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    Forum Member VolFFJohn's Avatar
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    Default Why are you a firefighter or emt?

    I was wondering why other people are firefighters or EMT's? The reason that I'm a firefighter is because I like to help other people in their time of need.
    Firefighter/ EMT-Basic
    Proud Soldier in the Iowa Army National Guard
    GLT 11/25/2005

    All Gave Some
    Some Gave All
    Never Forget the Sacrifices Made

    These are my opinions and not those of my dept.

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    Permanently Removed CALFFBOU's Avatar
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    Default Because....

    Well, we've chatted about this before. Here it goes-

    -I could never work a standard 40 hour work week.
    -The four days and pay days.
    -Where else can I run red lights with a rig RED
    -The chicks dig the uniform.
    -Where else can you get burned, spit on, thrown
    up on, bleed on, shoot at, cut up cars, eat smoke,
    dodge cars, jump off buildings,walk through haz-mat
    and BEST of all....BREAK STUFF!

    Last edited by CALFFBOU; 03-28-2003 at 02:54 PM.

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    The dept. I started with was needing some volunteers. I said I'd be glad to help (not really knowing what I'd be getting into). I got bitten by the bug and do it for a living now.

    I have always been brought up believing in service to others before self so I like the opportunity to help others. (Can you tell I'm an Eagle Scout?)

    I love the technical end, too. No matter how much you know, there's always something else to learn.

    Then there's the variety of work - fires, motor vehicle crashes, inspections, public education, and the really strange calls (And you called the fire department because?. . .).

    I can't believe I get paid to do this. I can't believe it's been ten years.

    a ship in a harbor is safe. . . but that's not what ships are for

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    If I could put my finger on it, I'd put it in a can and give it to everybody I saw. Then we'd never be short on staff again.
    "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.Ē
    --General James Mattis, USMC

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    Jefferson, Oregon


    Well, it's like this:

    I got REAL drunk one night..........

    Okay, not really. I actually just like the big trucks and I get to tear stuff apart all the time! Hard to beat.......
    "The more we sweat in training, the less we bleed in battle."

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    Im just an exp. now, but this is what i want to do, i mean you get paid to have know u make a difference, plus you get on ride on some SWEET trucks

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    55 Years & Still Rolling hwoods's Avatar
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    Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....

    Talking OK......

    A few reasons for....

    1. Driving something with 500 HP, Straight Pipes, and a Jake Brake.
    2. Going thru Red Lights (safely) knowing you won't get a ticket.
    3. Challenging the Fire to a duel, and winning.
    4. Being a tiny part of the greatest fraternity on earth.
    5. Knowing that one day, you just might be able to help save a life.

    And a few reasons against....

    1. LODDs
    2. Carefully extracating a child from a crushed car, driven
    by someone who drank too much.
    3. Knowing up front that the next response could be your last
    4. Politicians and the decisions they make.
    5. Always changing your plans because of the tiny beeping noise
    from that little plastic doo-dad on your belt.

    I'm a EMT because I have to be.
    I'm a Firefighter because I want to be.
    I still add a few hundred hours to my training file each year because I want to be better at what I do.
    I hold a National Pro Board Fire Officer IV certificate because I was told that I could never get one.
    To quote Hank Williams Jr. "It's a Family Tradition"
    Stay Safe....
    Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
    In memory of
    Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
    Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

    IACOJ Budget Analyst

    I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.


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    Forum Member FireCapt1951retired's Avatar
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    Between here and there


    Personally, I'm in it for the money.

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    Jefferson, Oregon

    Thumbs up Condo

    The money, ABSOLUTELY! Speaking of which, you all should come down and summer with me at the home in the Bahamas....It's just lovely there this time of year.......
    "The more we sweat in training, the less we bleed in battle."

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    Default Why...really...

    Bill Murray's words from Stripes
    (the movie while in basic training)-
    "And the uniforms...Now I know why I
    always lost chicks to guys like you..."
    Last edited by CALFFBOU; 03-28-2003 at 02:47 PM.

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    Family tradition, and its the best job in the world!!!!!
    AKA: Mr. Whoo-Whoo

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