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02-04-2004, 01:10 PM #41
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02-08-2004, 07:11 AM #42
Be Safe but Have fun
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02-13-2004, 04:38 PM #43
every whackers dream???I havent failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
- Thomas Edison
02-14-2004, 01:04 AM #44
What a fire,parking to close to powerlines,or taking pictures of a fire thats not even in their town???
Last edited by MalteseMonster; 02-14-2004 at 01:08 AM.Ain't Skeerd
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02-14-2004, 01:21 AM #45
I didnt get that either ?IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
RAY WAS HERE 08/28/05
LETHA' FOREVA' ! 010607
I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
"but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
02-14-2004, 01:33 AM #46
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I'm a volunteer here and I love to do it..But I don't go around and flaunt it and yes I have A light and sirens in but i don't expect anyone to pull over for me..If they don't i'll wait till the road ahead is clear and blow by em...Doesn't bother me one bit..Looking at my truck the only way you could tell i was a FF is obviously the light on my dash and the volunteer FF plates we got here,plus the mini-FD plate above my VFF plate on front..Which with our dept is required to be there..I dunno why..But Coverin your car with "we fight what you fear"...Save it for the rigs or sumthin. .I also utilize scanners too but unlike some of our members and this member WFDjr is describing i don't drive like a complete *** and watch in on others calls...I despise "scanner chasers" if you will...They are nothin but a pain to the FD whos operating because i know the guys here will go up to the FF's from depts and start chattin with em..If he's always complaining kick em the hell out because he's not a good person to have around the hall...The T-Shirts and stuff well i can;t say much there because i got a t-shirt from just about every dept around here and many full time depts in the states so i can't say much..I guess i'm in the same boat as you WFDjr...I cant stand members like that too which is why i steer clear of em
02-19-2004, 03:41 PM #47
A blue light can be useful when you couldn't make it to the firehouse in time and you have to respond to the scene in your own vehicle. I'm not talking about using the light responding to the scene, but using it approaching the scene so the Fire Police can see that you're a firefighter. For example we had a fire at the local high school a while ago, and Fire Police had closed off the entrance to the school. Now if you got there and lit up your blue light they would send you right through, but if you didn't have one you'd have to stop and explain. That and I think a blue light is also useful when you live in a residential area off the main roads. It adds a layer of awareness for runners or bikers who may be out there at night when you have to get to the firehouse.
02-21-2004, 05:03 AM #48
The blue light story has been beat to death on many accounts....If it works for you ... USE IT..Having one does not make you a whacker,Nore does collecting badges,patches,T-shirts,etc..A whacker is more or less a bad attitude,Which for the most part can be fixed with the proper amount of force ...On the other hand, Just because you have a hard-core whacker Doesn't make your dept. worst than any other..They are just a nuisance...If you want to get rid of them fine, but how many non-fire related activites can you use them for??WATERBOY
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02-22-2004, 09:09 PM #49
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- Memphis, TN
Ohhh, sounds like a show-and-tell...
The only lights and siren I have are a red mini-strobe and a Galls 100-watt siren...
I only have 9 fire related shirts. One is a "lab shirt," a work shirt with an Oklahoma State University School of Fire Protection patch, I have two t-shirts from my Fire Protection Society rookie year, one from this year as a rookie master, an emergency managment polo, a SFPST polo, my home department t-shirt from when I was an Explorer, and long sleeve and short sleeve SFPST shirts. I'm trying to get rid of the SFPST polo because it's too big for me, anyone interested hit me up on PM or AIM.
However, I am spending a bit this summer because I plan on running a lot more calls, hence a need for more clean uniforms.
I keep a cell phone because it's easier than finding a pay phone. My department issues radios, and my voice and tone pager stays attached to me unless I go out of district, then it goes in the glove box.
I have a badge collection consisting of two badges, my current one, and one from my department in the 70's. My patch collection is mainly from the departments of friends I go to school with.
03-03-2004, 05:23 AM #50
most of them start out like that until they realize that they are whackers,then they'll do anything not to be one. time will tell, if enough of your guys tell him that he is going a little overboard without driving him away, he may understand.If we don't do it nobody else will!!!!
11-26-2004, 06:24 PM #51
((This is LONG, sorry.....))
At the W.A. Meeting (Whackers Anonymous)....
(RLFD14 stands up)
RLFD14: "Hi, I'm RLFD14, and I used to be a whacker. I recovered, and you can, too."
I grew up next to a fire house, and as early as 12 years old I was hanging around there. Some of the shifts welcomed me (as I would take on any chore for the privilege of staying around), some merely tolerated me as long as I was out of the way, and a few made it clear I was not welcome. I often was slow to learn, but it never stopped me from trying - or trying too hard. In my heart, of course, I meant no harm. I worked my way up until I was entrusted with helping repack hose, inspecting non-critical equipment, etc. I remember the glorious day one of the guys let me slide the pole! I was probably one of the youngest customers Firehouse Magazine ever had. I'll always remember a recruit (today a Capt) who wouldn't let me stay around unless my nose was in an IFSTA manual, and would quiz me afterwards. He had the right idea!
During high school I got my license, and started buffing calls (OK more calls, I had been biking to them for YEARS). Horrors! I got myself an amber mag mount light and thought I was somebody. Of course I wasn't. Again, tolerance varied. Sometimes I helped by closing streets with my car (with the IC's permission) when cops were not in plentiful supply, but more often I was a pain in the arse. Eventually the fire buffs club decided I was too much a whacker even for them (THAT is scary!) and they even started filming me at fire scenes - ostensibly to prove I started them. That hurt.
I moved to a different state for school, and joined a combo paid/vol dept. Got my fire and EMS training and started getting the whacker exterior beat out of me slowly but surely. I made a LOT of dumb mistakes and frequently exhibited poor judgement, but they stayed with me. Some guys wanted me gone, no doubt. But I never gave up. At least they taunted me a lot.... MUCH worse if I had been ignored outright.
I moved a few years later, and the new all-vol dept I joined allowed lights and sirens. This brought out the whacker again. I had hidden color red wig wags, dashlight, flashers in rear window, strobes in corner markers, vanity FF plates, the works. I discovered that having lights/sirens on a POV brought out the worst judgement imaginable (at least for me). Scary stuff. Eventually the Chief asked me to take the stuff off, and he was absolutely correct to do so. I became a better driver again. Oddly enough I was a pretty good driver in the trucks (so I was told)... I was just overconfident in my own car. I am not saying that lights/sirens bring out the whacker in everyone, but it was undeniably true for me.
Fast forward several more years. I moved again and spent some years out of the service. And after one last move I am back in. I'm older (which no doubt helped me immensely). I'm no grizzled veteran but I am in my 8th year of firefighting. My current dept does not allow lights/sirens, but I do have an amber mini-lightbar on the roof of my little SUV. I use it only at a standstill with the parking brake set, for additional scene safety (especially if I arrive before any rigs), or to mark driveways for inbound units. I am also a NWS storm spotter and will use it to close a road for trees/wires down. It is not meant to imply authority or privilege, it's just that I don't want to get out and put it up when needed, because when I do need it, I have other immediate priorities. I have maltese stickers on the front and back windows in the corner - as someone said earlier it facilitates getting into scenes more easily. I put a little bit of half-width DOT reflective tape on parts of my roof rack and above my rear window (my SUV is black) because I want to be SEEN. I guess my ride looks like a minor whackermobile, but I know without getting into details that the way my current colleagues treat me is testimony that I have put the worst of my whackerhood behind me. If nothing else, we have a certified professional whacker on our dept who takes most of the heat (I looked around as instructed and it wasn't me!).
I guess my point is that while we cannot tolerate the dangers that whackers might pose to us, don't give up on them entirely if you don't have to. They usually mean well, and if their energies can be properly focused and they can stay disciplined, they will eventually be valuable contributors.
Sorry for the lengthy post.
Last edited by RLFD14; 11-26-2004 at 06:52 PM.
11-27-2004, 02:26 PM #52
Gee...Way to bring back a thread that had died 8 months ago...If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
11-27-2004, 07:25 PM #53Originally posted by ndvfdff33
Gee...Way to bring back a thread that had died 8 months ago...
Rolling eyes? Show some class.
11-27-2004, 09:02 PM #54
11-28-2004, 02:56 AM #55Originally posted by RLFD14
I'm not sure what was worse, the fact the I made a post (as if this was a problem) or that you thought it was worth criticizing? What gives? You might have noticed that I only have a handful of posts and just registered.... been reading a lot of old posts.
Rolling eyes? Show some class.
Well nobody said you can't read them...But if nobodys posted on them for 8 months chances are people don't give a crap about the subject and don't wanna talk about it....Go ahead and read them but leave em dead like they are...And trust me, this is a topic that isn't too well liked on these fourms...You'll figure that out as you read more posts on it..
And show some class?? Whatever man..Go onto other fourms and bring back dead topics,especially light ones..You'll find I'm not the only,as you call it,"unclassy" one
Last edited by ndvfdff33; 11-28-2004 at 02:59 AM.If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
11-28-2004, 01:37 PM #56
The anti-whacker...Get some balance in your life.
Date (or chase) girls. Get a gym membership and
get in shape for the job. (and meet girls)
Take up another hobby or travel some place with friends.
(and meet girls)
Save you money...Buy a house. Real Estate is the best
investment you can make. Go visit Las Vegas, Mexico or
San Francisco. There is so much like out there.
Last edited by CALFFBOU; 11-28-2004 at 01:45 PM.
11-28-2004, 01:54 PM #57Well nobody said you can't read them...But if nobodys posted on them for 8 months chances are people don't give a crap about the subject and don't wanna talk about it....Go ahead and read them but leave em dead like they are...And trust me, this is a topic that isn't too well liked on these fourms...You'll figure that out as you read more posts on it..Steve Gallagher
"I don't apologize for anything. When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes
11-28-2004, 05:48 PM #58
If he didn't reply to this one, he would've started a new one and would've been told to use the search button. Is there anyway to win?
11-29-2004, 04:02 AM #59
I think RLFD14's post is a good one and all rookies, juniors, and whackers alike should read it.
If old posts weren't supposed to be replied too, they would be locked.
As ffexpCP stated, if he posted another thread, he would have been criticized.
12-01-2004, 06:39 AM #60Originally posted by ndvfdff33
if nobodys posted on them for 8 months chances are people don't give a crap about the subject and don't wanna talk about it
You'll find I'm not the only,as you call it,"unclassy" one
Stay low and be safe, all.
Thanks Steamer, ffexpCP and RescueMe7.
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