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  • TOUGHEST PART OF BEING A FIREMAN?

    What would you consider to be the toughest part of your job?

  • #2
    Witnessing all kinds of tragedies, ranging from fires to cardiac arrests, watching citizians homes burn, knowing someone is inside and it's too late for them, watching a local business that you patrionize burning, witnessing the death of friends in vehicle accidents, deaths of elderly neighbors, we see things that the general public tries to put in the back of their minds, they know it's there, but try to not think of it.....this not only goes for firefighters, but EMS and Police personal also.

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    • #3
      Being on a fire when a kid dies. Or a wreck where a younger kid dies.

      Also when you have several bad runs in a row.

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      • #4
        One word "POLITICS" we are trained for almost every thing we do or at least have a clue we might be subject to see or do many different things but no one tells you about all of the b.s. or a nicer way of putting it is all of the politics that we put up with on a day to day basis.

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        • #5
          Personally: Being away from the family for 24-48 hours at a time during holidays, birthdays, etc.

          Professionally: Dead kids and senseless waste of life.

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          • #6
            Puttin up with family who doesn't understand the need for training nights, meeting nights, crew weeks, monthly meetings, bingo sunday, and fire calls on top of that.

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            • #7
              Oh, and dealing with the uninformed. Ex: "why do you need all these trucks and firemen, its just two rooms of a hotel on fire. You should be able to handle it with an engine and a tanker."
              Go direct traffic.

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              • #8
                Death is always hard. The worst is when it's a brother.

                Of course, it's particularly hard to take calls in the middle of the night when I have to be up for work shortly thereafter.

                SFD's comments about the uninformed, well, I wouldn't say that's the hardest part, just annoying. As a volunteer, my favorite is, "How long do you have to do this before you can be a real firefighter?"

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                • #9
                  Two things come to mind, the first is any time we have a call where a child is seriuosly injured or killed.

                  The other thing is the attitude of the general public, like the dirty looks and hand gestures you get will responinding in heavy traffic, I swear some of then think we are just out with red lights and siren wailing on a pleasure drive just to **** them off and make them late.

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                  • #10
                    Apathetic attitude towards the fire service by the general public, and being loathed by politicians at the local, county, state, and federal level.

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                    • #11
                      With the exception of bingo sunday, all of the above!

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                      Firefighters: Today's heroes protecting everyone's tomorrows!
                      Captain Gonzo

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                      • #12
                        Along the same lines as Lt Stevie...
                        As a volunteer and people ask when I am scheduled to work at the fire station? Then I tell them that I volunteer... The look they get on their faces as they say "Oh your not a professional firefighter?". I just look at them and say "We are all professionals some are just paid to be professional. I do it for free." Then I walk away while they still have this dumbfounded look on their faces.
                        Now before anyone says I am starting the Career vs. Volunteer fight again. I am meerly stating that we are all professional (or should be). Paid or otherwise we do the same job.

                        As far as the absolute toughest it is a toss up. I think the poem " I wish you could..." sums it up pretty good.

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                        Shawn M. Cecula
                        Captain
                        Lewiston Fire Co. No. 2

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                        • #13
                          Overhauling in 90 degree weather w/80+ percent humidity in full gear and packs.

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                          • #14
                            For me the toughest things are attending firefighter wakes and funeral services, and then going out on the next alarm without our buddy at our side.

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                            • #15
                              Divorce $$$$$$$$$$$ "She got the GOLD MINE, I got the SHAFT"

                              Seriously, Pediactric calls Fire or EMS

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