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    Question why?

    many of my friends and family members want to know why i would want a job where the desription includes going into a burning house for someone i dont even know. i am not sure exactly how to answer this question. i usually say because someone has to do it. i dont want you to have the wrong impression of me i dont do it because it is cool or because i want to be a hero but i dont knopw how to answer their questions either. what would you say?

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    I tell them I suffer from insomnia and I'm up most nights anyway.

    Did you expect a serious answer at this hour?

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    not yet i will hope for one in the morning you suffer from insomnia it is an hour ahead of you here

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    Actually, this morning I'm awake because I just got back from a rollover and I couldn't get back to sleep right away.

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    thats a good reason if i ever heard one i am in school right now where i hate it. i havent been to a call in about a month b/c the school is 150 miles from my district. i dont think they would need any help by the time i got there

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    Seriously, though, I was asked this same question last year by a high school class and I gave it a bit of thought and this is what I came up with.

    A fire or accident scene is the one place where I find there is no BS to contend with. You're out there with a group of like minded individuals to do a necessary job. I don't know if it's courageous, heroic, or morbid, but I feel useful and respected. And that ain't bad.

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    One night before I got married, my Fiancee was over my house for the evening, I was a 2nd Asst Chief. We were sitting there watching movies and my pager goes off so I waited to listen to see what we had, call comes in as a dwelling fire w/fire showing. I told her I'll be back don't wait up. She ask me not to go, I asked her "if it was your house would you want me to go"? she said yes. enough said We are the chosen ones, keep in mind that if we dont do it nobody else will. We are positive brothers and sisters with an unselfish like manner willing to risk our lives to protect or save the lives and property of the people in our communities.
    If we don't do it nobody else will!!!!

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    Originally posted by hotboy
    We are the chosen ones
    Chosen ones?

    I don't feel like a "chosen one", I just joined so I could put lights & sirens on my POV
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    For me, it was tradition, brotherhood, and comraderie. Not to mention truly, unselfishly helping people. Not to mention it was cool to work a truck with my dad for a while.

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    I guess it's cause I'm a sucker for the punishment?!?! I get satisfaction from statements like "the fd took forever to get here" and "look they're washing the trucks again cause they have nothing else to do with their lives" or "them fireman...boy can they drink beer!"

    Seriously though, I don't know the answer to your question. Something sucked me in when I was a teenager. I had the general interest in firetrucks, etc nothing out of the ordinary, you know parades and stuff and from there I just got drawn in. Once I was in and found out what it was really about, there isn't a chance I would ever leave. Does seeing lives torn apart by tragedy upset me? Does some of the petty bs that taxpayers throw at you while sitting on their refuse to lift a finger I would rather criticize ***** bother me sometimes? Yes from time to time, but that's human nature. On the other hand there is nothing better than a pat on the back and a heartfelt thank you from a civilian you were able to help regain order in their life again or little things like when you complete some new training that you never ever in-visioned yourself able to do (rappelling for me...yikes!) Never in a million years did I think I would ever do something like that, but the fire service has given me both the opportunity, training and now ability to do it and there is a certain personal satisfaction out of both challenging yourself as well as putting another 'tool in the toolbox' to help someone in time of need.

    I guess there really isn't an exact answer, it's just something we do. I guess that's why I have such a hard time explaining it to my wife. She doesn't get understand. She thinks i'm nuts and she really doesn't like the fd (she appreciates the service provided) but she wishes someone other than me would be running out on her dinners, etc.

    Don't know if that makes any sense. I was interrupted like 18 times typing it so it's a little choppy.

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    And course...because it is fun to drive with lights
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    it runs in my blood.

    that is what i tell everybody.

    i love to help other people.
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    As my father who retired in 96 always says.....

    "It takes a certain bread to do this job", "if the cops can't shoot it or handcuff it who do they call, the FD" and my favorite,"you get to do three things your mother told you not to do, get dirty, play w/ fire, and break other peoples s@%t"

    think about it, everything that we do to help our fellow man, It is a great feeling to know that you make a difference in someone’s life every day....weather you are Fire Dept, EMS, or Police we are here for the pure service of others and I don't know much about the relationships of police and EMS fields, but we, (the Fire Service Professionals) are all members of an extended family...Who doesn't feel a loss when you see a new LODD.....I love this job, the good and the bad that come with it...keeps my feet planted and my mine strong...these are my reasons I would like to think that others look at the job same as I do-

    What is the saying, I have only one ambition in life and that is to be a fireman....

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    Originally posted by AntiochVFD222
    many of my friends and family members want to know why i would want a job where the desription includes going into a burning house for someone i dont even know.
    I've been a vol. fireman for 6 1/2 years and haven't been asked that before. I think it's a rude question. They should be commending you. Maybe you should ask them if they were trapped in a burning house, how would they like it if a bunch of people stood outside saying "You're crazy! I'm not going into a burning house for somebody I don't even know!!"

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    good point

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    I kind of look at it from this stand point, I'm helping the people that can't help themselves. We as a profession or as some would say a calling see people at their best and alot of the time their worst, we are the one they call when they have no one else to turn to.



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    This coming from my father who was both in the emergency medical side of life.. and also at another point the law enforcement side...

    He said "I always hated going to a scene as a LEO because there was always 1 side that did not like you being there, (someone called you on someone else..), in EMS whoever you were called out to was glad to see you (their help) arrive deep down inside!"

    I think it's one of the best things i've ever heard...
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    Default I also do it....

    ...because chicks dig the uniform. And I let them
    blow the siren...

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    from CairoFD

    As my father who retired in 96 always says.....

    "It takes a certain bread to do this job", "if the cops can't shoot it or handcuff it who do they call, the FD" and my favorite,"you get to do three things your mother told you not to do, get dirty, play w/ fire, and break other peoples s@%t"
    Thats the best, but you forgot we get to drive really cool trucks too!

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    I couldnt answer that question other than with the usual "dunno". And I really dont, I know what I enjoy about it, but I have always wanted to run with a fire department and will my whole life. But who knows why... sometimes I really wish I did....lol
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    I think I joined to help protect Truth, Justice and the American Way!!

    Oh, wait- that's what Superman said!!!

    Really, when I told my wife that I wanted to go back into the fire service, after a 10 yr hiatus, she understood that the desire to help others in a way that few can is a real trait in some folks. When I also told her that I would get to break stuff, use cool power tools and ride on trucks with lights and sirens, she really understood!!

    It was when I told her that I put a small dash light into our SUV that she only got upset!!! (ha,ha!)
    Once again....the above views are my own and not that of my department. (And probably should not be construed as having any real meaning, whatsoever!)

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    I have never been able to come up with a good answer as to why. I must admit, I wasn't drawn to the Fire/EMS service because of an overwhelming desire to help people. Don't get me wrong, that has become a major source of satisfaction for me, it just isn't what got me into the service.

    I would like to ask hotboy a question?

    Chosen by who?
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    I am often told by friends and co-workers that I am mentally insane. That may have something to do with it
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Thumbs up Sometimes.......................

    People first asked that question of Ben Franklin and George Washington, both of whom were notable Volunteer Firemen toward the end of the 1700's. They were among the "inventors" of the American Fire service, so it was not family or tradition that they were following, rather a more distant and intangible message seemed to be their motivation.

    Where Else:
    Can I blow down the highway at 10-15 over the limit and get a FRIENDLY wave from the radar cop?

    Can I Get an award for missing meals, sleep, work, and family gatherings?

    Can I Find out if my CPR skills are as good as I would like, more than once in a lifetime?

    Can I Get wet, dirty, tired, cold, and hungry, doing something I love?

    Can I Break windows without someone calling the cops?

    Can I Teach a child that the most important phone number in the world is 911?

    Can I Be cussed out by a total stranger, for doing my job?

    Can I Be thanked by a total stranger, for doing my job?

    Can I Be ignored by politicians for doing my job?

    Can I jump off a perfectly good building, on a thin rope?

    Can I turn off people's water, electricity, gas, even though their bill is paid?

    Can I be part of the most incredible brotherhood in the world?

    Only in the Fire Service.

    Stay Safe....
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    I started in the fire service while I was in high school. I too was always asked why would you want to do such a job for the little pay recieved. First of all its never ever been about the pay for me. I always told everyone that If I got the chance to save one life in my career it was worth it. If I could see one person walking the street that would not be there if it were not for me. Man there is no other feeling in the world like it. Its the greatest job in the world. Be safe and go get em'
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