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  • SFD20
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    after 20 years so far in the fire service
    i have learned, keep time for yourself first, and you will keep balanced with the demands of our job's in the fire service

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  • SHCoTrk531
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    I would say a way of life for me. I'm a 3rd generation volunteer. My father is a retired professional chief. I have been around this all my life. Some of my first memories as a kid was my mother waking my brother and I up in the middle of the night (on a school night) to go and watch my father and the rest of my friends fathers on a working job. Running to the corner in full rubber snow boots, rain jacket and plastic fire helmet just to see my father smile from the officers seat when they passed by the house. I didn't join until I was 29 for reasons I will not get into but I kick myself for waiting. I hope and pray that I can make this a career one day. I'm not the only one, most of my childhood friends are now the people who are on that engine smiling down at the kids on the corner.

    Be safe and protect each other. If we don't, Who will?

    BB

    [ 08-02-2001: Message edited by: SHCoTrk531 ]

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  • huff317
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    I have only been in this vollie career for about six years, but I can say this with authority: I love it, and if there is some way that I can figure out how to make it a paid/career thing that'll support my family size then I'm on it! It grows into, or I guess takes over is the right phrase, part of me every run. It's almost like I am supposed to be doing this for life, and this is maybe God's way of "steeping" me into little by little for some reason. At any rate, to avoid and deep subjects, let me close by saying that I wholeheartedly agree with those that advise an "outside" life. I am fulltime USAF SF, vollie FF, but one of my great loves aside from my precious wife is CARS....and just about anything ELSe that will race!

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  • Smoke286
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    I know a couple of guys who retired from the job(aged out really) and every day on their old shift they drop into their old station. its kind of sad really. No one minds retirerees dropping in, but when I pull the pin I hope I have more going on in my life then going to the firehouse every day.

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  • fire69dawg
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    I feel that Firefighting is a way of life. I am married with two kids. Right now I am just a volunteer, but I want to make the fire service my career. I feel that helping others is one of the best feelings, and to do it for a living would be so rewarding. I just feel better about myself knowing that I have helped others when I can.

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  • osiris500
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    To me the fire service is a way of life. I'm out to provide a service that is forever changing. So I spend almost all of my time learning new things and trying to further my career, for I have high hopes and aspirations for my job. I'm also young and single, so I guess all that family stuff will come later, but for now the only thing I think about is the fire service and how I will impact it in my area with my dreams. Don't get me wrong I do still have a life outside of my job. It's just that my desire to succeed at my job diminish the amount of time I have for other things.

    UGOWEGO ! WORDS TO LIVE BY!

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  • burnin down the house
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    My former captain had no life what so ever. He breathed every day for the fire service. This man once even worked 35 days straight at the fire dept. His wife would bring him new clothes food ect for that time period. While that was going on his wife was raising 4 kids by herself and he never had any interest in outside activites. Even sticken with bone cancer did not slow him down, he had his leg restructred he came back to work. My captian suffered a stroke on duty last June. He was not allowed to come back to work with the condition of his health. He started to complain after he retired that he didnt have anything to do. Finally after a year of being off of the job, he has started to find some activites outside of the fire dept.

    Everyone has to have some sort of activity or a hobby to keep them sane. Lord knows my former captains hobby was his life. The fire dept

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  • vaFF/PM
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    I have always wanted to be a firefighter. Now I am a paid firefighter/paramedic, and I was a volunteer before that. I have a family at home that supports me in whatever I want to progress in. I try to not let it run my life, but I have to admit that I lOVE THIS JOB!! Now, my opinion may change 15 years down the line, but for now, the fire service is a lifestyle that my family and I are a part of. If that ever has to change then I am willing to try. However, I have no problem getting up for work in the morning!

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  • canman
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    It's my life, I can't get enough of that fire stuff. I can recall ruining alot of relationships and [email protected]#$ off alot of friends because of my pager going off. I too like watching anything about fires or firefighters.

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  • ffguy083
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    I think the original post made the two catagories too simple. Some may see guys who walk away for 48 hrs as being less than dedicated, or less in love wth their job. I say they are wrong. I think the ones who DO walk away for a rest are better Firefighters. They are able to get some perspective about what we do, and why we do it. Many (certainly not all) of those who have made it all they do have lost some of that perspective. I have seen many others like that, and like one of the posters said after 3 wives... wow... that is depressing to me.

    For me there is so much more than this. Although it is a very important part of my life, and makes me what I am, but when I leave the Firehouse after a shift, I try to let it go as best I can. That said, I also go to Schools (even after 16 yrs), and still give Fire Prev talks on my own time for my kids classes, and for friends.

    So... I think there is a third catagory in between the original two that fits more of us...

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  • Gill
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    I love my job, and I love my department. But it is not my life. Jesus Christ is my life! What is more important than one's destination after death? That's why Christ is my life. And it is because of His blessings that I am able to do the job I love and work at the department I do. Besides, if I made the fire service my life, where would that leave me when I retire or am no longer able to do the job?

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  • Neal_HP105
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    Agreed on all counts. I vollied in a small town before I got a chance to go professional. I loved every minute of it then as now. I could do without the politics that sometimes get thrown into the works, but I have realized that is just part of the game. I have children that love to hear my stories and always want to drive by and see the aftermath of where we worked. I can't see myself ever doing anything else.

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  • fireff413
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    I guess you could say the fire service is my life. Many of my closest friends are the guys I work with day in and out. I seem to spend the hours away from work on work...In training classes (both attending and teaching) working on site pre-plans, and the semmingly neverending paperwork that accompanies the job.
    I am extremely fortunate, that my fiance is supportive of what I do and she understands my dedication (well for now at least!!)

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  • Stretch
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    It's my job, I truly love it, and think it's the best job in the world, however when I go home, then I am Dad and a Husband (or try to be), I see these guys ,especially married with kids, pouring all their off time into it and can only think, they need to give it a rest. NO JOB IS WORTH SACRIFICING A SPOUSE AND CHILDREN!!!! Think about it. I'm not saying don't be dedicated, I'm saying don't be obsessed. Stay safe all!!

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  • dgrant
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    I'm a paid firefighter, its my job, one that I enjoy and take a lot of pride in. However, I personally try to leave it behind when I leave the station (or office now that I'm assigned to admin.) I think its important to develop some other interests, for some this will revolve around their family life, but even then I think its important to have a hobby or some other interest that will enable you to "get away" from the job and relax.

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