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    Hey all,

    I've heard that career departments have height requirements for truckies, for instance FDNY's is 5'9 (correct me if I'm wrong.)

    On that same note, has anyone ever heard of a volunteer truck company having a height requirement?

    The reason I ask is because I'd prefer to work as an FF on a truck company, and I'm well... you know... short. 5'7.

    Thanks and stay safe.

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    Talking Never heard that....

    Angellini (sp?!?!) who was killed on 9-11 was from FDNY Rescue 1 and was short...and I beleive he did his fair share of truck company work.



    but I will add this..

    You know why truckies cut holes in roofs?

    So they can see what the real fireman are doing!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kswartz79
    Hey all,

    I've heard that career departments have height requirements for truckies, for instance FDNY's is 5'9 (correct me if I'm wrong.)
    That is not true! I am 5'6" , 5'7" on good days and I am in a truck company. I have never heard of a volly company having height requirements. By the way I find that being a bit of a smaller guy in the truck helps out a lot of the time. Especially when climbing fire escapes or getting donw small sets of stairs into cellars or walking around in very short cellars/basements. Climbing into windows is also a bit easier for me; I would assume anyways! Good luck guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kswartz79
    Hey all,

    I've heard that career departments have height requirements for truckies, for instance FDNY's is 5'9 (correct me if I'm wrong.)

    On that same note, has anyone ever heard of a volunteer truck company having a height requirement?

    The reason I ask is because I'd prefer to work as an FF on a truck company, and I'm well... you know... short. 5'7.

    Thanks and stay safe.
    There is nothing hard and fast. Generally Tall guys work better on Ladder Co's and the shorter fellas work well in the Engines. But I've seen the opposite to both extreems. There is nothing stopping you from doing Truck work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefiftyfive
    That is not true! I am 5'6".........
    HAHHAA You Runt........
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    It's a complete stereotype just like in any profession that requires size and strength.

    It's not just about getting the job done, but excelling at the job. I don't care if you're on an engine or a truck. Get the job done proficiently and correct.

    What's so great about being 6'7, 275lbs? It just means that it will take that many more firefighters to get you out.

    If a department put sometype of physical characteristic restriction on a job that I was good at, I'd simply find another job with another department.

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    Well, that's good news. Thanks everyone for your input.

    firefiftyfive, I kinda figured I was wrong about that, I just happened across that info in a book about R2 in Brooklyn. I thought it was kinda silly too, for all the reasons you mentioned.

    oh and very funny, resq1.

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    oooo I almost forgot to ask. I see a few of you guys that just posted are FDNY, and I know at least one of you is a truckie for sure. Who handles pin jobs in NYC? Just the rescue companies or do your trucks have hurst tools and vehicle rescue stuff on them too?
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    According to this....http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/un...ml.........all ladder companies get extrication training. I know that the Rescues do it for sure.

    Do the Squads carry extrication equip??
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    The1andonly,

    It is a sterotype based in fact and for a good reason. Tall guys have better leverage at throwing ladders and using tools and hooks when trying to pull ceilings...etc. Until the 1970s there was a height requirement to get on the job 5'9" was the minimum.

    All squads rescues and Ladders have the hurst tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieB
    HAHHAA You Runt........
    That's very funny vinnie, if they oooonly knew!

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    I didn't know there was a height requirement for this job.Two guys on my old vollie department would have had to been stretched on the rack to meet anything taller than 5'5".
    Being a volunteer department,one didn't know until the call came in whether they'd get to be a truckie or an engine guy,so we trained to do it all so we'd have an inkling of what we were supposed to do next.
    I enjoyed truckie work because you were expected to tear stuff up and if the call was an ex girlfriend's new boyfriend's house,that qualified as a bennie to the job.Heh-heh-heh.
    BTW,I told this one in the local Coast Guard office and can't figure out why my Master's License carried an expiration date from three days before I'd walked into the place:
    Why is there a 6' minimum height requirement to join the Coast Guard?
    So if the ship sinks,you can wade to shore without getting your knees wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED
    The1andonly,

    It is a sterotype based in fact and for a good reason. Tall guys have better leverage at throwing ladders and using tools and hooks when trying to pull ceilings...etc. Until the 1970s there was a height requirement to get on the job 5'9" was the minimum.

    All squads rescues and Ladders have the hurst tool.

    FTM-PTB
    It's only true if the person is in good shape. I know plenty of guys that are much larger than I am and I out perform them hands down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefiftyfive
    That's very funny vinnie, if they oooonly knew!
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    how about 5'7.5" 200 and a 34" waist, oh yea and 37 y/o -- just curious
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    Why would you want to be a Truckie anyway?

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    I think it's interesting, but I don't have any real experience.
    I am a highly trained professional and can find my :: expletive deleted:: with either hand in various light conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHATTEREDDREAMS
    Why would you want to be a Truckie anyway?

    Why wouldnt you want to be!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHATTEREDDREAMS
    Why would you want to be a Truckie anyway?
    i would love to be one of the nuckle dragging, mouth breathers!!!
    (btw, Im 6'2" and 250 lbs of pure muscle)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHATTEREDDREAMS
    Why would you want to be a Truckie anyway?
    That is sort of a dumb question!!!!

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    You just may need an 8ft Hook instead of a 6ft. Midgets looks funny carrying them anyway.
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    What's wrong with the truck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHATTEREDDREAMS
    Why would you want to be a Truckie anyway?
    Well, for me it was my Grandfather and 2 uncles who were all CFD and all Truckie. Well one of my uncles has been bounced around a bit. But my other uncle was on a Truck Co., and now hes on a Tower Ladder. My grandfather was on Truck 2 (downtown) for 25 years, then he was a batallion cheif for 5....heh. You just have to love having heritage in this business.

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    Their are two types of firefighters:
    1. Those who are truckies.
    2. Those who want to be truckies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithA8
    Their are two types of firefighters:
    1. Those who are truckies.
    2. Those who want to be truckies!
    Nope....the word firefighter means someone who actually "fights" fire....and that would be Engine Men.....will someone remind me how many fire go out by beating it with a stick?
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