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    Default Visiting other departments

    Now that I am officially in the fire service, I want to learn as much as I can. I would like to visit the local stations around the area where I have been going to in Rhode Island every year, maybe get a souvenir T-Shirt. What is the best way to go about doing this? Should I just walk up, Call/ email the chief or something else.

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    If you can, call or email ahead days in advance to find out their policies, Chief, station Captain or receptionist, whatever seems appropriate to you. It is a good idea to let them know you don't want to interrupt training times or show up when they are out on scheduled activities, demonstrate your desire to be low-key and unobtrusive. This is also good to make sure you don't show up while they are already taking care of another scheduled visitor. Setting up a time in advance and finding out what you should wear if doing a ride along, what you should bring... like a job interview there is no reason to be unprepared.

    If you get an unplanned opportunity there is usually nothing horribly wrong about just dropping in, but don't be upset if they seem less receptive or turn you away because of anything else going on.

    Either way, bring apple pie and ice cream for dessert to get on their good side early on. You're a probie/guest even if you are a Chief somewhere else, so don't be bashful about offering to help with chores. Some places can't allow you to help (liability) but others will welcome the help.

    A few guys are real big into shirts and patches, but probably most others see it as a whackerish activity. Bring along stuff, but leave it in the car. Let them know you brought stuff in case anyone is interested, but keep it low key and make it clear that you're there to learn and observe, not trade stuff.

    Ride alongs and visits with the brothers at other houses when I travel on business out of town is one of my favorite things to do. Have fun and be safe.
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    Exactly what he said.

    Good post Hoser.
    Jason Knecht
    Assistant Chief
    Altoona Fire Dept.
    Altoona, WI

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    thanks for the tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    Exactly what he said.

    Good post Hoser.
    I agree! Awesome

    It's fun having people come in and visit our station.
    We work an area thats heavily populated with tourist,
    and its fun seeing the variet of people.
    Station 4-5-2
    Paradise Pennsylvania.

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    We dont get too many tourists in my local. Every now and then you see one, but they are just asking for directions on how to get the hell out!
    Just another one of the 99%ers looking up.

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