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    does your home alert device upset your family when it goes off
    if so what do you do about it other then turning it off
    I am a 19 yrs old firefighting man liveing at home while i am in college
    my 17 year ols sister hates my pager because she says it wackes here up but not me
    (my dad was a vollie for 17 years while she was growing up and she never said anything about it then)
    what can i do
    2197 10-8
    stay safe and have fun
    2197 10-8<br />stay safe have fun stay healthy<br />
    nc firefighter/emt-d
    RFB-FTM

  • #2
    Do you have it cranked up in an amplified charger or is she a light sleeper?

    My mother used to complain about that sort of thing when I lived at home (many years ago)..

    I solved it by always closing my door at night and making sure the pager was facing me (and away from the door) and as close to me as possible.
    Susan Lounsbury
    Winston-Salem Rescue Squad
    Griffith Volunteer FD

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    • #3
      We're just using personal pagers right now, so there's not much of an issue. I come awake pretty darn quick when it goes off, but my wife usually sleeps through it.

      The department I was on previously issued radio pagers, and about half the time it woke my wife up enough for her to say "Be careful". She usually forgot I was called out by the time she woke up in the morning.
      Bryan Beall
      Silver City, Oklahoma USA

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      • #4
        Sounds like a brother sister thing.

        If dad had one and no problem then there shouldn't be a problem now!!!!!!

        Tell her to get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


        Stay low - Be cool

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        • #5
          Not an issue in my house hold. My wife is usually turning on the light for me as I jump into my coverall's, and wishes a safe return. Then she will flip my spare pager to monitor. Once she feels the call is minor in nature she'll flip it off and go back to sleep. Big calls she'll wait for a Loss Stop call. And long drawn out operations she and a few other wives will head down to the station and whip up some coffee and food for us.

          God I love that woman.

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          • #6
            It's not really an issue in my house. I've been a volunteer firefighter for over 10 years now and an emt for over 4. Back when I had my old insta alert my dad even went so far as to hook it up to one of my stereo speakers. I thought the darn thing was loud enough as it was! lol The only thing I did with it was, just before leaving on the call, I'd make sure I turned it off in case the tones were set off again. That way they were only woke up once if they did at all. Since I've had my Minitor II and my Minitor III, most of the time it doesn't wake them. A lot of times they don't even know I went on a call till I tell them. God bless and stay safe.
            Randall E. Guntrum FF/EMT
            If lights, sirens, and air horns do not attract the attention of a driver, he or she is too drunk to be assisted by a paint scheme.

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            • #7
              Thankfully this has never been a problem for me. When I lived at home, tones had been going off in my house long before I got a pager or radio. My stepdad was a volunteer before he and my mom got married when I was 5 years old, so by the time I had a "noise maker" also, it just blended it with the rest. When I moved out, and a friend of mine and I shared a place, we were both members of the same dept, so no trouble there. Now my soon to be wife has her own radio also, she's an EMT with our dept, so I'm just lucky about the radio/pager thing I guess

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              • #8
                I would say, crank the volume as loud as you can and put the pager as close to her room as possible.. that'll teach her to complain

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                • #9
                  Tell her when the pager wakes her up to roll over and feel the wall. If it's cold, she should be thankful that her house is not on fire, and she can roll over and go back to sleep. If it's hot, that annoying pager just may have saved her life. In other words, tell her to deal w/ it.

                  Stay Safe

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                  • #10
                    It helps that Myself, My brother and my Mom and Dad are all on the Fire District. I am also paid on-call for the local Ambulance Company. Pagers Phones and sleepless nights are a common thing around here. Some of the other Members say their wives don't like the pagers, but they say screw it and live on.

                    Good Luck with everything!
                    James Bingham
                    Firefighter/EMT
                    Lewis & Clark Fire District
                    Astoria Oregon
                    [email protected]
                    http://cms.firehouse.com/dept/Astoria4OR

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                    • #11
                      Keep the pager near your bed and at a low volume...like a Pavlovian response (something I remember from Psychology 101 ), only the tone for your department will wake you up.
                      ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
                      Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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                      • #12
                        this is what i am talking about what can i do please help2197 10-8
                        This is the evil sister who wakes up when my bro's pager goes off constantly. First of all, do not lecture me about being thankful for my house not being on fire. I have sacraficed my WHOLE life because of my father's job. Christmas, birthdays, etc. I realize that there is a need for pagers, but my brother also neglected to tell you that he refuses to reset the darn thing, regardless of if the call is for his department or not, or if he is going or not. And he also neglected to tell you that the has the thing on as loud as it will go, alllllll of the time.


                        [ 07-26-2001: Message edited by: ff21 ]
                        2197 10-8<br />stay safe have fun stay healthy<br />
                        nc firefighter/emt-d
                        RFB-FTM

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                        • #13
                          Tell her to be thankful that there is only one going off and not your dads either. Or tell her to cowboy up and join and get one of her own. That will stop her bitchen, then she will have something to do when it goes off.

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                          • #14
                            Funny...very rarely do I sleep through the pager going off. I usually wake up with my heart pounding...It's kinda like an instinct for me now. That thing goes off and in one swift motion the covers go off, I stand up, then run over to the charger to turn the volume down to see if its my engine due. EVRY time the thing goes off my wife says "TURN THAT DAMN THING DOWN!" But in the morning she'll never even know I left. I had the neighbor below me (I live in an apt) complain once...I told her to call the Police and complain...she shut up and we never heard about it again.
                            Mike DeVuono
                            FF/EMT

                            "There are few atheists inside a burning building."

                            These are my opinions and not those of my department.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Captain Gonzo:
                              Keep the pager near your bed and at a low volume...like a Pavlovian response (something I remember from Psychology 101 ), only the tone for your department will wake you up.

                              How true this is...
                              I could be in a dead sleep and our tones will wake me up before the pager even trips

                              Mike DeVuono
                              FF/EMT

                              "There are few atheists inside a burning building."

                              These are my opinions and not those of my department.

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