Why register? ...To Enhance Your Experience

View Poll Results: My or my family personal experance a need for EMS services lead me to become FF/EMT

Voters
56. You may not vote on this poll
  • personal experance

    9 16.07%
  • close family member experance

    8 14.29%
  • other family member expernce

    1 1.79%
  • TV or other media influance

    5 8.93%
  • never need the services of EMS system

    8 14.29%
  • witnessed emergency where no one could give aid

    2 3.57%
  • other

    35 62.50%
Multiple Choice Poll.
+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 21 to 40 of 82
  1. #21
    Forum Member Alabaster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    3

    Smile

    Age - 24

    Length in the service - 3 yrs

    Why I volunteer? To serve the community.

    What need(s) I think it fills in me? - I've always wanted to be able to give something back to the community. I found firefighting to be the best way for me to do this. Plus it's really fun.


  2. #22
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Lansing, KS USA
    Posts
    113

    Default

    Why do I volunteer? A very good question indeed.
    1. Age: I am 46 years old.

    2. Length of Service: Have been a vollie since 1979, that is 27 years. The youngsters call me a dinosaur.

    3. Why? I was exposed to the fire department when I was a kid. My dad was a vollie. My uncle also was a member. When I was 13 I read a book that was to have a huge impact on my life. It was, "Report from Engine Co. 83" written by Dennis Smith, the founding editor of Firehouse Magazine. Since the local department was volunteer me and a buddy decided to join. I have been there since that time. The expierence there helped get me into a paid department where I now have 21 years.

    4. What needs does it fill? I am not sure it fills any special needs for me. But what I can say is this, when I am on the nozzle going into a good blaze I love it. It is dangerous and very hard work, true, but God help me I do love the battle so. It is a terrible thing to happen to a family or business to be a victim of fire but I want to be the one there to fight it. Helping others in trouble like in a car wreck or suffering some injury is rewarding. Yet it can also be a nightmare if they don't make it. We used to have an older lady that would call for an ambulance almost weekly. We run calls with EMS, and sometimes we would bitch and complain later about it but now that she is gone, she is missed. She just needed some contact with someone, the fire department and EMS folks were there to help. She got to know some of us by name and always got special treatment. We also got Christmas cards from her every year. Another thing that is special is the look in a kids eyes and the huge smile when you let them sit behind the steering wheel of the pumper. That alone makes all the bad things worth it.
    Vintage Firefighter: The older I get, the braver I was.

  3. #23
    Forum Member RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by justme0203
    I am attending college to obtain a degree in Physiology. I need to do a research paper and plan to do it on why people volunteer to be firefighter and/or EMTs. And compare them to the studies of why people fail to act in an emergency.

    1. Age ?
    2. Length in the service?
    3. Why I volunteer?
    4. What need(s) I think it fills in me?

    Thank you for the help. This paper s due in 5 weeks I take accelerated course work.
    Just past the questions in your reply.

    No offence, but here's a litte friendly advice. You need to work on your spelling. If I was a teacher and you turned in a paper with the number of spelling mistakes you made in your poll alone, you'd get a big red F.

    Influence
    Experience

    Good luck.
    Last edited by RspctFrmCalgary; 12-06-2006 at 10:35 PM.
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

  4. #24
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    8

    Default Answers

    I am 65 yrs young.

    Been fire fighting since 1964

    I do it so that others might live.

    Enjoy helping people in trouble.

  5. #25
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Versailles Indiana
    Posts
    4

    Default

    1. 19
    2. 3 years
    3. i volunteer because i am in school for fire service tech and its a freakin blast!!!!!
    Versailles Fire-Rescue

  6. #26
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    32

    Default Why?

    1. 27
    2. 4
    3. I like the people I work with (most of the time), its fun and exciting and I like working/helping people
    4. Love the adrenaline/excitement (sometimes), I like meeting new people and helping them out

  7. #27
    Forum Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    7

    Default

    sorry, spell check is my friend. It takes me a while to write and rewrite.

  8. #28
    Forum Member tbonetrexler's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Magnolia, Delaware US
    Posts
    527

    Post

    Age= 18

    Years in Service= 2

    Why= The close freinds i have made and the oppurtunity to help others.

    What need i think it fills in me= To be different than the average person on the street.

    And you spelled "experience" wrong, lol.
    Do a little dance, make a little rum, Italian Ice! Italian Ice!

    Actual lyric: Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight, get down tonight.
    (KC & The Sunshine Band "Do A Little Dance")

    My thoughts are mine alone and do not represent the thoughts of any Organization to which I am affiliated.

  9. #29
    MembersZone Subscriber RoughRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Oyster Bay, NY
    Posts
    798

    Default

    1. Age ? 40
    2. Length in the service? bout 8 inch's doh! I mean 6 years
    3. Why I volunteer? Chick's dig it and The Tiki bar.
    4. What need(s) I think it fills in me? my big fat ego
    Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.

    The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter!! Either side of the hill.


    IACOJ PROUD

  10. #30
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Lansing, KS USA
    Posts
    113

    Default

    I hit the wrong key when writing my reply the other night. The book I am talking about by Dennis Smith is, "Report from Engine Co. 82." Not 83 as I had put in my response. By the way, if any of you can get a hold of that book I highly recommend it. Very well written and gives you a feel how it must have been to fight fires in the Bronx in the 1960's and early 70's.
    Vintage Firefighter: The older I get, the braver I was.

  11. #31
    DVFD kldugas412's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Duson,La
    Posts
    88

    Thumbs up

    32 yrs old

    12 yrs in all vollie

    For me it is somthing that just has to be done. I can't see my self exsiting with out the friends and extended family I now have.

    I think it is the felling of belonging to something that you know makes a differance in someones life. Not to mention I get to ride in a fire truck and not just in a parade.

    K Dugas
    Duson Vol.Fire Dept.
    FF1 Haz Mat OP's

  12. #32
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    RI
    Posts
    67

    Default

    24 yrs old
    6 mos of Service.
    Why:

    When someone is in need of help, the fire service is there. I dont want my life to be about chasing the buck. I dont want to spend my life selling people on things for my own gain. I dont want to spend 45 years staring at a computer, helping to make CEOs and Investment Bankers millions. I dont fault anyone who does it but its not for me. I want my life to be dedicated to helping others. I want to be a fireman because its not about the money. We dont want anything but a thanks for the work we do. I do it so that I can get on a career dept. Not for the paycheck, but so that I dont have to spend 40hrs doing anything else but this, the business of helping those in need.

  13. #33
    MembersZone Subscriber
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    RI
    Posts
    67

    Default

    24 yrs old
    6 mos of Service.
    Why:

    When someone is in need of help, the fire service is there. I dont want my life to be about chasing the buck. I dont want to spend my life selling people on things for my own gain. I dont want to spend 45 years staring at a computer, helping to make CEOs and Investment Bankers millions. I dont fault anyone who does it but its not for me. I want my life to be dedicated to helping others. I want to be a fireman because its not about the money. We dont want anything but a thanks for the work we do. I do it so that I can get on a career dept. Not for the paycheck, but so that I dont have to spend 40hrs doing anything else but this, the business of helping those in need.

  14. #34
    Forum Member ndvfdff33's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Winterpeg Manitoba
    Posts
    2,461

    Default

    Age:21

    Length Of Service:6

    Why I Volunteer?: Brotherhood

    What Need I think it fills in me: Knowing I helped make a difference in someones life
    If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?

    Ryan

  15. #35
    MembersZone Subscriber mcaldwell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Panorama, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    3,022

    Default

    1. Age: 34

    2. Length in the service: 10 yrs V-FF, 15 yrs Medical/First Aid

    3. Why I volunteer: You need to do something with your extra time. You can get a part time job, or a hobby, or just sit around. This keeps me busy, and contributes to my community.

    4. What need(s) I think it fills in me: I enjoy knowing I can, and have, had a positive influence on peoples lives.

    Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!

    IACOJ

  16. #36
    MembersZone Subscriber firefighterbeau's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Central ND USA
    Posts
    451

    Default

    age 24

    years on 10


    why, my dad was chief so i was kinda born into it. after making one response i got hooked. now its an adrenline rush of doing the job, and helping people.

  17. #37
    MembersZone Subscriber ROOKIELZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,650

    Thumbs up

    Age: 42
    Length of Service: 6 years

    Why I Volunteer:
    There are a few components to why I volunteer: I always wanted to be useful and this started out as a way just to be useful. Then the "bug" hit me. After that, I saw a huge need for education in this field. I enjoy the feeling of helping someone and the satifaction of being part of a good team. I also enjoy the fact that there is no end to the learning possible in this field. Add in the feeling that it seems as though we are part of a dying breed in the small town/rural districts, I feel that more than ever, I need to stay and keep doing my part so that folks can keep going on with their lives knowing that they have us to depend on in their time of need.
    Oh, and I just plain love what we do, our history and tradition!

    There is also a tiny secret part of me that is a whacker which I try to keep firmly locked in the closet
    IACOJ
    If you are willing to teach;
    I am willing to learn.

  18. #38
    MembersZone Subscriber mcaldwell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Panorama, British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    3,022

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ROOKIELZ View Post
    There is also a tiny secret part of me that is a whacker which I try to keep firmly locked in the closet
    C'mon Rook,

    Let your Whacker Flag Fly!
    Never argue with an Idiot. They drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience!

    IACOJ

  19. #39
    MembersZone Subscriber ROOKIELZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    1,650

    Default

    C'mon Rook,

    Let your Whacker Flag Fly!
    __________________
    Can't do that...might lose whatever miniscule respect I may have garnered over the years...can't have that, now can we?
    IACOJ
    If you are willing to teach;
    I am willing to learn.

  20. #40
    Forum Member RspctFrmCalgary's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
    Posts
    6,329

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell View Post
    C'mon Rook,

    Let your Whacker Flag Fly!
    Marty, that almost sounds dirty!!!!

    Maybe it's because I've had a couple drinks in anticipation of our annual Christmas party that became a non-event
    September 11th - Never Forget

    I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

    Sheri
    IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
    Honorary Flatlander

    RAY WAS HERE FIRST

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

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

Similar Threads

  1. One more time and YOU'RE FIRED!!!!
    By StayBack500FT in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 63
    Last Post: 10-11-2007, 08:59 PM
  2. on call, volunteer or full time?
    By DartmouthFD2 in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 96
    Last Post: 12-21-2006, 04:23 PM
  3. Replies: 19
    Last Post: 04-06-2005, 08:54 PM
  4. Losing Volunteers, Why?
    By protomkv in forum Firefighters Forum
    Replies: 47
    Last Post: 08-05-2004, 05:19 PM
  5. Canada Post honours volunteer firefighters
    By CommDiva in forum The Off Duty Forums
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-16-2003, 07:05 PM

Posting Permissions

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