1. #1
    Forum Member

    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    2

    Default New to Firefighting

    Hello everyone. My name is Steve and I just joined as a volunteer at my local fire department. Do to lack of gear I have to wait until mid January before I can actually be put on.

    Well I'm very excited and hardly know anything about it. Where is a good place to learn all I can about firefighting? Is there anything special I need to know? I'm looking for just about any information I can. I want to be as prepared and informed as I can before I even get there since I have this time.

    Thanks everyone.

  2. #2
    Forum Member
    Co11FireGal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Country Roads, Take Me Home...
    Posts
    721

    Thumbs up

    While there is no substitute for hands on learning, right here at Firehouse is a good place to start! There are a lot of experienced people here, and most all would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. You've come to the right place! Merry Christmas, and welcome to the family.

    ~Courtney
    "Co11FireGal"
    IACOJ

    "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap it if we do not lose heart."

  3. #3
    Forum Member
    firefightergtp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Chester, NY (Orange County)
    Posts
    294

    Default

    Welcome to the fire service. Be careful, and learn, learn , learn!!

  4. #4
    MembersZone Subscriber
    dmleblanc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Not the end of the earth but I can see it from here...
    Posts
    2,318

    Default

    Welcome to the family, Steve! As for where you can go for information, this is a good place to start...lots of good articles, training topics, links, etc., as well as hundreds (thousands?) of experienced firefighters, EMT's, rescue technicians and the like who would be glad to answer your questions.

    Some pointers for the new guy....First, be patient about getting your gear, pager, etc. Many departments will hold off giving you your gear until you at least have a little training under your belt. This may be a formal orientation course, or it could just be when they "feel" like you're ready, depending on the department. This gives them the opportunity to 1)make sure you have at least enough knowledge to avoid doing something really dangerous on a scene, possibly jeopardizing your safety as well as the safety of others, and 2)to give them a chance to see if you're really serious about being a firefighter. (since you're here, I assume you are )I've seen quite a few guys walk through our doors who came around for a few weeks and then just sort of disappeared, for whatever reason. The department (ours anyway) would rather not have to go track you down to get their gear back if things don't "work out".

    Second, when you do begin to respond to calls, be aware that you may at first be relegated to some mundane tasks on the fireground (fetch tools, help fill air bottles, rack hose, etc.) Firefighting is a dangerous business, with many complex skills that must be MASTERED before you can function safely and effectively on the fireground. Don't be offended if you get stuck with "gofer" duty for a little while. You'll get your chance soon enough.

    Next, ask questions. If a skill is being taught or explained to you and there's something you don't understand, make sure you ask and get it clear before you need it. And once you do understand it, practice, practice, practice! 2:00 am with fire blowin' out the windows is not the time to "figure out" how your SCBA works. There will not be time then and you may get yourself or someone else hurt. Remember, amateurs practice till they get it right; professionals practice till they can't get it wrong. (By the way, "professional" does not necessarily mean "paid")

    A final note....try to be dedicated without being consumed. Strive for balance in your life. Be the best firefighter you can be, but not at the cost of all else (family, friends, your job or school, etc.) I'm sure almost everyone here knows somebody with the 48" lightbar, 16 strobe lights and a siren on their '86 Toyota, who go around town with 2 pagers, a radio, a scanner and a pair of trauma shears on their belt (referred to here as "wackers"). Sometimes they know their business, sometimes not. In any case they look silly and give us a bad image. They have crossed over from "dedicated" to "ate up with it".

    Anyway, enough of my rambling. Congratulations on making that first step. Remember, ask questions and take any opportunity to learn. Happy holidays and keep us posted on how you're doing!
    Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
    Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
    Paincourtville, LA

    "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream and I hope you don't find this too crazy is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

  5. #5
    Forum Member
    BFDNJFF's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Iraq
    Posts
    1,508

    Default

    dmleblanc wrote :
    I'm sure almost everyone here knows somebody with the 48" lightbar, 16 strobe lights and a siren on their '86 Toyota, who go around town with 2 pagers, a radio, a scanner and a pair of trauma shears on their belt (referred to here as "wackers"). Sometimes they know their business, sometimes not. In any case they look silly and give us a bad image. They have crossed over from "dedicated" to "ate up with it".

    lmao lollol

    isn't that the truth we all know some of those !!!

    good luck be safe and key words are commen sense , education !!
    and remember those senior members became seniors there for a reason listen to them even when they bust your hump cause your a probie (aka new guy) cause it's all done for a reason.

  6. #6
    Sr. Information Officer
    NJFFSA16's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    25 NW of the GW
    Posts
    8,434

    Default

    Anyone thinking what I'm thinking?

    PM me if you are.

    NJ
    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
    Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

    *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
    On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Log in

Click here to log in or register