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    Default How Far do you commute to your Fire Station

    I was just wondering how far some of you are commuting to work. I work for Los Angeles County and Live in St. George Utah. So my commute is about 380 miles. Takes about 5 1/2hrs each way. What schedule do you work also? We have alot of commuters on the job here. We have guys that commute twice as far as I. We ahve guys in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, etc. I try and stay at work for 4-5 days in a row then take off 8-10 days in a row. I just thought it would be interesting to see how far others are commuting.

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    I work a 24/48 schedule. My present assignment is about 5 miles from my house. My first assignment was 5 blocks.

    I'm glad I don't have your commute, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it isn't worth it, 'cause if you love your job, it probably is.
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    I dont have to drive a fraction of what you do....

    In fact I live in my still district..about 1.5 miles..

    A friend of mine is on a St. Louis County FD and lived on the north side of Springfield, IL. only until he divorced did he move..

    He said it was about an hour and a half commute...


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    Probably about 13-14 or so miles. Takes about 1hr 15min. Average traffic.

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    My city has a strict residency requirement, so the average commute is limited by where your engine house is, and where your home or apartment is located. Either way I know it would not come any where near 5 1/2 hours. Most of our suburbs have open residency, and I do know for a fact that some of their guy's live in the upper peninsula of Michigan. That would get fairly lose to your drive.

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    I live less than a half mile from the fire house. On a good day, can make it in a minute. That is before road construction started, and at night with no cars.
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    About 5 blocks from the station, 2 minutes with car 15 if have to walk.

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    about 5 miles from house to station.

    a 10 min drive and 30 min bike ride

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    Probably 1/4 mile........... If/When the new station is built, it will be 1/4-1/2 mile in the opposite direction........

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    44 Miles from Home to the Station. - 4pm to Mid-Night Monday Through Friday. - Traffic isn't bad either direction.

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    OMG, that never enen ocured to me as being possible.

    I had no idea that there were guys from MT working in LA County.



    I may just look into something like that. Might be worth it.

    Only problem is that I hate traveling.

    Might be worth it depending how it works out.

    lacofd33, you are on for 5 days straight? Do you stay right at the station 24hs the whole time?

    Do you have to have a place rented or something in LA?

    How did you go about getting on the FD there?

    Some places have it a requirement that you live close to the district or what have you, obviously not the case there.

    Any more info you have would be appreciated, thanks.
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    1/2 a mile from the station, depending on how the red lights wanna work for me takes me about 2-4 minutes to get to the station
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    I commute 55 miles. Takes about 1 hr 10 min.

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    Well I work for Superior Fire Dept in WI. We have to live within 30 min of the headquarters station due to the fact we only have 11 guys on shift. A single fire requires us to call back to cover the rest of the city. I worked for st. Cloud fd In minnesota and we had the same response time. It must be nice to live where you want. The commute woul suck but it would be nice. We work 24 on 48 off. In st. cloud it was 24/24x3 then 96 off.

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    Well now that all depends on which job you are asking about. If you mean my "real" paid job, then its about 25 miles each way to the Dockyard, and about 30 minutes. Also I work 730-1530 Monday - Friday, with the odd 24 hr duty watch thrown in.

    If you mean how far to the station, well its about a 20 second flat out dead run, or about 4 doors down from here. And for this one its just a pager watch, so no "official" shift sched there.
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    Knew a guy once on a small suburban department near Chicago that maintained an apartment to keep his residency requirement. He did this for one reason: he was married with kids, and the wife made huge money doing whatever it was she did, and was transferred to California from her job near Chicago. He had maybe four or five years left to retire, so he traded shifts to work as many as he could in a row, which was often a week or so straight. He didn't mind as they weren't a terribly busy department, so working such a stretch wasn't so bad.

    If I recall correctly, he worked a ton of shifts in the summer and used his trade time to put together long stretches of not working in the winter months, and would fly back and forth between California and work once or twice a month.

    If I recall correctly he spent a lot of time golfing out west. Wish I knew him by name, but if I knew it at one time, its escaped me.

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    20 miles.

    About a half hour ride without traffic, ie. 4 am on a weekend.
    1.5 to 2.5 hours during rush hour.

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    1.5 miles from my driveway to the station. I work 12 hour shifts. 42 hours a week.

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    325 Feet. Takes about 2 minutes, unless the neighbors stop me to chat.

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    Originally posted by E229Lt
    20 miles.

    About a half hour ride without traffic, ie. 4 am on a weekend.
    1.5 to 2.5 hours during rush hour.
    Just goes to show you how different things are! My commute to my full time job is about 20 miles, and it takes about 30 minutes with traffic. My commute to the fire station is 3 miles and takes 3-4 minutes.
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    The station is about 200m from my back garden, so I would say about 1min. (Unless like yesterday when I was still asleep getting dressed I put odd shoes on...that seemed to slow me up a bit
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    I drive 33 miles From Park City to Utah County. but am currently in the process of changing employers and might be a super commutor like you commuting to California from Park City so it would be about a 650 mile turaround and it would be a 3 on 4 off scedule.

    I have one buddy whom commutes from Park City, Utah to the San Fransciso Bay area and he work a 2 on 4 off and also does the trades to work 6 or so straight and then have 8-11 days off in a row.
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