08-09-2002, 07:17 PM #1
- Join Date
- Mar 2002
New school year and explorers/Jrs
School should be starting very shortly... I was wondering just how many of you are going to carry you're pagers to school and have them on in class. Tell me what you're response plans are. I'm no longer in school (graduated) so I'm free to respond. I think you guy should be able to have them with u, turn down low, just to keep track of what u guys get for calls. I've never had a problem with having mine in school, only the freshmen a few of em didnt like it, they thought I was just trying to be cool and just pretending to be a firefighter to act cool. Just goes to show how respectful younger folks are now in days. Even people my age disgust me (16-19).
Has anyone ever been picked on or mocked for carrying thier pagers?, I used to get people put thier hand over thier mouth making radio squack sounds with voices. I just ignored it, figured one day Ill be helping thier sorry rear-ends. Also have you guys had any troublesome explorers with pagers or scanners in school over abusing them or people who gotten picked on in school for being an explorer or junior. I've never been a junior or explorer, but I am quite small and such, I got picked on, on my school bus when my pager went off and I had to get off the bus and run to the station(after the school day). Also, have you guys ever been late to school because of a fire call. The only day I missed was a few weeks before graduation. Call came in about 630 am... house filling with smoke, I figured if its a working structure, they're going to need all the help they can have on scene. So I decided to respond, the rescue truck pulled over and grabbed me, I hopped in and geared up and helped one of our interiors pak up. Got on scene walked to the chief went to the house, and stood outside as safety/accountability officer. Due to my small stature, I cant do much of anything on a scene, I just recently got fire-police cert... turned out to be melted plastic, got on the pumper on the way home, went by the house and blasted the airhorn:-D wake up my sister to let her know I was back in town. The chief signed an excuse, got to school, signed in. Went to class, and the teacher got a little snippy, why are you late?, then I showed her the excuse her attitude changed quick.
Anyway let me know of you're experinces with firefighting and school, the use of pagers, explorers stories of calls during school, explorers who seemed to really be into it even carrying scanners on thier belts in school(done that before ).
Lets here it boys
Truxton Fire Dept
08-09-2002, 08:53 PM #2
Well this may not be popular opinion but I dont think you should have them on in school.But I dont worry I graduated and our post dont go to calls.
Anyway as far as the explorer thing goes- I got some heat from some burnouts and freshman but I just ignored them.Because I didnt walk around like a whacker or say I was a fireman or that Ive been to all the big calls.
However, here are good example of two kids makeing fools of themselves.And all the heat they get is brought on by themselves.
A now ex- police explorer (He got kicked out cause he pulled me over with the lights!He did that to other people before! ) is always getting ragged on becuase he drives a little ford escort and has blue police lights on it and pulls people over with them.
And we had a former explorer who was never an explorer in this town but thought he was fire marshall bill or something. One time he acuteally walked into his english class with turnouts on saying he just got back from a big MVA his famous quote was"When D------ gets busy they call me in". He always had a pager on a town that is like 11 miles from here cranked,and always had one of those Galls in-stock Vollunter Firefighter badges clipped to his belt.And he thought like the FBI or something was like working with him and that he was undercover or something.
Him and that police explorer had like this little club called the direct response team or something like they thought by carrying radios around that they were tough.They would acutally goto the mall with a scanner do like partols or something.
Anyway sorry for going alittle off there but those two gave explorers here bad name.But the Police and Fire explorers in this town are screening new peple now to aviod these whackers.
The names have been withheld to avoid embarassing them- and what was said above is fact, not a story-sadly enough.
Last edited by dfdex1; 08-09-2002 at 09:10 PM.
08-09-2002, 09:37 PM #3
- Join Date
- Apr 2002
Thats hilarious that they are actually that insane. Very strange. I never did the explorer thing, I went straight to a senior member status being 18 and almost FF1 cert when i joined, but living in vermont most people know that every department in the state, except for maybe 10-15 stations, are on call stations and just about all of those are volunteer. There is a respect and knowledge that those loud annoying beeping pieces of plastic can mean life or death for someone. There are some definate tweaks that are explorers but none as bad as the two you described.This statements made above do not represent the agency i belong to in any shape or form. So if i say something stupid its just me.
08-12-2002, 12:32 AM #4
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- Jun 2002
- West Virginia
Well since my department wont let the juniors have pagers or be at the station any time during school hours I really don't have to worry about it.These opinions are my own, not of my company or my affiliates
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08-12-2002, 01:10 AM #5
- Join Date
- May 2002
- Constable, NY
I've only caught a little flack a couple times in school. I'm a probey, but I still have state certificates that according to my chief say I can fight fire. My friends and other peers never said much, but they did like to know what was going on in the surrounding areas. I felt for the position on the volume switch one day and said good it's turned way down, well I was wrong it was turned up all the way and it went off in the auditorium. The study hall teacher was mad, so I never brought it to that class again, but the rest of my teachers didn't mind, even if it did interupt class. My feeling towards all people that dislike pagers and the occasional interuptions is, good feel that way if you must, but keep in mind that one day you may need that persons assistance, because your place is on fire or your having a heart attack.
08-12-2002, 10:31 AM #6
We're allowed to carry our pagers with us to school, but we cant have them on during school hours or leave school for a call. The only reason were allowed to carry them in school is so that when were heading home we can pick up a call and get to the station.
No, i dont get any heat from people at my school. Actually they think it cool. We have about 15 Firefighters in my school from 5 different companies in the area.Firefighter, Volunteering since Oct 2001
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08-12-2002, 04:24 PM #7
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- Aug 2002
- Randolph NY
pagers in school?
Well our juniors always wore their pagers to school and some
of them would get into trouble and some would not. Well then
one day a teacher complained to our safety officer about our
pagers in school. So we were told no pagers unless your teacher(s)
did not mind. So some just wear them now during school and leave them off and some leave them on. Also we are not aloud to leave school intill you are 18 and a active fireman.Jimmy Olson
08-12-2002, 05:51 PM #8
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- Sep 2001
me and the other explorer are going to talk to our chief and principal about having pagers on in school and leaving if there is a fire. we are strictly a fire dept so we dont have many calls per year. most of those are after school hours anyways. if we can respond i will have to probably sign out in the office before going to the station but that wont be a big deal im a pretty fast runner. i have only missed one full day of school because of a fire. one day i was in p.e. and the whistle went off it was my last class for the day and we were only skating i hate it and im bad at it so i was going to leave but i didnt because i figured i would get in trouble. i high tailed it to the station afterwards. missed that call but made my first one about an 1 1/2 hours after the first one. hopefully our new principal will let us leave."Let's Roll." Todd Beamer 9/11 first soldier in the war on terror
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08-24-2002, 03:38 PM #9
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- Aug 2001
Us in Randolph, are NOT supposed to wear our pagesr in school. The school principal made the decision last year and talked to the president of the company about it. We are not to wear our pagers or leave school for calls. We also must maintain passing grades and when we get suspended from school we get suspended from the company.Firefighter/EMT Mitch Cowen
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Randolph Fire Co. Inc
08-24-2002, 08:15 PM #10
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- Jan 2002
- New Hampshire
We are not allowed to wear our pagers in school or leave school to respond to calls. i do bring my pager and leave it in my truck and wear it to cross country practice because i can leave that. one day it went off and a girl told me pagers had gone out of style. that comment was good for a laugh.
08-24-2002, 10:16 PM #11
Ok this is kind of wierd my name is Jeremy and im a little short too
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08-25-2002, 06:34 AM #12
Just my opinion, but you should not have pagers in school. You are there to learn and if you skip out on your education it could hurt your chanses of getting a goof job later in life. You are only in school for a very short part of your life, you can afford to miss some calls.
08-25-2002, 10:29 AM #13
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- Aug 2002
I carry my Alpha-Numeric pager in school, and no one knows i am wearing it b/c it is on vibrate. I like to have it to know what is going in the town, or like last year we had 2 EMS calls, and 1 kitchen fire in our school, so it is good to know what is going on. I have permission to leave school, but it is very rare i will use it, b/c i realize I need the education and the fire dept can wait. I used it once last year when i left during the last periond of the day (study hall) because we had an apartment building fire, and the first report said that the building was fully involved.
08-25-2002, 11:31 AM #14
Whether or not it is o.k. with your teachers/principal or not, pagers, radios, cell phones and the like are disruptive to the class and should be left in your locker or at home. Any fire dept. who says it's o.k. for you to leave or be late for school needs to re-evaluate their policy. Stay at school and get your education. There will be enough emergencies for you later, more than you will want. There is nothing important enough on scene for an explorer or junior to do to warrent you all to miss school.Steve
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08-25-2002, 03:41 PM #15
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- May 2002
- deep run n.c/ God's Country
Pagers at school
At my school it is their policy that no one can carry pagers, cell-phones or any other device that can cause disturbances. But they have no problem with us being late as long as we have a note from the chief or the commanding officer at the incident saying we were needed. I have only been late two or three times and those times I was only about 30 minutes late. But I think that if you can leave school you should only do so when it is ABSOLUTELY necessary. As far as people picking on me for being a ff not many people do except for some of my close friends and them doing it does not bother me. But just remember as others have said your education is more important than the fd. Theres always going to be calls to go to ,but you only go through school once so learn all you can."pain is temporary pride is forever"
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