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    Hi. I was wondering what you all thought of live in fire departments for college? Im 20 and will be attending University of Maryland, Baltimore County for their Paramedic/Degree in Emergency Health Services. I was told that many fire depts down in Prince Georges County MD, offer bunkroom's for student. Anyone ever lived in any of them? Experiences? Etc All will input will help me make my decision. I am a EMT-B, taking FF1 in Jamuary. Thanks for the input!

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    Yea. I saw that, but that was from a few years ago. Was looking if there were any changes and such.

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    If your going to Maryland, PG County is where it's at!

    In my next life, after I graduate from high school, I am going to go to college in Maryland. I'll be a bunk-in over at 33's, Riley's great great grandson will be my Chief. I'll do my time, learn the ropes, before getting hired by FDNY. Yup, I have it all planned.
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    Deff P.G is where its at I ride along there all the time now u have many choises there is River Dale Fire Department company 7 where i ride at now ( Paper Work in process.), There is also company 34 Chillum Adelphi ( Use to ride there), And there is also College Park 12 and also Kentland 33 P.G is pretty much the next step to FDNY The run boxes like its going out of style if i were to recommend a station deff try ride along with company 7 they are an aggressive dept and if ur really into it then u will like it there

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    I was thinking 34. I heard they do alot of trauma calls. Thats what I am looking for. I will check out 7 though. Are there any classes or anything that you guys recomend that will def get you a spot? My fear is, now that I am accepted to UMBC, I wont get a house to live at.

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    Kentland 33 P.G is pretty much the next step to FDNY

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    If you are going to be attending UMBC, be aware that the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus is about an hour commute (considering rush hour traffic)from P.G. County. Not real conducive to making it to morning classes. There are a number of volley companies in Baltimore County on the west side that may have an oppurtunity for you, although I know of no formal "live in" programs.

    At one time, there was talk of Co. 35, Arbutus VFC staffing an ambulance on the UMBC campus with members who were going to school there, but that never happened for reasons unknown to me. Probably had to do with legal issues of a private corporation VFC using state property to house the unit or some such. Anyway, good luck with your search.
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    well i wasnt saying kentland is like that i was sayin P.G in general

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    well i wasnt saying kentland is like that i was sayin P.G in general
    No, it's nothing like that here. Maybe some of the Stations try to portray that image, but it's far from how this County really operates. We are our own unique agency, like no other. The least you could do is hang out on the side of the County that actually catches jobs on a regular basis instead of hanging up North with the College Weenies chasing Automatic Fire Alarms and burnt popcorn in a dormitory.


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    what ever dude like said check out 7 if u want or 34 they do run alot of medicals mostly drunks

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    what ever dude like said check out 7 if u want or 34 they do run alot of medicals mostly drunks
    Im looking for the medical calls. Im going for Paramedic, fire is just so I can get a job around here when I am done. I like the fire side, just dont wanna do it all the time.

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    I think you question was more of what did you like or dislike about your live-in experience, correct?

    I did a live in firefighter job for two years in Minnesota for a city of about 40,000 people if you include a fairly large university. I'm currently a full-time firefighter (for a few more days, anyway) so here are some of my experiences. . . .

    The good is that you get some pretty good training both hand on and real life calls. You also meet a bunch of great people who I am still friends with today. I saved a bunch of money on rent, made a little extra money, and had some fun doing it.

    Now the bad. . . my department was a combination department so most of the career guys hated us because we were taking their jobs (and as a career firefighter now I understand what they felt whereas I didn't at the time). The other major bad thing was that, even though we worked shifts, we were never really 'away' from the job (and it was a job). You really couldn't get away when you needed to (and you did need to sometimes) because you basically lived at work.

    So if you are going to go into this field you will get some good experience but my best advice is to be very aware of the situation you are coming into. If you are going to be a career firefighter you may want to reflect on the political atmosphere surrounding the live in firefighters and the career guys.

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    hahah h woods about time u put some 1 in there spot

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    Hey Harve! I know how to spell....we can put a fire out with half the units being understaffed down here with no additional alarms! WS25 sure hasn't gotten miles on it from being sent around the 3rd, 5th and 7th Battalions!

    My son has been sick the last few weeks and was recovering from surgery last weekend, so I stayed in. I will be around next year though, when the convention is back where the FireMEN are! DOWN SOUTH! LOL. (I will take a beer anytime though... )
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    Originally posted by GreatPlainsFF
    The other major bad thing was that, even though we worked shifts, we were never really 'away' from the job (and it was a job). You really couldn't get away when you needed to (and you did need to sometimes) because you basically lived at work.

    Sounds just like the life of Junior Enlisted Military living in the Barricks.

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    While in college I was in a similiar situation. I served on the student run fire department and rescue squad. The fire department ran a mini-pump and handled campus fire alarms alone and was first in for campus fires as well as running extensive mutual aid with 8 local FDs; the rescue was a BLS service running 2 ambulances and serving as primary for 8 small towns and about 140 square miles. After my first semester in the dorms I moved down to the fire and rescue bulding, which housed 16 members of both the fire and rescue services.
    I have to agree with the poster that living in a situation like that did made you feel like you were on duty all the time. even if it wasn't your duty day. In fact, as an officer (Lt. thru Chief)of the fire department most of my time there, I did have to run on all calls if I was available (e.g sober) and was constantly on duty as a rescue member for the second-call ambulance (especially at night, as all building residents were if they were rescue members). Since the pumper was housed there and the dorms were on the other side of campus, FD drivers living there did also have the responsibility of getting the truck to the scene even if "off-duty". (It was later changed by yours truly that duty drivers had to spend duty nights in the bunkroom at the building unless FD resident driver agreed to cover them).
    It can cramp your social life and certainly does add some additional stress, but all in all I value the experience it gave me.

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    I have lived both at 7 and at 34. If your looking for a very urban little area,langley park 34's is a good area. They run alot of trauma calls, shooting, stabbings, alot of PIA's, and a decent amount of fire. 7 was nice because the tower is due on alot of box areas, its all volunteer after 3 and you can actually sleep at night. I beleive hwoods is from 18 and tillerman is from 25. they are both good stations also and catch a geat deal of work. Bacially anywhere you go in PG a person will catch something. Clinton has some awesome looking wagons,and bad *** WS Unit. Hwoods the new engine looks great too, very cool paint job! TCFD103 who are you?
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    Right now I'm a live-in at the Reiffton Fire Company in Exeter Twp, just outside Reading, PA. They have a live in program for college kids, though not through any partnership with any schools. Next year I'm transferring up to main campus (I'm a Penn Stater), and they have a station up there that does it, but they have this stupid rule that you have to be a member for a year before you can do the live-in thing....

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