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    "The hardest fire we as firefighters have to fight is the one that we can prevent from even starting."
    This is how I start my fire prevention presentation at the local school every year. And every year some one still asks, "Why then do ya'll need all themm fancy trucks and all that training the rest of the year if you are preventing the fires in the first place?"

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    You miss 100% of the shots that you don't take.

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    "Kid you can get hurt or killed and they (the city)don't give a [email protected]#&,But don't you dare brake or lose a piece of their equipment.

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    Seriously:
    Bravery and Courage are nothing more then controlled fear.

    Anyone who doesn't have fear needs to be pyschologically evaluated.

    Its better to have and not need, then need and not have.

    Heroes, are ordinary people who at 1 time in their life, did a extraordinary deed. I am a professional, while there is nothing in my career I do that is ordinary. There is and always will be the extraordinary. That is what separates me from the hero.

    Your true education begins when the classroom ends.

    Experience is what you gain when something you don't want to happen does. And death is the worst experience you want.

    The lighter side:

    Its better to do and ask for forgiveness then ask and not get to do.

    If your thinking to yourself, "What the hell am I doing in here?" Its probably already too late to turn around.

    And from an exert from Jim Page's book "The magic of 3am" F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote....
    "In the dark night of the soul, it is always 3 o'clock in the morning." In reference to the fact that many of the best war stories always occur at 3 in the morning.

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    The above are my thoughts and do not reflect that of any dept/agency I work for, deal with, or am a member of.

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    Just some of my quotes and favorite sayings:

    "Get in; Shut Up; Hold On; GET READY!!"

    "Damn the bad luck"

    "Win one for the Gipper"

    "I'll pick-up your line....The one at the door"

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    "If you are able to keep your head while everyone around you is losing theirs, you may have underestimated the situation."

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    We're running into buildings that people are trying to get out of!!!!! (How crazy are we????)

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    The toes you step on today may be connected to the butt you have to kiss tomorrow.


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    To The Public You're Not Just A Firefighter, You're The Fire Department

    When They Say "Somebody Do Something", You're The Somebody They're Talking About.

    Learn All The Jobs, At Some Point You'll Have To Do Them.

    When On Scene, Always Remember, Those Aren't Victims, Patients Or Civilians, They're People.

    Never Enter A Fire With Someone Who Is Braver Than Yourself.

    If You Must Run Away, Do So Quietly, Screaming Looks Bad On The News.

    Bravery Cannot Exist Without Fear.

    Watch Where You're Going And Remember Where You've Been.

    Anyone Can Fight Fires But Only A Few Are Firefighters.

    Make Up Your Mind In Advance To Lead, Follow, Or Stay Out Of The Way, Then Do It!

    Hope That In The End They Mistake Your Screams Of Terror For Shouts Of Defiance

    Gripe, Bitch Or Complain, But No Sniveling.

    It Is All About The Sacrifice And The Weapons You Choose.

    Know Where The Splatter Zone Is Before It Hits The Fan

    If The Crew Isn't Following, It's Because The Leader Isn't Leading

    Fire Fighters Don't Cry Or Give Up At The Scene! We Are The Ones The Public Expects To Be Strong, Held Together, And Ready For Anything. If You Can't Handle Something Walk Away From The Public To Deal With It. We Represent The Entire Dept. Not One Person.

    If You See Something Wrong, Speak Up.

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    "There is such a thing as a stupid question, But they are much easier to deal with than stupid mistakes"

    "50 years of tradition unimpeded by progress"

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    Here's our favorite quote excerpted from our book: "The Heart Behind the Hero":

    "I provide a faceless, nameless service to a community that rarely knows how much they need me.
    If I am called from a sound sleep to sacrifice my life, attempting to save the life or property of someone I do not know ... I will do so without regret."

    Written by Jon McDuffie
    Los Angeles City Firefighter
    Excerpted from, "The Heart Behind the Hero"

    Curt & Karen Yoder
    Authors of "The Heart Behind the Hero" www.firestories.com
    [email protected]

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    "We volunteer because your life depends on it."
    You lite em', we fight em'!!!
    "Firefighter's still make house calls."



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    Robert A. Klinger, Jr.
    (FIREFIGHTER)

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    My very favorite:

    "Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the willingness to proceed in spite of it"

    I can't tell you where I got it, but I think it exemplifies firefighters everywhere, whether vollies or paid.

    Good Luck with your speech!

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    One that is a traditional saying at my department is "Well, it was a good idea, it just wasn't a great idea." (Usually said after somebody's brainstorm backfires!)

    In fact, I just used it yesterday when we broke the reserve Snorkel in training. (too long of a story for now, but anybody who's ever used an old-as-hell reserve rig for a training drill can probably relate!)

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    All that is not given is lost.

    I've never been able to find who originally said it.

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