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    Question Goodluck charms on your Gear ?

    We all know what we carry to do firefighting in or on our gear. But do any of you carry some kind of good luck charm,Picture,Prayer card in our gear?
    I personally carry my gf's school I.D cause its plastic so water dont ruin it and a St. Florian charm that is on my dog tags around my neck.

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    Default Good Luck

    I have a shamrock sticker on my helmet. My own little superstition. I also have a picture of my uncle...a great firefighter who passed on and is watching over me.

    Stay safe

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    on the inside of my helmet by the rim i have three simple words "Come Back Alive".
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    Myself I wear St.Florian around my neck. Before I go to work everyday I say a small prayer to those that came before me. I ask them for guidance,knowledge & wisdom for the shift ahead. I ask that they keep me,my crew and shift safe as we head out into the day or night and that they bring us home safe at the end of our shift.

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    I guess I'm in the minority, but I don't belive in luck, I belive that a person makes there own "LUCK" with traning, and doing what they are suppose to do, after that it is determination, and heart.

    Just me.

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    St. Florian, rabbit's feet, prayer, four-leaf clovers, crosses and medallions...all superstious nonsense. If you REALLY rely on any of these things to "bring you home", I suggest you re-evaluate your career choice or train harder. MUCH harder.
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    I myself am not very superstious(sp) I think the more you bleed in training the less you bleed in combat. But a little doesn't hurt. My wife on the other hand. She bought me a St Florian pendant. I have a St.Florian medal attached to the inside pocket of my bunker coat, and a Shamrock on my helmet.
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    Superstition is a great American fire service tradition call it luck or whatever but many of us have a ritual or prayer we say/do before entering a good working fire... Personally I take a moment to think of my wife's smile....I guess thats kinda lame but I was so saddened by the families from 9-11 it made me realize how important coming home truly is.

    It has nothing to do with training or risk taking its simply our individual way of clearing our mind and getting "The Job" done safely.

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    "No man may have his hearts desire lest he brave the smoke and fire"

    a quote i got out of a book i read but i dont remember who said it.


    luck is self-made but no man should ever turn his back on the fact that if something dont feel right you shouldnt do it.


    call it faith call it superstition, if you feel something will happen do your job but be careful



    besides what would we do without faith not all of us can be like nozzleman
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    I agree with what many have said that luck is a bunch of bunk. All you can do is prepare yourself with LOTS of training.

    On the flip side of I have a "Jesus Fish" on my helmet's brim on teh underside. Everytime I put it on it reminds to ask God for the strength to do what is right and to watch over the guys I'm working with.
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    Some times things like a cross or something else with likewise symbolic feelings attachted to it can remind us to take the time slower/faster (depending on the situation) and remember God's watching over us.
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    Some times things like a cross or something else with likewise symbolic feelings attachted to it can remind us to take the time slower/faster (depending on the situation) and remember God's watching over us.
    Keep American Clean, Eat Pigeons!

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    I was given a St. Florian medal and it lives under the rubber band on my helmet.
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    I have two shammrocks and a picture of my grnadmother who passed away in recently.
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    Originally posted by engine23ccvfd
    ...Personally I take a moment to think of my wife's smile....I guess thats kinda lame but I was so saddened by the families from 9-11 it made me realize how important coming home truly is.
    Absolutely nothing lame about that! I also try to keep my wife in my mind, she's why I get up every morning and come home every night, and she's the one who gets left behind if I go and screw up.

    Fortunately most everything I've been involved in has been fairly "routine", but you never know when the stuff can hit the fan.
    Stay Safe

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    It was not on my binkers, but my crew used to have a stuffed Kermit the Frog wearing a fire helmet. They used to keep it sitting on the front bumper of the pumper for luck. I swear everytime it was there we had a raging fire. It was all fun and games though.
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    Like quite a few of the Brothers and Sisters I work with I have a laminated picture inside my helmet. I have a nice picture of my wife and I on our wedding day in there to remind me of what is important. I will be taking that one out around the last week of July- first week of August to put a new one in as soon as my first child,Eric is born. And if the wife asks nicely I will even let her put the cat in the picture! :P

    It may sounds morbid, but if something was to happen to me I would like to be found with my lid over my face so that the last thing I see would be my beautiful family.

    Be Safe out there!
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    I have a nice little "rescue 8 w/ears" bottle opener on my gear.

    Before everyone gets upset, I do not EVER condone drinking on duty, career or vollunteer. Its just something that I have to make me smile and to remind me to enjoy a beverage when I get home.

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    Along with Airborne and some of the others, I belive that luck results when training meets opportunity.
    But after 27 years in Law Enforcement (imagine, I retired to become a volle FF!), I never leave the sight or sound of my wife without saying "I Love You". And I don't care who hears it, because each time may be the last time.

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    I have a little red bendy guy in my rubber band and a picture of my girl friend, my best friend, and myself having a great time at the devils flyers game. Just to remind me whats important. And I would also like to say LETS GO DEVILS (for a little luck for them).

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