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    I was reading in another thread about a guy wanting to know how to end a dry spell that came with a new guy. He was getting criticized for wanting to end this no-fire streak. So here's the question, when you go to work do you want to catch a fire? I personally want a fire every day. This is not to say that I want extra destruction of property, but just that it's going to happen anyway, so it may as well happen in our area. We were riding aroud one day and someone made a comment about a good looking house. Another guy answered "It would look better with fire blowing out of every window!" It was funny, but only because everyone around us thinks the same way - they want to work. So there's the question - fire away! (no pun intended)

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    Dunno about everyone else but yes, I want some action. The guys start getting a little grouchy if we go to long without a fire. I'm not saying I want the world to burn, I hate to see people loose everything they own. The fact is, fires are going to happen, and when they happen I want to be there. I'm going to stay close to this thread, the heat this will draw will make me feel right at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoFF
    I was reading in another thread about a guy wanting to know how to end a dry spell that came with a new guy. He was getting criticized for wanting to end this no-fire streak. So here's the question, when you go to work do you want to catch a fire? I personally want a fire every day. This is not to say that I want extra destruction of property, but just that it's going to happen anyway, so it may as well happen in our area. We were riding aroud one day and someone made a comment about a good looking house. Another guy answered "It would look better with fire blowing out of every window!" It was funny, but only because everyone around us thinks the same way - they want to work. So there's the question - fire away! (no pun intended)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkfd7505
    I hate to see people loose everything they own. The fact is, fires are going to happen, and when they happen I want to be there.
    I'd hope that would sum up the majority here... it does for me... if it's going to happen, I'd at least like to be there to help make a difference.

    Of course, if we never had a real fire again... that's not a bad thing. The whole proactive vs. reactive thing. There are side-effects though, like people with less and less real world experience.
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    yes I want fires. Pretty much no matter what job you do you want to be challenged at it. Fires are a challenge for us so yes I want fires.
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    More would be nice. There are so few here (could count them on one hand), everyone starts to get rusty. Unfortunately we have few training opportunities either. I’m worried the lack of experience will start to get dangerous.

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    Hmmm, from a firefighters view sure. Fighting fire is what we do. But in reality no, I dont wish a loss like that on anyone. It also means we have failed in our prevention and education efforts.

    It really wouldnt bother me if I never went to abother fire...unless I got the pipe.
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    Be careful for what you wish for... With that in mind I love to fight fire.
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    We just had a hit two shifts ago, it makes a huge difference in the guys. The longer we go without, the more the little things like vehicle maintenance, the station, uniform policies and the administration in general gets to the members.
    While I don't want to see anyone loose their stuff, if I'm working bring it on.

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    Bring 'em on!!!!

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    I started the other thread to see if there were any traditions out there for welcoming new people who bring the cloud with them feel like a brother. Instead I get jumped for you want more fire.

    For those who jumped: 9 months at that truck and those were the first 2 significant fires. We found it kinda funny that the second the new guy took his gear off the truck the tones dropped for a structure fire, hence the "white cloud."

    Guess there are too many here that keep their panties in a bunch and just look to jump on someone. Kinda sad. Guess it is the death of fun, tradition and brotherhood in the fire service.

    I learned from a captain the three things he expected from his crew: (1) Do your job. (2) Do it well. (3) Have fun.

    As for wanting fires. Yes, I hope we catch some. Do I hope someones house burns down?

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    Are you kidding? No, really you mean there a firefighter's out there that don't want fire's. Say it Aint So.

    No one likes to see someone else's stuff go up in smoke. A fire is one of the most destructive and devestating events that can occur in a person's life and as FF's we see that more than anyone else, so naturally anyone with an ounce of human decency and a conscious doesn't want to see anyone experience this foul event.

    On the other hand. Yes its going to happen, I just hope it happens on my shift. Its my job to fight fires its how I earn a living. It ain't gotta be the world but a worker will do.

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    Ahh the puffing of smoke, the crackling of flames, the soft glow of fire blowing out the second floor windows of a 3 story wood-frame tenement. Yep that does it for me. Give me at least one a tour! (I'm not that greedy )
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    I hope something burns in my running territory nearly everyday. I may pass occasionally on a day where I am sick. Nah......every day.
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    Ohhhh....F-I-R-E-S....I thought the questions was, "Do you want fries."

    I would be happy if I never had to see anyone lose their home again, BUT we are FIREfighters. We spend so much time training and trying to perfect our skills to do just that. Fight fires. Being a firefighter with no fires would be like being, I dunno, a doctor with no patients, a lawyer with no cases, a cop with no donuts...ohhh wait...I mean a cop without anyone to arrest.

    I hope for structurally sound, unoccupied buildings...but, of course, only because actually getting to work raises morale.
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    I love the experence that comes getting to learn from a good trauma or a good job but you think about it I don't someones house to burn down or grandmother die just so I can learn. What its come down to for me is I'm happy with a four call tour if just fall victims or a day without calls cause nobody needed our help. I just can't wish for someone to get sick and feel good about that but when it happens it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
    You are kidding me right? I would hope that no one on here is hoping for a fire, a fatal accident, or anything bad to happen to your neighbors. That is just plain crazy. I would much rather drill and practice than to have the real thing. I must be in the minority for not wanting any harm to come to my fellow human beings.
    I think your missing the point here. Nobody is saying they wish harm or sorrow on anyone. Just that if it's going to happen (and it is), we want to be the ones that respond.

    I thoroughly enjoy fighting fire, but I HATE to see anyone suffer loss of any kind.




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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
    You are kidding me right? I would hope that no one on here is hoping for a fire, a fatal accident, or anything bad to happen to your neighbors. That is just plain crazy. I would much rather drill and practice than to have the real thing. I must be in the minority for not wanting any harm to come to my fellow human beings.
    You have quoted an entirely different situation. I think the question asked specifically about fires. I doubt anyone asnwering yes to the question gets giddy over fatalities in any form, but everything you have listed is our job or why you are a member of a volunteer department. Do I like going to fires? See my post above. Car wrecks? Yeah, A good pin is okay every now and then. Injuries and EMS calls? They break up the monotony of the day. I certainly don't wanna sit in the the house for a 24 hour shift and do nothing, but the satisfaction comes from helping people and righting bad situations. Fires and bad accidents are our biggest challenge. What can I say, I am always up for a challenge.
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    Starting to see why the fire service is not very forceful at pushing for residential sprinklers.
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    Sure I want to see fires, i'm a firefighter. If the world suddenly became fire free, and all I had to do was wax the trucks, i'd quit.

    On the other side of the coin, I dont want to see people get hurt, or loose there property, but like others have said, it will, and does happen.

    Lexfd5 mentioned rookies bringing on the fires. It happens like that at our dept too. Within two weeks of our last set of rookies graduating we had three really good structure fires. The best part of that was me being on the knob on the first due engine on two out of the three. BRING ON THE ROOKIES!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
    You are kidding me right? I would hope that no one on here is hoping for a fire, a fatal accident, or anything bad to happen to your neighbors. That is just plain crazy. I would much rather drill and practice than to have the real thing. I must be in the minority for not wanting any harm to come to my fellow human beings.
    Or you just want to disagree with the majority so you can argue on the internet as usual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IGotTheJumpSeat
    Lexfd5 mentioned rookies bringing on the fires. It happens like that at our dept too. Within two weeks of our last set of rookies graduating we had three really good structure fires. The best part of that was me being on the knob on the first due engine on two out of the three. BRING ON THE ROOKIES!
    We just brought on something like 14 rookies.

    Hmmm...Let's see what they bring us...




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    Quote Originally Posted by E40FDNYL35
    Be careful for what you wish for... With that in mind I love to fight fire.
    Many moons ago when the world was young and I was 10 ft tall and bulletproof(about 1966 ish), the lack of working jobs irked me somewhat.
    Looking at the tally sheet for a really busy station reasonably close to my abode-- South Norwood, South of the River Thames , I chose B28 Peckham--3,700 calls per year or near enuff. I lasted less than a year! Could not get back to a less busy station quickly enough--it cost me big in money(could not work at my second job-too tired) it cost even more in travelling expense, and time caught up in traffic--the working day had suddenly grown 2hrs more in the morning and the same at night.
    As for loving to fight fire--its like living in a brewery--the first hundred beers are not bad---but then you start tipping them down the drain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
    And very honestly, I don't think this is something anyone should be saying in an open public forum. I know if I am just a regular citizen and I see this I get a little bit upset.
    I gotta say I agree with Trojan .... this is a public forum and I don't think it leaves a good impression to tell our people 'we love fighting fires or want more fires'. Having said that, the personality types that go to make up the 'ideal; up front; get in and get it done' firefighter will thrive on action. It is what makes these chracters do what they do and the constant action keeps their mindset sharp and alert and ready. The vast majority of the population cannot understand the personality profile, or character, who is repeatedly willing to place his or herself in harms way to protect and save others.

    Firefighters thrive on the action .... the challenge .... the physical and emotional rollercoaster that has something to do with the natural 'burst' of chemicals racing through the body on each run, fire and rescue. If they didn't have this desire .... they just wouldn't be good at what they do.

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    We just pulled two fires in one day. 5pm and then again at midnight. Both homes were vacant. First one was hit fast and knocked down right away. The second was a lot more work.

    I agree with the others on this thread; it sure gives the guys something else to talk about than the cleaning and administration.

    I'll take one a day.

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