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    PaulC.
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    Before I got picked up on my department, there was a guy in my group of firefighter hopefuls that spent alot of time telling everyone how great and capable he was. He also spent alot of time disparaging others in the group behind their backs and finding ways to undermine their confidence. In a not so short period of time, noone wanted to hang out with him anymore...

    BUT he was an awesome FD test taker. He got picked up first...

    I found out when he called me on Christmas Eve to tell me he'd got picked up by one of our group's top hopeful departments. I was renting a room, working nights, volunteering, and making a ridiculous commute to finish up my Paramedic Internship. I had no money, and I was several hundred miles away from my family who was having a hard time understanding what I was trying to do with my life.

    Oh yeah, and he told me that I'd get picked up sooner or later...if I learned to be more like him. I wanted to puke, and throw things all at the same time...

    Fast forward a few years. Everyone in our group had gotten a badge. We were all happy, career firefighters who had supported one another...except him...The department who hired him, fired him for a lack of integrity about a week before his probationary time was up, and I never heard from him again.

    Moral of the story: Usually, the people who talk the most crap have the least to be proud of. You be you brother. Keep doing good and let the haters work their own lives out. You've got too much to offer to worry about people like that.

    Paul

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  • slackjawedyokel
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    I have never HEARD of paid explorers either, nor have I ever seen a HERD of them.

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  • Explorer Chief E. Kollwitz
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  • Explorer Chief E. Kollwitz
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    Indeed! When has a fire or a victim in need ever said, "Wait! Hold up!! Are you a career, or volunteer firefighter?"

    When has it happened? Anyone? Please answer me if you have.

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  • Explorer Chief E. Kollwitz
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  • Explorer Chief E. Kollwitz
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    That kind of attitiude that was displayed by the exploerer in question needs to be delt with, that is most likely a supension on the Department Chief's decision where I come from.
    Does the person in question even realize that he, as an explorer, is a volunteer? I have never herd of paid explorers....

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  • CGITCH
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  • CGITCH
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    Originally posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
    My spelling is far from the best --- but isnt it spelled paid ?
    Affirmative ghostrider

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  • slackjawedyokel
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  • slackjawedyokel
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    My spelling is far from the best --- but isnt it spelled paid ?

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  • Ashburn_2011
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    Volunteer! You couldn pay me to do what I do with the FD. The amount of pride and respect i encounter is more than money could ever account for.

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  • Ry683
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  • Ry683
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    I Dont Have Problems With Any Type Payed Or Vol. I Just Think The Way He Desplayed Him Self Was Very.Dishonorable To The FDNY And To His Post

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  • pasobuff
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  • pasobuff
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    Former active volunteer, current career in fire service in more of an 'administrative-type' of job.......

    Never heard of FDNY Explorers either.....not sure how many career depts around NYC have explorer posts either.....I've seen them mostly in volunteer areas.....

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  • mikeyboy411
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    All career...

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  • Sgt.Keionte Tate
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  • Sgt.Keionte Tate
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    I am in a department with both paid and vol.

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  • Ry683
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  • Ry683
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    Im Not Sure. He Was Very Disrespectful. And Just down right rude.If you Ask Me Hes giving A Bad Rep To His Post. I Would Love To Talk To His Adviser. One Comment Was "I Fight More Fire than Your P.O.S Vol Fire Dept Could Dream About".Than Another Said"I Have More Balls Than Your Whole Fire Dept". I Mean Im Not Trying To Complain But What Kind Of Brotherhood Is That ?

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  • CaptOldTimer
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  • CaptOldTimer
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    Originally posted by Ry683 View Post
    My Self As well.Just Sick of FDNY Explorers Talking Crap About Vol Firefighters
    FDNY Explorers? Were are they located?


    There are volunteers in the City of New York!

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  • Ry683
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  • Ry683
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    My Self As well.Just Sick of FDNY Explorers Talking Crap About Vol Firefighters

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  • CGITCH
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  • CGITCH
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    Volunteer auxiliary member

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