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    Default What do you love about being a firefighter?

    I don't think we've had one of these in a while and I think it's due time.
    What do you love most about being a firefighter?
    Do you have any funny story that sticks in your mind?
    What advice would you like to pass down to the younger generation?

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    What do I love about it, packing up going to any type of fire, know any could go wrong.

    What would I pass along, If your a volly, your officers are who's popular, not who knows their ****, so always watch your back!!!

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    Nothing like a 30 run 24 hour tour, getting relieved and taking a shower knowing that you wont have to do it again for at least 2 days!

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    Or watching the local news on a call you were just on and laughing your axes off while the reporter gets all the reasons wrong on why you did stuff.
    That and knowing more than what they can say on the news,only to have to keep your mouth shut about most of it because it's all stuff that folks just don't wanna know about.
    As to being a volly,my old department promoted from need and based the decision on the courses the officer candidate had taken to earn that level.Popularity had nothing to do with it.We had a couple officers that I'd heard stories about that would make you shake your head.Those tales explain the adage that "cream is not all that floats".
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    Having a parent stop by the station to say thanks.

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    The chicks dig it.









    Honestly its the quality friendships and doing the job when needed safely and going home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnyirons2 View Post
    Nothing like a 30 run 24 hour tour, getting relieved and taking a shower knowing that you wont have to do it again for at least 2 days!

    Amen,mate,amen--but you do realise that you have upset all the "one call wonders"?
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    the chicks dig it

    It also cracks me up that we sit around the station just waiting for something bad to happen, then we go tearin *** out of the house, sounds blairing with our hair on fire... i can hear the circus music playing

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    Honestly, I love everything about it. The good, the bad and the ugly.

    I love the feeling of accomplishment after a fire. The comaradarie of my brothers and sisters....the smell of the station after a good worker....the feeling of being forgot about until the next anniversary of 9/11 or the next big fire....the feeling of one person who comes to shake your hand because you were there for someone they knew or were related to....the smell of a brand new fire truck....the stiffness of new turn out gear....the sore muscles after a fire....the way a kid's eyes light up when they see you and the truck....the meetings we have to figure out where we are not spending money this year because the budget got cut again....the "fall down and can't get up" calls at O' dark early......the little old lady that wants you to stay for dinner.....the way a probie looks and acts after their first fire.....the way everyone pitches in to help until it's time to roll hose and everyone disappears.....the way someone chews you a new one because you drove by the house too fast or the siren was too loud....the way every generation thinks the following doesn't know anything.....to listen to the "old timers" talk about back in the day......the smell of burnt food as the nebie tries to impress everyone on his/her cooking ability and ends up burning something........

    but most important is the brotherhood. We take care of our own. It's a family that you are part of forever, regardless.

    What I don't like are death notifications....anything with kids....and dealing with mutts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeatherHed4Life View Post
    the chicks dig it

    It also cracks me up that we sit around the station just waiting for something bad to happen, then we go tearin *** out of the house, sounds blairing with our hair on fire... i can hear the circus music playing
    Haha then we get mad when the house isn't on fire

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    The brotherhood that you can have with anyone in the fire service. Being able to talk to them and not have a clue who they are. I really love the adrenalin rush you get when the tones drop for a fire. Riding backwards packin up going in to house where it's hot and you cant even see your hand on your mask.

    Oh and helping people is pretty cool too.
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    Cool The Job.....

    My favorite part of the Job, the respect from the young and the old........ Plus, it's cool that "Chicks dig us........."

    My advice to the Younger Generation: Remember God gave you two ears and one mouth, use 'em appropriately. Stop thinkin' that you know it all, have seen it all and have to voice your opinion about every lil' thing.......... Cuz you haven't and those of us who have seen quite a bit aren't impressed and we don't care what you think.........
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    The chicks.
    The friendships for LIFE.
    The fire.
    The chicks.
    The BRT.
    The fact that I AM the guy that I looked up to when I was knee high to a grasshopper.
    The chicks.



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    Too many to list: One of the best is due to experience, being able to function in a panic situation while off duty. While others are gawking at a structure or MVC we have the ability to sort it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    Honestly, I love everything about it. The good, the bad and the ugly.

    I love the feeling of accomplishment after a fire. The comaradarie of my brothers and sisters....the smell of the station after a good worker....the feeling of being forgot about until the next anniversary of 9/11 or the next big fire....the feeling of one person who comes to shake your hand because you were there for someone they knew or were related to....the smell of a brand new fire truck....the stiffness of new turn out gear....the sore muscles after a fire....the way a kid's eyes light up when they see you and the truck....the meetings we have to figure out where we are not spending money this year because the budget got cut again....the "fall down and can't get up" calls at O' dark early......the little old lady that wants you to stay for dinner.....the way a probie looks and acts after their first fire.....the way everyone pitches in to help until it's time to roll hose and everyone disappears.....the way someone chews you a new one because you drove by the house too fast or the siren was too loud....the way every generation thinks the following doesn't know anything.....to listen to the "old timers" talk about back in the day......the smell of burnt food as the nebie tries to impress everyone on his/her cooking ability and ends up burning something........

    but most important is the brotherhood. We take care of our own. It's a family that you are part of forever, regardless.

    What I don't like are death notifications....anything with kids....and dealing with mutts.


    As usual, the Early Bird gets the worm........... Jason got up early and pretty well covered anything that I would have said. But, one minor addition:

    I enjoy getting down the road in something that is Big, Loud, and Bright. I've always enjoyed driving BIG Trucks, the bigger the better, and the louder the better. In particular, Straight Sticks, Straight Stacks, and a Jake Brake. I do regret the demise of Straight Sticks in Apparatus, and as I type this, the days are getting short for the last one that I drive on a regular basis, a 1987 Ford LTL 9000 with a Cummins 350 and a Fuller RT10 transmission (Heavy Rescue, it can be seen at www.arundelfire.com - it's currently for sale, new one being delivered in Sept.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    I enjoy getting down the road in something that is Big, Loud, and Bright. I've always enjoyed driving BIG Trucks, the bigger the better, and the louder the better. In particular, Straight Sticks, Straight Stacks, and a Jake Brake. I do regret the demise of Straight Sticks in Apparatus, and as I type this, the days are getting short for the last one that I drive on a regular basis
    Yes, I love that too. Big trucks, big and loud baby!

    I also find it a dying breed to find anyone who can drive a stick. Probies come in and have no clue as to how work a clutch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    Yes, I love that too. Big trucks, big and loud baby!

    I also find it a dying breed to find anyone who can drive a stick. Probies come in and have no clue as to how work a clutch.
    who needs a clutch grind it untill you find it right. J/K but seriously you only need the clutch for starting off the rest of the time if you know what you are doing you can shift with out it. it's quicker and easier.
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    Since I've got more miles in reverse than many of you have going forward, (I drive an 18 wheeler on the side, hauling heavy equipment), I will add that I like to hit a little jake between shifts, no clutch of course. Helps to drop into the next gear a little quicker, especailly when pulling a hill. Right Harve? And for the record, when I first joined the fire service, although I could already drive a standard shift car, I learned to drive fire apparatus on a real man's truck. A 1969 Mack CF. Straight exhaust pipe. Ahh, those were the days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireslayer1237 View Post
    if you know what you are doing
    That is the exact problem. People are growing up not knowing what they are doing. Vehicles are becoming more and more of an automatic transmission and people are becoming less and less schooled in the art of driving a stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    That is the exact problem. People are growing up not knowing what they are doing. Vehicles are becoming more and more of an automatic transmission and people are becoming less and less schooled in the art of driving a stick.

    which is why my daughter and son ( now 2 y.o. and 8 mo. respectivly) when it's time to teach them I will get a standard tranny to teach them! cause if you can drive a stick.....you can drive anything!

    pretty much everything has been said...all I can do is echo the same......

    the 10 days a month working , therefore getting to spend more time with the "half pints" at home is a real selling point!

    advice? ......what does it matter? they won't listen anyways!!!

    but if I had to give it I would say ALWAYS be busy around the station, sweeping floors, garbage detail, pulling weeds ANYTHING!..... even when you think no one's looking .....it shows you want to be there, and even though it doesn't mean anything to you SOMEONE will notice and when asked about you they will say you're a hard worker!

    and that will follow you through out your career....or would you rather be know as the guy who sits in the Barka chair and makes everyone else pull his weight?

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