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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    The idea from this thread came from a post on the career FF forum.

    What jobs have you held in your lifetime? It might be interesting to see where we came from!

    Mine: Junior High through High School
    Paper route, delivering the Lowell Sun.
    Shoveling snow in winter, mowing lawns in the summer.

    Worked at Blake's Ice Cream and Restaurant...everything from washing dishes to cooking on the grill.

    McQuade's Department store: shoe salesman (Distributive Education program at the high school...school in the AM, got to leave and work in the afternoon)

    College years:
    Worked a summer at Symphonic Electronics Company assembling cheapo stereos (boy, that sucked!)

    Worked summers for a pest control company (Bain Pest Control as part of the ""termite crew")

    Played bass guitar in a couple of of rock bands and as a part of a theatre group performing "Godspell".

    Worked at a pet store in sales.

    After College, pre FD:

    Cable TV cameraman (Greater Boston Cable Television)
    Bain Pest Control as a service tech.
    Radio Sales and voiceovers (WGTR-AM 1060)

    FD: Got appointed in 1981

    Part time jobs since FD:
    Stocking shelves in a supermarket.
    Gravedigger and grounds maintenance for a parish cemetary.
    Massachusetts Fire Academy 1982-1995, 2000 to present
    Auto detailing for a high end auto body shop and a limo service.
    My own detailing venture.
    Free lance writing and reporting for two local newspapers.
    Is that all the jobs you had? :-) j/k

    Let's see, high school years:

    after high school:
    lots of jobs such as corn detassling, landscaping, retail, grocery store, security, etc. Burger King, Tim Hortons donut shop, etc. Have also volunteered for college paper and radio station.
    Now...to remember all the exact dates would be a real challenge.

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    High School, worked at a Gas Station
    College worked summers for U.S.Forest Service- Patrolman and Fire Crews, Winters worked at Gas Station
    Drafted into the Army, served in "NAM"
    After the Army went back to Forest Service as Crew Foreman, Got tired of being laid off. Hired by L.A. County Fire
    Slop sink, Flags and pump 150
    Getting there is half the fun

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    NW Wisconsin


    Childhood: paper boy 2 routes, Mowed lawns (summer), shoveled snow(winter)

    Highschool: mowed lawns for a Mall (Summer), Waxed floors for the MAll.(winter)
    Camp counclor/ 1 summer.

    College: Ski patrol, Worked for the department of natural resources clearing food plots and conducted wildlife counts.
    Drove for dominos pizza.

    Joined the Navy for 10 years as a helo rescue swimmer/sensor operator.
    5 years as a vollie in MD.
    Career firefighter 10 years and still going.

    Dam age is climbing when I look back at the time table..
    Last edited by plisken; 05-09-2007 at 12:11 AM.
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    This is a pretty cool thread..........

    Growing up.... mowing lawns in the neighborhood, shovelling snow, msc. yardwork for anyone who would let me in their yard.

    Junior High.... first real job at age 14 working in the school cafeteria washing dishes, prep cooking, serving, etc.

    High School....During the summers worked for a construction company pouring concrete and was the official "humper", one stinkin' wheel borrow full at a time. For each spilled wheel borrow it cost me a 12pk for the boys.

    College years....Joined Altoona Fire Dept at age 18. 16 years so far and going strong! Also worked at Arby's for 2 years while going to school.

    *Delivery driver- Chippewa Valley Tech. College. Delivered CPR dummies, EMT supplies for regional EMS classes.

    *Map maker- (cartographer has the degree) Digitized, drew, and processed GIS maps. Everything from the map you buy at the gas station, elevation maps, military maps, to detailed city/county maps for infrastructure, etc.

    *Airport Firefighter- Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, Eau Claire, WI. Started part-time eventually becoming Chief for 2 years at age 25. (one P-19 crash truck, 4 guys, and an $84,000 annual budget. At least it was a start and looked good on the resume!!! )

    *Driver/EMT- Osseo Area Ambulance. Worked part time while working at the airport.

    *Reserve Sergeant- Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office. Started shortly after getting hired as a dispatcher. Started as a reserve deputy and eventually promoted to Sgt. I had to resign after 6 years because I had no time for other things like a "normal" life. (I like my days off )

    *911 dispatcher- City/County of Eau Claire. 9 years so far.
    Last edited by Dickey; 05-10-2007 at 02:14 AM.
    Jason Knecht
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    Altoona Fire Dept.
    Altoona, WI

    IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine

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    hah i'm not too sure I have room to put them all... as bad as that is..

    skating rink as DJ/floor watch
    Bank as data entry for car loans
    Car audio sales at a good sized audio store
    Host at Logan's roadhouse
    Mechanic at a small shop
    tire sales at NTB
    media sales at Best Buy
    sold dog food at petsmart for Blue Buffalo (BORING job)
    dog groomer at Petsmart
    Vet Tech
    ambulance driver

    and i'm 23... BUT i'm finally happy in something i'm doing so i'm FINALLY on the right track.

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    I won't name the agencies in order to maintain my anonymity:

    After HS - U. S. Marine Corps
    After d/c: Service writer for a now defunct Dodge dealership (had nothing to do with it going out of business )

    Security officer for Digital Computer Corporation (in a town RIGHT next to Gonzo's)

    Police dispatcher and EMT-Basic
    Police/Fire/EMS dispatcher and EMT, POC EMT and Firefighter
    Career Firefighter for 2 departments
    Laid off by one......then worked as a Paramedic.........

    Worked part-time as a Paramedic through PA school and now I work in an Emergency Department as a Physician Assistant.
    "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Rogers

    The borrower is slave to the lender. Proverbs 22:7 - Debt free since 10/5/2009.

    "No man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." - New York Judge Gideon Tucker

    "As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government." - Dave Barry

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    Why? It's not like you're going to visit me! But I'm near Waco, Texas


    First job I held was at the end of my senior year in high school I work for Winn-Dixie Grocery in Waco for a whole 1 1/2 years till I got hired by Rural\Metro in Dallas as a dispatcher. Four years later I transferred to Rural\Metro in Waco till they left and East Texas Medical Center came in. That's it for me.
    NREMT-P\ Reserve Volunteer Firefighter\Reserve Police Officer
    IACOJ Attack

    Experts built the Titanic, amateurs built the Ark.

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    55 Years & Still Rolling hwoods's Avatar
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    Glenn Dale Md, Heart of the P.G. County Fire Belt....

    Talking WhooHoo.............


    Started helping my Father with Plumbing jobs when I was old enough to carry the tools.
    Right out of high school, went to work for the Forest Service as a Lookout Tower operator.
    Hired by a Major Metro FD in 1962, left them for a Large Metro area Combo FD in 1965, retired in 1985. Since then, Part time gigs as a Dump Truck Driver, Railroad Track Repairman, Freight Train Crewman, (Learned to Drive the Locomotive too) Settled into Asphalt work about 15 years ago, Now own an Asphalt Maintenence Company. Also, a recent 3 year stretch as a Part Time Firefighter for the Forest Service. I've also lived on, and worked, a small (80 Acres) Farm for the past 33 years. And I tried my hand at being a Scrap Metal Broker. And, what seems like a Full Time Job, I'm in my 49th year as a Volunteer Firefighter, with the last 21 years as a Chief Officer.

    And in my spare time..........
    Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
    In memory of
    Chief Earle W. Woods, 1912 - 1997
    Asst. Chief John R. Woods Sr. 1937 - 2006

    IACOJ Budget Analyst

    I Refuse to be a Spectator. If I come to the Game, I'm Playing.


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    Default HHHmmmm Lemme Think......

    Let's see:
    Junior High School:
    Irrigation Company (Digging ditches, clean-up and finally installations)
    Drywall Company (Carryin' stuff, holdin' drywall, clean-up and then nailer/installer)
    Ranch (Professional "Mucker" of digested hay, cleaned hoofs)

    High School:
    Irrigation Company (Installs)
    Drivin' Water Tenders for my Uncle
    Pets Shop (Sales and then eventually Asst. Manager)
    Roofer for about a week
    Painted houses
    Vons Grocery (Courtesy Clerk, Nightcrew and the last 6 months as Loss Prevention)

    After High School:
    Worked on Bird Farm as a Professional "Mucker" of bird crap....... (armed with only a 55 gallon bucket and a scraper...... windy days sucked) and feedin' the large birds by wheel bucket and 5 gallon bucket...... windy days sucked. We had Asian Quail, Guinnies, Pheasants. Eventually worked-up to help clean pig stalls and help insemenate various animals such as pigs, cows, horses and the such while still cleanin' crap.

    Irrigation Company
    Local Hospital (Stockin' PIXIS Machines and each Department of Medical Equipment)
    Got hired by F.D. at the age of 19 at the level of a Paid-Call FF

    Earned spot workin' shift work (M-F, 0800-1700) as an Extra-Help FF
    Became a Driver/Operator for F.D.
    Worked/Instructed as a Lifeguard
    Was given a crew of 3, could only pay 2 though daily...... ran crew and calls
    U.S.F.S. for a season on a Handcrew
    Ski Patrol as a Base Patroller and later moved-up to an actual Ski/Snowboard Patroller

    How I got through the Fire Academy:
    Local Hospital
    F.D. on the "Box"
    Gotta loan from a great friend......

    After Academy:
    Irrigation (Repairs and installs)
    Non-professional hauler of Rodeo Horses (for x wife)
    Owned a Business teachin' ICS, NIMS and Tactics
    Career FF, promoted to Engineer
    Paid-Call for my original Dept. still
    Volunteer FF/Engineer (I think that's my position..... still new)
    Husband, again...... I know I didn't learn the first time

    I think that's it....... I know I forgot somethin'........
    "Be LOUD, Be PROUD..... It just might save your can someday when goin' through an intersection!!!!!"

    Life on the Truck (Quint) is good.....

    Eat til you're sleepy..... Sleep til you're hungry..... And repeat.....

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    I think I am beginning to hate this thread. Everytime I start to go over the list of jobs I've held, I think about my life, and how my job history really doesn't reflect who I think I am. Bummer.. Anyway, I guess I'll bite..
    Junior High-High School: stockboy at local Pharmacy one day a week, mowed grass in summer for lady in my church.
    High School: Same as above, plus checked cotton during summer vacation for insect infestations, referred findings to boss so he could tell farmers what to spray for.( Introduction to contract labor and paying lots of self employment taxes..)
    College: Worked part time at a Muffler Shop doing mechanic work, and brakes, as well as playing with fire. (acetylene torch and welders..)
    After Graduation with Associates Degree in Auto Technology: Continued work in Muffler shop for another year.(Refused to follow guidance counselors advice to go into accounting because of high math scores.. Proud smile: 4.0 GPA in college algebra AND technical physics.)
    Quit muffler shop, went to work as mechanic on Natural Gas compressors and oilfield pumpjack engines for about two and a half years.
    Went back to school for truckdriving.
    Worked for a little over two years driving a truck doing local deliveries for a steel company.
    Quit and went to work driving over the road for most of a year working for a friend of mine.
    Bought my own truck and became semi-independant, self employed(Leased on to a few different companies as a contractor).
    I have been self employed for almost 6 years now.
    Joined a volunteer fire department about a year ago, after being around it for a few years and helping unofficially.(Greatest thing I've done so far in my life.)
    Looking for something to do when I grow up.

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    Gas station attendant 1 yr
    Dish washer summer
    Grocery bagger 1.5 yr
    Building houses summer
    USAF 23 yr
    Volunteer Firefighter 1 yr

    And still having a Blast!!

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    Too many to list, but probably my second favorite job in life was pumping gas on the NY State Thruway in the late 70's when the gas shortages were going on. Anyone remember 5.00 maximums, odd/even license plate days etc? Made a lot of cash on the sly back then and there was nothing better then when shift ended pulling up my orange Ford Maverick to the front of a mile long line and filling the tank.

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    Oh..forgot this one, 12 years old, got a small job cleaning the local volunteer firehouse on the day after meetings. Had to clean bathrooms-wax floors etc. Should have taken only 2 hrs a week but probably spent 6 hrs alone staring at the 1958 Mack "B" series pumper and reading the firehouse journals.

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    Gee, I havenít had to bring up the past for a long time. Think Iíll keep a copy of this for the Grandchildren. They might be surprised what this old guy has done.
    Started out pedaling the morning papers in 1955, and later worked for a local fire extinguisher service company during high school.

    After graduation, I worked for a local manufacturing company running lathes & grinders making carbon parts for pumps and jet engines.

    Full time student for 2 years at DeVry Tech in Chicago. Then returned to home town and worked for a TV & appliance store as a service tech.

    Returned to the manufacturing sector making powder metal parts as a press operator, oven operator and QC Technician. Found a job as an electronics tech. for General Dynamics working on Ground support equipment for the TFX program (now the F-111 aircraft) and later in the electoaccoustics lab building sonar listening devices for the Navy.

    Returned to the old home town and worked as a research tech in a carbon plant, took a promotion to cost analyst position and later Tool and Gauge technician. Began running with the local Volly department. Cut back in industry forced a return to Powder Metal manufacturing and later back to another carbon manufacturer as a research tech. in their electronics division, where I performed Mil testing on carbon composition, carbon film and ceramic resistors.
    Promoted to Quality Engineer and later Quality Manager for this company in the electronics division with operations in seven plants on the East Coast from NC through Va. and into Northern Pa.

    Family was grown and empty nest allowed me to return to college, so at age 51 I graduated from Pitt with a BS in Business and a minor in Math. Found employment in a local mfg plant that was subsequently closed and the operation moved to Mexico City.

    Went to truck driving school and spent the next 10 years driving over the road for Barr-Nunn and a local company. Finally got to retire in January of 2005.

    Along the way I found the time to function as a firefighter, driver, Lt., Capt., Asst. Chief, and Deputy Chief. , and a PA State Fire Instructor specializing in Pump Operations, and Driver Training. Currently listed as an Instructor Emeritus and working part time for Butler County Community College.

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    High school:
    City housing - landscaping and maintenance work 2000-now
    School district - theater electrician, stage hand, carpenter 1999-2003

    City housing - (still there)
    Worked in campus cafeteria on the grill, dish room, and serving line, finally became shift manager 2003-2005
    Fire department 2005-now
    Campus public safety officer (started as patrol officer, quickly moved to communications and dispatch management along with other admin crap) 2005-now
    Radio station engineer - started about a month ago

    Wow, 4 jobs right now. Not to mention odd jobs I do for people in the realm of handyman stuff.
    Last edited by ffexpCP; 05-14-2007 at 02:59 AM.

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