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    i am really new and this may have been asked before and talked about but im an explorer and i wanna know what you guys do at your dept. and how often do you guys meet oh and do you guys get to ride out yet because for me and my crew we have to wait until we have aour class 3 check off.

  • #2
    Welcome to the forums. First of all, let me tell you this politely and I hope that you do not take offense to it, but please use proper English (punctuation, spelling, no run ons) not saying that you are a horrible typer, but just to give you a heads up because you will gain respect if you use proper grammer and don't act like you are 5. (I am sure that you do not, but some here do.)

    Back to your question.

    My name is Jake and I am the Captain of Rossford Fire Explorer Post 790 in Rossford, OH. I am the ranking officer of our post and below me are 2, soon to be 3 lieutenants. The number of Lt's depends on the size of the post. We meet every Wednesday, during the school year from 1900-2100 and during the summer from 1800-2100. Occasionally we go over the normal time alloted for our drills. We have a dedicated training/drill schedule that we follow so that within a year the entire post will have learned everything necessary to pass the Firefighter I class and the first responder class. Some of us that have been around firefighting our entire lives or are more involved go further and go to training on their own time. At this time, we cannot go to calls unless we are called for by the Incident Commander.

    Our new members have a probationary period of 6 months during which they will learn Incident Command, Communications, Fire Behavior, and some of the specific operations of our dept. (e.g.- running order for different types of calls). They will be assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) who is an officer or senior member of the post to teach them the skills necessary to get off of probation. There is a booklet called the FTO Booklet that outlines the necessary skills and knowledge needed to get off of probation. These include learning how to properly don and use PPE and SCBA, how to pack/roll hose, etc. The probationary member also must, by the end of their probation, go through each piece of apparatus 5 times and explain what each tool/appliance/etc. is and what it is used for. Then the probationary member must pass a test on the apparatus. Then the probationary member must pass a test on the Incident Command, Communications, Fire Behavior, and Dept Ops. that they learned to get off probation and become a regular member.

    After 3 months of probation, they will be issued tunrout gear and placed on the call up roster. Once they are off probation they can buy uniform shirts and will get a badge for their Class A/B uniforms.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by RFRDxplorer
      Welcome to the forums. First of all, let me tell you this politely and I hope that you do not take offense to it, but please use proper English (punctuation, spelling, no run ons) not saying that you are a horrible typer, but just to give you a heads up because you will gain respect if you use proper grammer and don't act like you are 5. (I am sure that you do not, but some here do.)

      Back to your question.

      My name is Jake and I am the Captain of Rossford Fire Explorer Post 790 in Rossford, OH. I am the ranking officer of our post and below me are 2, soon to be 3 lieutenants. The number of Lt's depends on the size of the post. We meet every Wednesday, during the school year from 1900-2100 and during the summer from 1800-2100. Occasionally we go over the normal time alloted for our drills. We have a dedicated training/drill schedule that we follow so that within a year the entire post will have learned everything necessary to pass the Firefighter I class and the first responder class. Some of us that have been around firefighting our entire lives or are more involved go further and go to training on their own time. At this time, we cannot go to calls unless we are called for by the Incident Commander.

      Our new members have a probationary period of 6 months during which they will learn Incident Command, Communications, Fire Behavior, and some of the specific operations of our dept. (e.g.- running order for different types of calls). They will be assigned to a Field Training Officer (FTO) who is an officer or senior member of the post to teach them the skills necessary to get off of probation. There is a booklet called the FTO Booklet that outlines the necessary skills and knowledge needed to get off of probation. These include learning how to properly don and use PPE and SCBA, how to pack/roll hose, etc. The probationary member also must, by the end of their probation, go through each piece of apparatus 5 times and explain what each tool/appliance/etc. is and what it is used for. Then the probationary member must pass a test on the apparatus. Then the probationary member must pass a test on the Incident Command, Communications, Fire Behavior, and Dept Ops. that they learned to get off probation and become a regular member.

      After 3 months of probation, they will be issued tunrout gear and placed on the call up roster. Once they are off probation they can buy uniform shirts and will get a badge for their Class A/B uniforms.
      Oh okay thank you so much for the advice. Wow my squad is kind of un professional if you will. One of our main guys have been here for a year and some months and he's not a lut. or officer and he has not been called out yet. Also for the new guys when they come after 2 or 3 meetings they buy there uniform and shirts. We meet once a week and just go over anything (SCBA, Ladders and Hose drills ...etc) I would do anything to be able to be on the call rouster. Do You Mind Explaining The 1800-2100 Hours I Dont Know What Time That Is But Im Willing To Learn.

      Thanks Alot.

      -James

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      • #4
        Oops

        An aside from the question (my apologies),

        Originally posted by RFRDxplorer
        Welcome to the forums. First of all, let me tell you this politely and I hope that you do not take offense to it, but please use proper English (punctuation, spelling, no run ons) not saying that you are a horrible typer, but just to give you a heads up because you will gain respect if you use proper grammer and don't act like you are 5. (I am sure that you do not, but some here do.) .
        Actually, RFFDxploer, since your must discuss grammar, your last sentence is a quite long run-on; the use of your parentheses is improperly placed outside of a sentence. To add to the list, because "5" is less than ten, it should be therefore spelled (five); typer is not a word, rather "horrible at typing" is more suitable. Not too be too picky, but “grammer” is grammar. And finally, the period inside your last parenthetical phrase (again, incorrectly used) should be outside of the last parenthesis.

        -Sorry, it is 0500 and I have been awake since 0300, when I am supposed to wake up for school around 0640. No offense, but should you complain about a person’s grammar, properly critique. Again, no offense, just quite bored.

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        • #5
          This time, relevant to the thread...

          As for my (well, not "mine," per se), we usually meet twice a month. Usually from 1830 to anywhere between 2030-2130 (1830: 6:00PM, 2030: 8:00PM, 2130-9:30PM). The time format is known as 24-hour time. Instead of using AM/PM, it is based upon each hour of the day (hence "24-hour" time). To convert, simply subtract 12 from any time about 12pm. Or as I do it, subtract two and remove the first number (i.e. 16:30: 16-2=14, remove the 1: 4:30 PM).

          We do a variety of things, often, if nothing has been planned, we simply review each part of the apparatus (chassis, cab, tools, pumps, etc). Otherwise, we set up evolutions (a hypothetical scenario), work with hoses, or have lecture based instructions, either from our Chief (who is one of the Battalion Chief's of the district) or a FF/Paramedic.

          For "ride-along," we are permitted to go, assuming the apparatus has enough room for an explorer to SAFELY be seated. Of course, the trucks cannot take the whole group. Or, up to three times a month, we can volunteer our time (whether a weekend, free time, or if an explorer is no longer in school, as I am still in high school) with the B.C. (battalion chief), usually riding in the Dept. Chevy Suburban or another Apparatus. We are not permitted to ride on the ambulances, unless we have a signed contract with the dept, over 18 and either taking an EMT course or have completed one.

          We do have uniforms: two shirts, a collar (a light, mixed grey) and a "training" shirt (dark grey). Also, we are provided a nice fleece pull-over. On each of the three articles of clothing, there is the Dept. Patch (actually, my image on the left), then our last name, and beneath, "Explorer Post 2202." To complete the uniform, we must wear navy blue pants, a black belt, and black shoes/boots.

          -Hope I answered most of your questions!

          EDIT: Ah yes, after our three month probationary period, we are issued full Turn-Out gear (jacket, bunker pants, hood, gloves, boots and a helmet).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mikie333
            An aside from the question (my apologies),



            Actually, RFFDxploer, since your must discuss grammar, your last sentence is a quite long run-on; the use of your parentheses is improperly placed outside of a sentence. To add to the list, because "5" is less than ten, it should be therefore spelled (five); typer is not a word, rather "horrible at typing" is more suitable. Not too be too picky, but “grammer” is grammar. And finally, the period inside your last parenthetical phrase (again, incorrectly used) should be outside of the last parenthesis.

            -Sorry, it is 0500 and I have been awake since 0300, when I am supposed to wake up for school around 0640. No offense, but should you complain about a person’s grammar, properly critique. Again, no offense, just quite bored.


            Allllrighty then.

            I'm not even going to dignify that with a response.

            Have a good day.
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            • #7
              Thank You Mikie333 But Say If Its 3 O'Clock Here How Do I Say That In Military Time?

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              • #8
                If it is 3p.m. it would be:
                3:00 + 12 = 1500

                Just simply add 3 + 12 = 15, then add 2 zeros onto that number.
                12 a.m. = 0000
                1 a.m. = 0100
                2 a.m. = 0200
                3 a.m. = 0300
                4 a.m. = 0400
                5 a.m. = 0500
                6 a.m. = 0600
                7 a.m. = 0700
                8 a.m. = 0800
                9 a.m. = 0900
                10 a.m. = 1000
                11 a.m. = 1100
                12 p.m. = 1200
                1 p.m. = 1300
                2 p.m. = 1400
                3 p.m. = 1500
                4 p.m. = 1600
                5 p.m. = 1700
                6 p.m. = 1800
                7 p.m. = 1900
                8 p.m. = 2000
                9 p.m. = 2100
                10 p.m. = 2200
                11 p.m. = 2300

                So.... 12:15 a.m. would be 0015.
                5:30 p.m. = 1730
                10:45 p.m. = 2245

                Does that make sense?
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                • #9
                  yeah thanks.

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                  • #10
                    all my clocks (watches, phones, computers) run on that format, after a while, it just comes to you and you no longer have to do the math in your head, rather reckonize the number as if it was the back of your hand.

                    but then there is the technicality of 24 hr format vs. Military format. 24 hour, used by the majority of the world is simply 18:30 (for 6:30pm), whereas in Military "time," 1830 (still 6:30pm), the colon is droped (and when it is the first ofthe hour, like 1pm, it would be "thirteen-hundred hours" (1300)
                    Last edited by mikie333; 10-18-2006, 12:12 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Ok Say 1830 (6:30) How Do You Say 1830 Like eighteen thirty? I Know Like 1:00pm would Be o one hundred But Not Sure. Thank You I Appericiate Your Help.







                      -Slick

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SlickPost26
                        Ok Say 1830 (6:30) How Do You Say 1830 Like eighteen thirty? I Know Like 1:00pm would Be o one hundred But Not Sure. Thank You I Appericiate Your Help.







                        -Slick
                        Correct, 1830 would be pronounced: "Eighteen Thirty" hours

                        1:00pm (1300) would be pronounced: "Thirteen Hundred" hours

                        Generally, for me, if it is anything before 12pm, I just say "Eight o' clock" (0800) or "Ten o' clock" (1000). I don't say all the "zero eight hundred hours" stuff for 0800.
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                        • #13
                          Ok I Think I Pretty Much Got This Down.

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                          • #14
                            Not quite. I'll establish some patterns for you to follow here.

                            00:00 = Midnight, spoken "zero hundred hours"
                            00:35 = "zero zero three five"
                            01:00 = "zero one hundred"
                            02:00 = "zero two hundred"
                            03:00 = "zero three hundred"
                            03:10 = "zero three ten" or "zero three one zero"
                            03:30 = "zero three thirty" or "zero three three zero
                            03:47 = "zero three fourty seven" or "zero three four seven"

                            12:00 = Noon, spoken "twelve hundred hours"
                            12:30 = "tweleve thirty hours"
                            12:43 = "twelves fourty three hours"
                            13:00 = 1pm spoken "thirteen hundred hours
                            14:00 = 2pm spoken "fourteen hundred hours
                            21:00 = 9pm spoken "twenty one hundrend hours"
                            21:45 = "twenty one fourty five"

                            And the phrase "oh-dark-thirty" refers to any early morning time before sunrise. Now you know how they got it.

                            See the patterns? It is really easy once you use it enough. It becomes more common to your brain than normal time and you'll find yourself using it in casual conversation.
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                            • #15
                              Alright... and for anyone else interested, this website does a decent job explaining it and it also has a handy little chart (like what I typed out).

                              http://www.g-m-r-s.org/military-time.htm
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