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  • How long did you have to wait for your first fire?

    I'm going on a year now. I'd never hope for one because that would mean somebody is going to lose something. I am getting anxious though.

    Have some of you had to wait a long time before you finally got one?

    I have a feeling it will be a clusterF**k when it does happen though. My department gets so few fires and our equipment is so jacked, specifically communications, that even a medium sized fire could spell disaster. Half the time our portables don't even work under non-fireground situations. Suppose I have to just trust the hell outta my captain and my training.

    The wait does suck though!

  • #2
    it was 3 months after i became a member we got a structure fire

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    • #3
      It was 6 months before I saw a real structure fire, (March 2001) and haven't seen once since then. Been to 6 or 8 car fires though.
      If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

      "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

      "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

      Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

      impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

      IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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      • #4
        first fire..

        second shift...scared the crap outta me and I loved every minute of it.

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        • #5
          It was two days for me. Most of the people on the department did not even know that I had joined. I did not even have turn out gear yet. I helped out by finding equipment and helping with air bottles.

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          • #6
            I was about 2 weeks on the job, and we had the biggest fire our town had seen in years. I was 1/2 through FF1, and I'd never touched a nozzle before the fire. A mutual aid officer told me to take the hose in the attic & deal with the fire. Uh, never touched a nozzle here!! I backed up my partner that day.


            ~Kevin
            FF/Paramedic
            ~Kevin
            Firefighter/Paramedic
            --^v--^v--^v--^v--
            Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong
            Dennis Miller

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            • #7
              1st job

              My first line job was a call back fire 6 weeks after I started. My first line job where I was on the knob was 11 months after I started and was 3 houses on fire and it has not stopped. My shift this year is averaging 1 line job a month since January
              IACOJ Membership 2002
              {15}

              Mike IAFF

              The beatings will continue until the morale improves

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              • #8
                Mine came on my first day on shift with my career department. Went in with the irons came out with the nozzle. Go figure.
                After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one

                Official Minister of Philosophy of the IACOJ

                IACOJ Probie Crusty of the year 2003

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                • #9
                  I hate to ask, but did the crew who HAD the nozzle come out?


                  KGH
                  ~Kevin
                  Firefighter/Paramedic
                  --^v--^v--^v--^v--
                  Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong
                  Dennis Miller

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                  • #10
                    The first House Fire i ran on was a 2 Alarm Job a couple towns over at 2:30 in da morn. My heart was racin when i heard "Dwelling 2nd Alarm" come over the pager. We were out for about 3 hours. There were probably a couple before that one, but i cant remember. They may have been small.

                    And kghemtp, the nozzle crew may have ran low on air and left him wit da nozzle.
                    Firefighter, Volunteering since Oct 2001

                    CCFA 05-04, best overall class for 2005
                    "GOOD GAME!"

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                    • #11
                      First three calls I made:
                      Structure Fire
                      mutual aid for a pin job
                      Structure Fire

                      Talk about getting spoiled!

                      Since then, I can remember by far the longest dry spell being 16 months where the closest to a "structure fire" was an abandoned house trailer that was on the ground on arrival at zero-dark-thirty...that dry spell of course was broken by a 50x600' building 30% involved on arrival
                      IACOJ Canine Officer
                      20/50

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                      • #12
                        50x600????

                        A car wash for trains?

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                        • #13
                          1st call, would you believe......

                          Oct. 1972, about 10 minutes after getting sworn in...Beep, beep, beep R....... Fire Dept. for a barn fire, and then, two more calls that night, 3 new Ff's sworn in that night and 3 calls, never did finish that meeting, it was adjourned by the Pres. after the 2nd call, no one left to have a meeting. Got to ride the rear step of the 1st tanker out, (back when you could and did ride the rear step!)


                          be safe out there, protect yourself, your buddy, your dept., our brother (and sister)fire fighters, then the rest of the world.
                          (should now be CharlieRFD,past,Pres.), but I've had this screen name for so long, I'm keeping it..., besides I'm Deputy Chief now.
                          BE SAFE OUT THERE
                          NEVER FORGET
                          GOD BLESS THE 343 AND 60, MAY GOD GRANT HIS PEACE TO THEIR LOVED ONES.
                          IACOJ
                          F.O.O.P.

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                          • #14
                            Only 8 days after getting on the department. Have been loving it ever since.

                            Stay Safe!
                            Patrick

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                            • #15
                              Fire #1

                              My first fire call was about three months after I turned 18 (the legal age). Turned out about 0300 for a structure - arrived to find two parallel mobile homes about 6 to 8 ft apart, front trailer fully envolved. I backed up the nozzleman between the trailers. We saved the second trailer, minus some paint. Because I live in a small town and my dad was a firefighter, that was my first "legal" experience as a firefighter.

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