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  • #16
    It only takes about 5 seconds to say a good prayer en route to a call. Firefighters (and anyone else for that matter) should have all aspects of their life (mental, physical, and spititual) taken care of to be at their best. If you think spending 5 seconds to ask the good lord to watch out for you is a waste of time, that is definately your choice. I consider it esential. And yeah, the need varies depending on who is driving...

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Brazos312 View Post
      It only takes about 5 seconds to say a good prayer en route to a call. Firefighters (and anyone else for that matter) should have all aspects of their life (mental, physical, and spititual) taken care of to be at their best. If you think spending 5 seconds to ask the good lord to watch out for you is a waste of time, that is definately your choice. I consider it esential. And yeah, the need varies depending on who is driving...
      I prefer to spend that five seconds thinking about the call.
      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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      • #18
        Not really, unless "oh, God, here we go again..." is a prayer...
        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

        Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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        • #19
          Wake up...
          IAFF

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          • #20
            I pray Im out of the shower or done taking a dump BEFORE the call!!!!
            My posts reflect my views and opinions, not the organization I work for or my IAFF local. Some of which they may not agree. I.A.C.O.J. member
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            during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
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            • #21
              I pray that the meal doesn't get ruined, including the cookies!

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              • #22
                Originally posted by jonnyirons2 View Post
                I pray that the meal doesn't get ruined, including the cookies!
                Hey, I used to enjoy reading your back and forths with Artie B. and that "pickhead axe" FF from chi-town. lol

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by SPFDRum View Post
                  I pray Im out of the shower or done taking a dump BEFORE the call!!!!
                  I know right? It seems like at one point in my career at Dalton I went through a 4 month period where everytime I'd take a shower a call would go out. Needless to say, I learned how to take boot camp showers well before boot camp, .

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by FHJ718 View Post
                    I'm going to have to steal this one.
                    Been missing ya. Come around more often.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by R100 View Post
                      Hey, I used to enjoy reading your back and forths with Artie B. and that "pickhead axe" FF from chi-town. lol
                      He has been busy blowing dudes again.
                      AJ, MICP, FireMedic
                      Member, IACOJ.
                      FTM-PTB-EGH-DTRT-RFB-KTF
                      This message has been made longer, in part from a grant from the You Are a Freaking Moron Foundation.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Brazos312 View Post
                        It only takes about 5 seconds to say a good prayer en route to a call. Firefighters (and anyone else for that matter) should have all aspects of their life (mental, physical, and spititual) taken care of to be at their best. If you think spending 5 seconds to ask the good lord to watch out for you is a waste of time, that is definately your choice. I consider it esential. And yeah, the need varies depending on who is driving...
                        Look, let me try and say this in a way that I hope comes across respectfully, but firmly at the same time.

                        Not everyone has the same beliefs as you do. Not everyone prays at all, let alone prays while en route to emergency calls. Your comment that firefighters should have all aspects of their life taken care of, mental, physical and spiritual assumes far too much. I am in pretty good physical shape, working out and getting better every day. Mentally I have prepared myself through training and educating myself. Add my experience to that and I am prepared as I can be for the calls we respond to. I want to spend my response time thinking about the call and what I will be doing when I get there.
                        Crazy, but that's how it goes
                        Millions of people living as foes
                        Maybe it's not too late
                        To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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                        • #27
                          Yes, I do pray when going to calls. The first prayer occurs, is when I am cranking the ignition start key to get the pumper started. If you have a cold blooded truck in your station that is hard to start, you know what I am talking about.
                          Last edited by FIRE117; 02-12-2011, 08:19 PM.

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                          • #28
                            Does pulling up to the scene and saying "Oh Christ" when you see that the blue canaries have blocked the hydrant and/or the front of the house count?????
                            "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by ffbam24 View Post
                              Enroute to and/or on scene of a call??
                              Yeah, those are the times you should be doing your job and NOT relying on divine intervention.
                              Are you seriously that doubtful in your training?

                              Save the prayers for saying grace or once it's all done.
                              Just curious what you do on your way to a call? Aside from getting dressed and listening to on scene reports, what part of your job are you doing?

                              For me if it sounds hairy, yeah, I'll say a quick one. It does help me prepare. I'm comfortable enough with my training to take 5 seconds to make myself feel at peace with the world.
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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by DCFDRescue2 View Post
                                It depends on who's driving.
                                Oh God, Oh God, Oh God!

                                Originally posted by FWDbuff View Post
                                Does pulling up to the scene and saying "Oh Christ" when you see that the blue canaries have blocked the hydrant and/or the front of the house count?????
                                Yes. Actually I pray for it. Each time I think I can get away with laying 5 inch on a cop car hood they are just far enough away that it would look intentional. Some day I will get it done.



                                I have said a few short prayers after a call, especially if a child gets injured or dies. In route to the call there is just too much going on, God will look out for them, you focus on your half.
                                ~Drew
                                Firefighter/EMT/Technical Rescue
                                USAR TF Rescue Specialist

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