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

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  • 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%
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    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

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

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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
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    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.

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    age 24

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    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.

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    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
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    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!
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    C'mon Rook,

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    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
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    1. Age ? --24
    2. Length in the service? --just started, haven't even been to a fire yet
    3. Why I volunteer? -- I've always wanted to be a firefighter, every since I was a kid. I finally decided I would do it.
    4. What need(s) I think it fills in me? -- I have always had a yerning(sp?) to help people.
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    age - 48

    time in service - 2 months

    why I volunteer - Service to the community, like helping people, love the thrill of running out into the night on a call, love fighting fire.

    need it fills in me - need to help people and to feel like I am using my life for something good. I feel very alive as a firefighter / first responder.

    Our pastor at church said that a lot of people could say on their deathbed: "I was born, I consumed, and I died." I don't want that to be me...I want to be a good servant.

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    1. Age ? --18
    2. Length in the service? --3yrs, 2-1/2 as an exploder and 6 mo as a FF/EMT.
    3. Why I volunteer? -- I stumbled across firefighting because a friend in class asked me to come check out the exploder post at the dept. because they needed members. I joined immediately and have been lovin it ever since,
    4. What need(s) I think it fills in me? -- I like being able to make a difference no matter how small. Because at the end of the day you feel like youve actually accomplished something worthwhile. And one reason is because it is just fun to drive down the road in a big red truck making noise.
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    1. Age 22

    2. Years of service 1

    3. Why: I have always wanted to since I was very young. I have no family in the fire service and have never needed to call for help. Maybe seeing the neighbors house on fire when I was young has made me want to do it.

    4. It allows me to help others. Makes me feel like I am doing something very important with my life.

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    QUOTE: And one reason is because it is just fun to drive down the road in a big red truck making noise.

    Res1cueffd, you said it all right there.

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    1. Age 29

    2. Length in the service 13 years (3 years as a junior memeber)

    3. Why I volunteer To help others in there time of need, and i grew up in a vollie house so its a PRIDE thing (upstate NY, Big Indian to be exact).

    4. What need(s) I think it fills in me I have always felt the need to help others in thier time of need it makes me feel good to be able to give back to the community in which I live.

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    1. Age ? 29
    2. Length in the service? 12
    3. Why I volunteer? to help people, adrenoline, brotherhood
    4. What need(s) I think it fills in me? a hobby that i love to do
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    p.s.

    anyone that tells you they aren't hooked on the adreneline in addition to other reasons is lying
    if there's no firetrucks in heaven, i aint going

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckresmer View Post
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    anyone that tells you they aren't hooked on the adreneline in addition to other reasons is lying
    Ain't that the truth. My first time out was just the other night. Talk about a rush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justme0203 View Post
    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.

    1. Age ? 32
    2. Length in the service? 14 years
    3. Why I volunteer? I am a volunteer because I love helping others
    4. What need(s) I think it fills in me? It fills my need for excitment is
    the only thing I can think of. I was born and raised in the fire
    service. My father is a retired Fire Chief who had 30 yrs as a
    FF. I am a EMT-B since 1995. I just love being a FF.

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