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  • #31
    Hey Mike, before I say anything, let me tell you that I am not lecturing, just sharing some slightly experienced advice. Back when I was a junior, I had to run or ride a bike to the station for calls. I learned first hand that running in the station isn't a good idea. I was running in for a call, the engine had allready left, and I was hoping to catch the tower, I ran in through the open engine bay door, right through a puddle the engine had left (leaky tank), and as I went to stop at my gear rack, I slipped and fell right on my behind. Luckily, the only injury I suffered was a very bruised ego, and a slight pain in my butt (literally). It could have been worse, I could have hit my head on the heating vents we have right under our racks, then I would have been no help to anybody, and I'd need people to stay at my station to attend to me, which would have cut down on the amount of members at the call. Suffice it to say that I took a fair amount of ribbing at the firehouse for a while after that. Nobody needs that, and you really don't need an injury. While I understand your enthusiasm, because I was that way before I saw my first good job, you need to stop and take a breath, think before you act. If you had missed that rescue, would it have been that bad? There will be other calls, believe me, that you'll want to go on even more than that one. Also, on the whole pager issue, I know of a company in our area that has minitor III's and they require members to use a case. You might want to check with your FD. If my pager is broken, it's my fault, and I'll have to pay for it. Not something you need to worry about, especially as an explorer/cadet/jr ff. You don't have money to spare like that. I don't even have the money to spare like that. Well, I hope you've taken to my advice, and again, not trying to lecture at all. Stay safe, and enjoy your time as an explorer, you may be at the bottom of the food chain now, but that has it's advantages.

    Stay safe brothers (and sisters)

    Matt
    "At one point we decided to fight fire with fire, basically your house just burned faster."

    Recipient of the IACOJ Service Award 2003.

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    • #32
      Hey I am a fire newbie also so dont worry about that...I still have missed trucks about the gettin gear issue... and with the minitor 3's try not to get them wet cause they dont like that... and I also heard with any Minitor pager to turn it off near a gas leak cause it ruins the guts in them..never knew if this happened or not so...?
      Cliff,
      Junior Firefighter
      Liberty Fire Company
      Chester County PA Fire Staton 63
      *Proud to serve!

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      • #33
        Thanks.

        Thanks for all of your advice. Mike F.
        Cadet Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief 31
        Monessen Volunteer Fire Department #1
        Westmoreland County Station 81-1

        "Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect, this is what excellence is all about. And it comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, looking after the smallest detail, and going the extra mile. Excellence means doing your best every day, in everything."

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        • #34
          Originally posted by cwamole
          Hey I am a fire newbie also so dont worry about that...I still have missed trucks about the gettin gear issue... and with the minitor 3's try not to get them wet cause they dont like that... and I also heard with any Minitor pager to turn it off near a gas leak cause it ruins the guts in them..never knew if this happened or not so...?
          I think the idea behind turning it off at a gas leak is so you don't cause an explosion and level the neigborhood. Chemicals will cause damage whether the device is turned on or not.

          These things cost about $400.00. If you are going to run down the road in a hurricane, falling on your rear, it should be in a case.
          Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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          • #35
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            Cadet Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief 31
            Monessen Volunteer Fire Department #1
            Westmoreland County Station 81-1

            "Going far beyond the call of duty, doing more than others expect, this is what excellence is all about. And it comes from striving, maintaining the highest standards, looking after the smallest detail, and going the extra mile. Excellence means doing your best every day, in everything."

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