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    Its going to seem wierd to you if and when you get accepted into the department. Most people go in with the hey I'm volunteering, they need me attitude and some get upset when they get to the academy/training part of it and get hammered on a bit. You start thinking hey I'm volunteering for this why should I get hammered on attitude. Yes you are volunteering BUT you are providing a service that deals with the life and death aspect of society. Take the training in stride and realize that many many people before you have gone thru the same training and those are the people you look up to and someday you will be the person somebody else looks up to. Learn all you can from the training for this reason dont just squeak by. The first few months are going to be trying too. You will get to your station and hey guess what YOU ARE THE NEW GUY. Get ready for all the horrible jobs and jokes/pranks thrown at you. Realize that someday you will be telling the new guy "Thats nothin you shoulda seen what I had to go thru hehe". Its a right of passage. Yes the water in the bunker boot gag is always anoying but laugh it off, learn to laugh at yourself sometimes and someday you will be the joke player instead of the reciever. Take any oportunity to learn anything new, any outside classes, etc. There is never a better feeling when you know something others don't and can instruct/teach them these things. Don't get wrapped up in the naysayers of the department. Every dept. has them. You know the guys that show up for drill once every two months, never run any calls but are the first to point out all the "problems" with the dept. Steer clear of them. And last (I promise) realize you are just as big as a rockstar or sports hero to kids. Honking and waving or just stopping for a sec to say Hi at the store to the kids will be huge to them. This also goes for the adults (revert back to training snippet above). They will be looking for you to be the super human know all when your on scene (or at least look like it) so again KNOW YOUR STUFF. *steps off soap box*
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    Default :::::update:::::

    Well it seems like I've been writing this update for the past 3 days...or so... but I've had to work crazy hours, and then family time and such so here it is.

    Tues. I went to the FD showed up at about 6:15 PM (yeah 15 mins. early). Met everyone outside, and most seemed cool...a lot of rednecks, and they are definitely proud of it.

    But anyway, time passed and the drill/meeting started...the medics decided to teach medical stations...Splints (traction, inflatable, SAM), Backboards, KED, Medical Bags...all of which I knew how to use and operate, lol. But there are people in there that didn't even know what the hell a non-rebreather mask was...but I don't expect them to know it all, b/c I don't know it all...I'm far from knowing it all.

    It's just strange to me that some have no interest in Medicine, or Fire fighting...and such. I don't know...Anyway, I volunteered for the Backboard...b/c they told us (split us up into groups of 4) to demo the backboard, since I already knew I laid on it. Anyway, it was cool.

    All in all, it was cool everyone was nice...I see that some won't be there a lot of the time, and they are only doing it b/c their friends are there...but if I'm hired on as a volley then I'm staying.

    They do paid calls, and you get hired on...they don't vote...the chief decides if you get in or not...he wasn't there, but I stayed any way. There's about 25 ppl which includes the officers and Medics...I think I'll like it...if I can get passed the "if we tell you to direct traffic then do it" and the cockiness of some of the others, but you've gotta start somewhere no matter what you know...or don't know...and I'm willing to do that.

    Thanks for the support guys...and I'll be updating again to let you all know if I get in or not...thanks for everything.~

    ~Casey
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    Apok:
    Sounds like you did it right.
    Confidence but not cockiness.
    Knowledgeable but not a "know it all".
    Teacher who is still learning.
    But the remark about rednecks disturbed me.
    You're in Alabama. "Redneck" is the official breakfast of champions in that state. Don't act surprised!
    But, other than that, it sounds like you are on your way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apokryphos
    ...I think I'll like it...if I can get passed the "if we tell you to direct traffic then do it" and the cockiness of some of the others, but you've gotta start somewhere no matter what you know...or don't know...and I'm willing to do that.~Casey
    Casey,

    This statement reminds me of a live fire training class I took some time ago. I was getting ready to take the FF1 test and needed this class (and it's certificate of completion) so I took the class with a small rural fire dept over 150 miles away. I was the only student in the class that was not from this fire co, hence I was a stranger in a strange land.

    Most of the guys were VERY friendly and accepting of me and this was appreciated since it was a 16 hour class. I was impressed by the fact that this company, which gets about 30 calls per year was training so hard. There was however one FF who was a total snob and he went out of his way to make me feel uncomfortable. The funny thing about it was this individual probably weighed 350 or more Lbs and couldn't climb a ground ladder if his life depended on it. I mean this guy had two speeds, slow and slower. At 140 lbs I felt like a pip squeek next to him but when the "S" hits the fan I'm there and that's what matters. So, I really shrugged the whole thing off and made sure that I showed my appreciation to the hosting FC by doing everything I could to clean up after the drills.

    For me rolling hoses and repacking tools is just part of the job and doesn't bother me but I know some guys like to tell the rookies to do this as a sort of a power dominance thing. This is one of the reasons why I train hard, so that I know that I'm qualified to do most of the jobs at the fireground even if I end up doing grunt work, it's all the same to me but the guys in my FC are really good guys that appreciate everyone that puts in the effort and that is the key, put in the effort.

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    Default :::Update 11/29/05 :::

    Weeelll, it's time for another Tues. night update, lol. Well I went to meet the chief tonight, b/c tonight was their 5th Tues. of the Month, "Food Night" so I told the chief that I filled out an app. last wk and came to the drill. He found my application, and asked me to step into his office...Well then he proceeded to explain how things work. "You will have some training...we'll go over drills every tues. night, get you CPR certified, and all...we'll get you driving the vehicles, the Pumper, Fire Engines etc. and this and that...You aren't allowed to respond to any calls right now, until they feel that you are compentent enough, and then you'll get a pager, and a key to the station."

    *screeeech* Wait, did he just say compentent enough? Grrr...that's when I whip out my CPR/AED card...he said, "Oh okay...well that's good. Any other training? Well I am a Nursing student, I have had a supportive fiance who is a CCEMT-P,4, BSN, I can read rhythms, start I.V.s, Use a KED, Spineboard, Laryngoscope, E.T., and Combi-tube proficiently and could probably start a chest tube if you needed me too... (Okay, so I got a little cocky...but the whole competent thing, made me a little uneasy...) I also said, I had to leave early to register for my Basic classes, and he was pretty happy about that.

    All in all, I'm in so far, they told me I could come up there and hang out anytime I got ready, stay the night, and ride out with them, and the medic said that it'll be about Jan. when I get a key, and a pager but if I had a scanner then I could get their channel.

    So I guess I'll suck it up and do what I got to do.

    Thanks for listening...~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apokryphos
    Weeelll, it's time for another Tues. night update, lol. Well I went to meet the chief tonight, b/c tonight was their 5th Tues. of the Month, "Food Night" so I told the chief that I filled out an app. last wk and came to the drill. He found my application, and asked me to step into his office...Well then he proceeded to explain how things work. "You will have some training...we'll go over drills every tues. night, get you CPR certified, and all...we'll get you driving the vehicles, the Pumper, Fire Engines etc. and this and that...You aren't allowed to respond to any calls right now, until they feel that you are compentent enough, and then you'll get a pager, and a key to the station."

    *screeeech* Wait, did he just say compentent enough? Grrr...that's when I whip out my CPR/AED and PALS, and Bloodborne Pathogens cards...he said, "Oh okay...well that's good. Any other training? Well I am a Nursing student, I have had a supportive fiance who is a EMT-P,4, CC, BSN, I can read rhythms, start I.V.s, Use a KED, Spineboard, Laryngoscope, E.T., and Combi-tube proficiently and could probably start a chest tube if you needed me too... (Okay, so I got a little cocky...but the whole competent thing, made me a little uneasy...) I also said, I had to leave early to register for my Basic classes, and he was pretty happy about that.

    All in all, I'm in so far, they told me I could come up there and hang out anytime I got ready, stay the night, and ride out with them, and the medic said that it'll be about Jan. when I get a key, and a pager but if I had a scanner then I could get their channel.

    So I guess I'll suck it up and do what I got to do.

    Thanks for listening...~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apokryphos
    *screeeech* Wait, did he just say compentent enough? Grrr...that's when I whip out my CPR/AED and PALS, and Bloodborne Pathogens cards...he said, "Oh okay...well that's good. Any other training? Well I am a Nursing student, I have had a supportive fiance who is a EMT-P,4, CC, BSN, I can read rhythms, start I.V.s, Use a KED, Spineboard, Laryngoscope, E.T., and Combi-tube proficiently and could probably start a chest tube if you needed me too... (Okay, so I got a little cocky...but the whole competent thing, made me a little uneasy...) I also said, I had to leave early to register for my Basic classes, and he was pretty happy about that.

    So I guess I'll suck it up and do what I got to do.
    Easy, there... Those are all nice EMS credentials, but it's a FIRE department and you will not be going on calls until you get your FIRE training. I don't see anything that you should have felt you needed to "suck up".

    When you start training on putting up the 24' extension ladder by yourself, and donning you SCBA in under a minute, and advancing a charged hose line... you'll probably feel a bit less cocky for a while.

    Keep this in mind... a friend of mine who is a TWENTY YEAR career city firefighter was hired into another city. Did he respond to calls right away? No. He had to go through their six-week department fire academy first, just like any first-year newbie. Had to start from scratch, learning side-by-side with kids who were being born when he faught his first fire.

    So don't get bent out of shape. There will be many, many comments that you can take the wrong way. Don't take them personally, and don't ever act like you are too good for more training!

    Keep writing. I want to hear what happens next!

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    Default Update...

    :::Update:::

    So this is prob. the last update for the year, unless you want to know how the Xmas party goes .

    They were kind of laid back at the last meeting, but I got to learn about how to turn on the hose things, lol. You know, pull up to the scene put it neutral, put the little choke thing in the middle position and all that...I forgot what's it called...but anyway, learned that and how to use it, where and how to use the foam, the location of all equipment on the truck, and how to use most of it.

    That's pretty much it, and they are planning to teach us how to drive the pump truck, the engine, and some other fire truck...it has hoses and all that but isn't as big as the engine...

    Anyway, thanks for listening...~

    ~Casey

    Oh, where can I find the reflective lettering on the back of the EMS jackets that most FD have? I just bought a jacket the other day @ a place called Mccains Uniforms ($120, Whew!), since I'm going into EMS...and one of the volley's that been there asked if I were going to get MOFD on the back of it?!

    Any info would be great...thanks again.~

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    Start a phys Ed program. Join your local gym, weight train, eat right, run.

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    2005!!!!!!!!

    Holy time warp Batman.

    This guy probably has joined and retired by now.
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