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    How can you pass the time on a slow day?

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    you talkin bout at the fire hall???


    if so train in all of your free time.....

    learn to tie roaps and knots blindfolded, learn the trucks down to every last nut and bolt, learn every thing you can possibly learn in you free time at the hall, the guys there will always be happy to answer you questions and dont be afraid to ask them.

    just some of the things i doo in the spare time at the hall
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2028 View Post
    you talkin bout at the fire hall???


    if so train in all of your free time.....

    learn to tie roaps and knots blindfolded, learn the trucks down to every last nut and bolt, learn every thing you can possibly learn in you free time at the hall, the guys there will always be happy to answer you questions and dont be afraid to ask them.

    just some of the things i doo in the spare time at the hall
    I'm going to second this... I'm not going to repeat it. Very well said.
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    Another thing could be clean.

    Training is a great idea, but if you're alone (maybe in a volly co. like myself) and go to the firehouse, are the only one there, you might not be able to train. Sure you can tie knots, but after a while you need to switch it up. Try some house work. Then go back to training in a little after you took a short break.

    Sometimes I just go to the firehouse to get away from everyone. I go there and sweep out the bays, clean the call board, clean the truck windows, make sure the tools are all in place and operational, etc. Little things like that are good too. The firehouse is just like your home. You have to take pride in it. Anything I can do to make my firehouse look better, I'll try to do.

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    Thanks I just don't want to sit around and do nothing for a whole day.

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    Default Passing the time...

    Let's see..
    • Train / Study
      Clean
      Community relations
      Facility pre-fire plans / Walk through inspections / Familiraze self with area (maps)
      Hydrant Training / testing
      Hose loads / rotate
      SCBA inspections / clean units
      Driver training /pump training
      Equipment inventory / know where everything is!

    I think you get the picture. You should NEVER be bored in a firehouse (Career or volunteer), nor should you have so much free time you have to ask what needs to be done. Busy work in a firehouse keeps you alert and makes you look dedicated; especially when the Chief walks through.

    I enjoy going to my old volunteer department and just relaxing too, but I also like to check out the euipment to see what's new, what's in service, etc. Poke around, you will always find something you didn't see before.

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    watch TV, eat, sit on the recliners, mess around, now on a serious note you should never be doing these things you should always be training on some thing like doning your gear doning a scba or you could always pick up an ifsta book and read that help cook and clean just always stay busy
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    I can't believe I am the first one to say do something PHYSICAL. Some type of exercise is always good. If you don't have equipment at the station do push ups/ sit ups, stretch, etc. Every little bit will count.

    Also, I find quick dressing passes the time nicely.
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    Thanks for all of these helpful tips everyone, i apreciated.

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    Cool

    I usually put on my bunker pants, sit down and let our station dog get busy on my leg. Good for a few laughs anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTRider245 View Post
    I can't believe I am the first one to say do something PHYSICAL. Some type of exercise is always good. If you don't have equipment at the station do push ups/ sit ups, stretch, etc. Every little bit will count.

    Also, I find quick dressing passes the time nicely.
    I was thinking the same thing.

    ALso like was said earlier, learn the trucks, wash the trucks, wash/sweep the bays, make sure the trucks are stocked, etc. Roll/pack hose if needed, etc, etc, etc.

    Hell, I've even been known to go hang out at the police station (next door) on a slow day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer View Post
    Hell, I've even been known to go hang out at the police station (next door) on a slow day.
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    Look at porn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cems1983 View Post
    Look at porn!
    GO AWAY!!!

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    So these guys are telling you what should happen, other than porn, and you should be doing this. The others however will probably be watching tv, sleeping, or washing their personal vehicle.

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    if you can talk with firefighters,could be great to listen to some calls they had and their experiences on fireground.
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    Smile "sittin' on the dock o' the bay"

    watchin' the tide, rollin away. . .

    pick any of the answers above except one (bet you can guess which) If you are with career folks just make sure ahead of time what you may and may not touch without their presence, and that might not even be a bad idea in a volunteer house. Reason being, we had a VERY enthusiastic youngster who was a wonderful cleaner, maintainer of tools and equipment, BUT liked to move same to where "he" thought it would work better on the piece. Not nice to move fireman's tools. Open "can" compartment and find tarps (?), NOT good. At least the tarps were spotless . . .

    Be energetic, but follow the rules. Asking before beats hollered at later.

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    If all your other work that you have to do is done and you cant train I like to pull a truck out and go through every cabinit and check and refill all the air bottles pull all the fans, saws, jaws, generators, and anything else you can think of and test them and make sure that they all have full tanks. I have also have started to strip down all the rusted tools and repaint them. This not only keeps you buisy but also makes a good impression and it also helps you learn where everything is

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    SCBA inspections / clean units


    What the frack?

    Watch out where you do that.

    Down my way ANYONE not BA certified through the official course that touches a damn BA set will more than likely have a gaping hole in their butt from the chewing recieved.
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