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  • Far Future..

    I'm not trying to **** anybody off here but I'm just sitting around pondering the thought one of my professors was talking of today. He stated that with the fire retardant materials that are coming out now a days and who knows what else in the future that one day fire fighters will not fight fires much or at all. Now I understand that they are still a lot of old buildings out there and they will remain there but I am just thinking down the line. We came across this subject when he asked what we wanted to do and I said I wanted to be a firefighter. I guess he was maybe trying to make me second guess it(which im not) or if he was just discussing. But anyways does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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    Plastics burn hotter and nastier (toxicity) than the natural materials they have replaced. Some products MAY be more fire retardant, but just think about how many things are now made from plastic where they used to be wood, metal, whatever. Whole lotta burning gonna continue until long after we're retired.

    BTW, in my experience "Professors" are some of the STUPIDEST people alive.
    Opinions expressed are mine alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Philadelphia Fire Department and/or IAFF Local 22.

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    • #3
      Hell, we have google and wikipedia now, why do we need a professor ;-)

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      • #4
        There is no way for the firefighting profession to become extinct. Why? Because we do so much. Even if the number of fires goes down, fire departments do alot more than fight fires. Depending on your jurisdiction, fire departments often provide the following services:
        1. EMS
        2. Rescue (auto extrication, confined space, water rescue, etc.)
        3. Hazardous Material response
        4. Inspections
        5. ARFF
        6. Wildland firefighting

        and a host of other services to the communities we protect. Firefighting has become specialized. You cannot take anyone off the street, like in past years, to do the work of the fire department. You have to possess certifications, participate in training and other qualifications. Everything is run to standards and the fire service is no different.

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        • #5
          I didn't quite think of those types of materials. I was being narrow minded I guess by thinking of only materials such as the fire retardant sheetrock and other building materials. I couldn't agree with you both more about professors! Sometimes I wonder why they even get paid lol.

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          • #6
            Tell me when they make fire resistant tree's.
            Courage, Being Scared to Death and Saddling Up anyways.

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            • #7
              I'm still waiting on a flying car. They were promised for the year 2000....
              I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

              "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

              "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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              • #8
                Those who can't do...teach.
                IAFF

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post
                  I'm still waiting on a flying car. They were promised for the year 2000....

                  I see those all the time. Usually the result of alcohol, youth, speed, and a curve in the road.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FIRE117 View Post
                    There is no way for the firefighting profession to become extinct. Why? Because we do so much. Even if the number of fires goes down, fire departments do alot more than fight fires. Depending on your jurisdiction, fire departments often provide the following services:
                    1. EMS
                    2. Rescue (auto extrication, confined space, water rescue, etc.)
                    3. Hazardous Material response
                    4. Inspections
                    5. ARFF
                    6. Wildland firefighting

                    and a host of other services to the communities we protect. Firefighting has become specialized. You cannot take anyone off the street, like in past years, to do the work of the fire department. You have to possess certifications, participate in training and other qualifications. Everything is run to standards and the fire service is no different.
                    After all that - we can burn books!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by snowball View Post
                      Those who can't do...teach.
                      Well I would Like to nominate this for Post of the Month.

                      Do I hear a second?
                      Courage, Being Scared to Death and Saddling Up anyways.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
                        After all that - we can burn books!
                        Horrible flashbacks of reading Fahrenheit 451.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by FlyLow View Post
                          Horrible flashbacks of reading Fahrenheit 451.
                          I wondered if anyone would get it....

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by snowball View Post
                            Those who can't do...teach.
                            And those that can't teach, administrate!
                            Stay Safe
                            Bull


                            “Guys if you get hurt, we’ll help you. If you get sick we’ll treat you. If you want to bitch and moan, then all I can tell you is to flick the sand out of your slit, suck it up or get the hell out!”
                            - Capt. Marc Cox CFD

                            Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
                            -WINSTON CHURCHILL

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BULL321 View Post
                              And those that can't teach, administrate!
                              Me, I will just sit here and ma.. never mind

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