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    What is a "whacker"? I hear some of you all call other members or some of the things they are trying to get off the ground like the firefighter bands but I still dont get what it totally means. I have a pretty good idea but i just need to clarify.
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    Look around, you may have one in your department. Do you have a member (especially in a volunteer department) who wears a pager, scanner,portable radio, trauma shears, FD badge etc. on his (or her) belt everywhere he goes?

    He might be a whacker....

    Does his entire wardrobe consist of fire department T-shirts, or worse, the "I Fight What You Fear" variety of novelty tees?

    He might be a whacker...

    Does he have a 48" light bar, 6 antennas, strobes and dash light on his '91 Chevy Corsica?

    He might be a whacker...

    Does he listen to his scanner incessantly so he can "jump" calls with neighboring departments?

    He might be a whacker....

    Are you beginning to feel slightly offended because YOU display many of these traits?

    YOU might be a whacker....

    I'm not sure where the term came from, but it's thrown around a lot in here....Anybody?
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    In my part of Kentucky, we do not use the term "whacker" we
    use the term squirrel.

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    If you haven't gotten it yet, a "whacker" is a person who is so ate up with firefighting that they think about or do nothing else. These people may or may not have good intentions, but MOST are just in it for the show...they want everyone to know that they're firefighters, so they wear t-shirts that say "hero" and buy stock in Motorola...they are the glory-seekers who will knock people out of the way to get their picture in the paper at a call or to be on the news.

    "Whacker" should not be mistaken for "proud firefighter" or "dedicated volunteer." I know lots of poeple who wear fire-rescue shirts all the time but are very careful not to wear any of the "hero" type deals. I also know people who have as many as 3 pagers...one guy in particular because he works for the squad, is on a volly dept., and is also a member of the local SAR outfit. HE is NOT a whacker, just loves to volunteer. You'll know a whacker when ya see one...these are the people who brag about how good they are but when the tones drop they get so excited you think you're going to have to do CPR when they go cardiac on ya...

    I have never heard the term used in WV...just kinda roll our eyes and shake our heads say they're "ate up"...with the fire dept. that is...
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    ...they are the glory-seekers who will knock people out of the way to get their picture in the paper at a call or to be on the news.
    Not necessarily....I find in many cases the real "whacker" types are curiously difficult to find when the stuff's really hitting the fan....
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    C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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    True, very true...but around here anyway, the call is usually about done by the time the media comes around. We get the kind that are tailboard jockeys during the action then pretend to have done something for the cameras.
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    Media? What media? Around here we'd have to be on scene for a couple of hours before the local media even got wind that there was something going on. I can probably count on one hand in my 16 years doing this that we ever had to deal with the media.

    We have the opposite problem. No coverage. We had two related arson fires last month that made the local papers. Do they call the fire department for information? Of course not. They called the sheriff's office and got a couple of nice quotes from the sheriff about the circumstances of the fire, the investigation is continuing, etc. Not once did they attempt to contact the fire department for information about this FIRE! ....Maybe it's our fault, perhaps we should develop a better PR program....
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    OK. thanks guys I got it. It was pretty much what i thought it was but ok.We definatly have a few whackers in my company and in the other companies in my county. There is a kid at my school who wears a t-shirt that says "no one can force me to run into burning buildings, I'm a volunteer" shirt and carries his scanner with him everywere and we are not allowed to respond from school unless the chief calls the priciple to release us from class, which has only happened one time, or when the school catches on fire, which happened twice in two days, so we were allowed to do our jobs a juniors.
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    Originally posted by NJFFSA16
    Oh my gawd...have you seen this?Whacker Page
    A Whacker's Amusement Park... I can't even concentrate with all those flashing lights.

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    Originally posted by dmleblanc
    Look around, you may have one in your department. Do you have a member (especially in a volunteer department) who wears a pager, scanner,portable radio, trauma shears, FD badge etc. on his (or her) belt everywhere he goes?

    He might be a whacker....

    Lol, you mean like the one kid in my company who wears not one, but TWO, CPR masks on his belt everywhere he goes? Lol....the thing that makes it even more funny is the fact that he's taken the EMT test at least six times and can't seem to pass it....

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    Around here a whacker is a paid firefighter that volunteers somewhere.

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    There are career wackers, too..

    The guy who rolls up in his Ford Excursion, because that's what NYC battalion chiefs use, with an IAFF front bumper plate, and three IAFF stickers on his rear window. He gets out wearing his IAFF polo shirt, goes back and gets out his IAFF golf bag complete with IAFF golf club covers....

    You get the point

    There are wackers on all of the ends of the pay scale.
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    "The guy who rolls up in his Ford Excursion, because that's what NYC battalion chiefs use, with an IAFF front bumper plate, and three IAFF stickers on his rear window. He gets out wearing his IAFF polo shirt, goes back and gets out his IAFF golf bag complete with IAFF golf club covers.... "


    Thats funny.....I used to work up in Montana at one of their few paid departments and we had a few of these guys. It seemed the only reason they worked at the fire department was so that they could be in the union. But when it came doing the job it was a joke.


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    we call them bumper-monkeys down here. five minutes into the fire you can find them sitting on the front bumper rehabin' because "my air pack f---d up man"

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    Brother NJ....that is too funny!
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    It's like an epidemic or a plauge. There are diffrent levels of "The Wacker" Some of my favorites I see everyday when I come into the Station to work. {Career Guy in a Volunteer Station}

    The EMS Wacker with the BDU Pants that carry everything short of an AED.

    The two Scissor Holders, Glove Pouches, Key Chains, and pagers

    ....."I need all this to do my job....."

    The "NO FEAR" Stickers on the helmets

    The guy who transfered from one company to another and claims he was qualified to do this, that, and everything under the sun - come to find out that he was basically tossed out for being a pain in the a** and wasn't certified to pick up an axe let alone drive apparatus as he says he was qualified to do

    Even as a paid guy I guess I could be considered a wacker....Why ? I love my job...Not afraid to admit it. I'll wax trucks, clean the fire house and where the uniform every shift right down to the badge and name plate and I love to make the runs.

    Yet there are idiots out there and I guess Every company has one or two

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    Originally posted by BD6413
    Yet there are idiots out there and I guess Every company has one or two
    ...or three, or four...some of us are just lucky I guess...
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    Originally posted by peon30
    we call them bumper-monkeys down here.
    HAH! Haven't heard that one yet.....but I like it.
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    We also have a "Bumper Monkey", never fails!!!!!!! No matter how many times we have SCBA training his never works right.......
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    What do you call a FD Whacker that is now a Part time Deputy and is wearing a combination of FD and SO Clothing including gun.
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    Originally posted by MacInnis
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    You think I can get soem of those sounds links for ringtones...


    What do you call a FD Whacker that is now a Part time Deputy and is wearing a combination of FD and SO Clothing including gun.
    a confused whacker!
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    Originally posted by co1junior
    What is a "whacker"? I hear some of you all call other members or some of the things they are trying to get off the ground like the firefighter bands but I still dont get what it totally means. I have a pretty good idea but i just need to clarify.
    Well, lets put it this way. You guys run with Dargan??
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    Dear Lord please do not let me see anyone where this shirt...
    and if I do, please restrain me from saying something. Tell me you haven't really seen this shirt?
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