING TO SAVE THE PROPERTY OR LIFE OF SOMEONE I DO NOT KNOW I WILL DO SO WITHOUT REGRET
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    Good luck Lt, stick with the dream. I hope it works for you.

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    Default GOOD LUCK LT.

    LT TAKE CARE AND GOOD LUCK!

    I look foward to seeing you on the forums soon

    Just curious which department are you shooting for? Just asking
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    Good Luck to you! Hey, maybe you can volunteer while waiting for the other job.

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    Good luck with the new career Dan. I hope that although you won't be "on the job" anymore, you won't leave us out in the cold. Stay in touch, eh.
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    Good luck Lt. I have to agree with 27, just because you aren't working doesn't mean you can't drop in and say hey. Don't be a stranger.

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    Good luck Bro! I agree with Bones. If the oppurtunity exists to volunteer while you're working to get hired, it's a good way to keep your hand in the fire service. Us volunteers provide a good extended family as well.
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    I want to work for Houston. The job i am taking is going to keep me out of town alot and i won't have the time to volunteer. I am going to try to find the time to keep my ce hours up. I am taking a job as a safty coordinator with a company that does maintance on petrolum plants. One of the reasons i am leaving the department is the chief and the city. I am tired of working for a chief and city that does not belive in the firefighters. We run a two man shift and the city has backed out of adding more firefighters the chief won't stand up for what is best for our safty and the citizens we protect. He is there two days a week and is just there to get the extra $$ to pay his son tuition for collage. He is a Lt. on Ft. Worth and that is where he makes his living. His decisions are not the best for us or the department. The hiring and promotions are made by you good standing with the chief not your qualifications or ability to do the job. With this new budget he gets his ford excursion we get our pay raises cut and don't get anymore firemen. the city better hope I don't get hurt or killed becouse of inadquate staffing If I do I hope my wife makes them pay and take responsibility for their decisions. A little over three years ago we had three firefighters killed at a church fire in our city. Our city was just happy that they wasn't sued over the deal and the chief is lucky he didn't go to prision. My heart goes out to the citizens we protect they get great firefighters within three minutes of the call but they don't get enough. Basically we are not giving the city adequate fire protection and we are not protecting ourselves as we respond. I feel the city and the chief should be held responsable for the short commings of the fire department. This month was my ninth year as a firefighter the first six as a voulnteer. I miss the days of being a volunteer after i get on in houston i am going to volunteer somewhere. I will deeply miss the service I will even miss Mr. Shiply who we pick up off the floor three times a week. Most of all I will miss the apprecation he shows us every time we show up. He doesn't care how many he just cares that we are there and that we will be there no matter when he calls for what ever the reason. I don't go to work for the chief or the mayor I go for the Mr. Shiply and the other citizens i try to protect. I will continue to come here and stay in contact with my brothers and sisters.
    I PROVIDE A NAMELESS FACELESS SERVICE TO A COMMUNITY THAT RARELY KNOWS HOW MUCH THEY NEED ME IF I AM CALLED FROM A SOUND SLEEP TO SACRIFICE MY LIFE TRYING TO SAVE THE PROPERTY OR LIFE OF SOMEONE I DO NOT KNOW I WILL DO SO WITHOUT REGRET
    From the book "The Heart Behind The Hero" from Jon Mc Duffie in memory of Joe Dupee LAFD

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    Best of luck to you lt. Hope things go well for you.
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    Wow. Good luck for all your aspirations Dan... and on a side note, you just reminded me to be grateful for how fortunate I am.
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    Wink My experience...

    Bro- I dont blame you for shooting for your dream job. But I got to share my experience real quickly. I was a career Firefighter in Las Vegas and really wanted to move back to Caifornia. I quit and it was a BIG mistake. Gave up the job security, decent pay, benes, etc to got back to school. I look back now and kick myself because I went from no debt to big debt. Now I am back in Cailf. with a great dept. and everyting is ok.

    I just wouldnt want someone else to go through the same thing I did. Maybe move closer to your dream dept. and commute in to work? Sounds like you could use a stronger union where you are now? If you work a 56 hour work week, try to be more flexible if you can between the two locations?

    Good luck..........

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    Dan,

    Best of luck! Having had to wait for 9 years before be able to get my dream shot.....I know exactly how you feel. Go for broke Brother!

    And thanks for reminding me of how lucky I am also..its amazing how you can let that slip away.

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    All the best, good luck brother!!!!
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    My dept. has some of the same shortcomings yours had, but Ican't afford to leave my job for another, to many years invested. Good luck, Dan.Hope you're able to get back to fighting fire soon.
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    Dan, good luck to you! And always go for your dreams!! Remember once a firefighter- always a firefighter

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    If somthing feels right, go for it. Rather than spend the rest of your life, thinking, "What IF??".

    Best wishes and good luck. Hope it all works out

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    I'm a Lt. with three + years in and my last day is about a wk after yours Dan. My department seems to be a larger version of yours. They didn't invent ignorance, but they have spent a great deal of energy perfecting it. I will miss the guys a great deal. However I will not miss that damn bell in the middle of the night. Some of the greatest moments in my life have been intertwined(sp?) with some of the most annoying and ignorant ones.

    But I leave with a valuable lesson from my time as a fire fighter:
    Bad is nessasary to recognize good.
    Good + Bad = Life

    Life is Great!!!



    A little luck to you Lt. Dan ( i can't give too much out or i won't have enough left over for myself ) - LoL


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    Lots of Luck to both of you!!

    Although I don't know either of you very well (except for my own deductions from reading your posts) I do believe the fire service is losing two excellent firefighters. Dan you'll attain your dream job at some point in your life, even if that dream changes over the years. Everything happens for a reason. So I've recently learned

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    Good luck Dan. If working for Houston is what you truly want to do I hope you're successful but I will say from first hand knowledge that you will experience the exact same things in HFD that you are leaving your current department because of.

    There is absolutely no support for Houston firefighters from either the city administration or the fire department command staff. The morale in HFD today is deplorable. The HFD command staff is petty and vindictive and the city administration has no respect for the firefighters and the job they do.

    As I said earlier, good luck and I wish you well.

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