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    Hey all,
    I have become a live-in member of a fire department almost a year ago. I thought that I was a light sleeper, but damn, I am beginning to sleep through calls. Are there any tricks that anyone has to wake up for the tones?? Thanks for your help!

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    Cattle prod tied into station alerting system. Probably won't happen again


    For you crazy newbies, I was kidding. Do NOT try that at home
    Tom

    Never Forget 9-11-2001

    Stay safe out there!

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    • #3
      We used to have an electronic siren above the bunkroom door tied to the station alarm (we called it the "whooper"). There were some guys who could sleep through that, but I couldn't. I usually was roused by one of our first due box #'s coming in over the radio (which someone always left on). I wasn't the only one because you'd here a few feet hitting the floor before the tones even started (dispatch used to go: Box 12-6 ...).

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      • #4
        When our fire phone rings a bunch of bells go off in the station, and if you don't wake up from that then you have a problem.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by perrypower05 View Post
          I have become a live-in member of a fire department almost a year ago. I thought that I was a light sleeper, but damn, I am beginning to sleep through calls. Are there any tricks that anyone has to wake up for the tones?? Thanks for your help!
          To accurately answer this question, I need to know what you have right now. Are you just using a pager (voice or text) or is there some kind of station alert?

          I'm a pretty deep sleeper. The pager alone will usually wake me up but sometimes I'll be in such as daze, i won't actually comprehend what is happening and just reset it and fall back asleep without even realizing it. In the morning, I will be asking "was there a call last night or something?"

          Now, I have a base radio in my house that I programmed to operate just like the pager. It can be silent or on low volume, but when the tones go off the radio emits a VERY VERY loud alarm which can wake the dead 3 towns away. And if that fails, my phone starts beeping from the text message as well.
          Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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          • #6
            Your station should have an interface device that turns on the house lights and kicks up the volume of the speakers loud enough to awaken even the soundest sleeper.
            Last edited by CaptainGonzo; 01-29-2007, 12:27 PM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
              Your station should have an interface device that turns on the house lights and kicks up the volume of the speakers loud enough to awaken even the soundest sleeper.

              My old volunteer department has that system for the bunk rooms.I went back for a visit a couple weeks ago and a couple guys that spend a couple nights a week at the new station say it's hard to sleep through.
              For myself,I just left the pager turned up as high as it would go and the alert tones would wake me up like an alarm clock.The only times I ever missed a call while at home was usually because I'd turned the thing off because I was hoisting a few adult beverages and didn't want to incur the wrath that comes with responding drunk to a call.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
                Your station should have an interface device that turns on the house lights and kicks up the volume of the speakers loud enough to awaken even the soundest sleeper.
                Yeah our bunkrooms have something a long the lines of that...


                If you're that deep of a sleeper tell whoever you're bunking with to wake your *** up if the alarm dosen't work...

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                • #9
                  Pump up the volume

                  First, have your hearing tested to rule out deafness. Assuming your hearing is fine, try sleeping with the portable radio beside your ear. Failing that, you may want to move your bedding to the hose bed.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by polecat View Post
                    First, have your hearing tested to rule out deafness. Assuming your hearing is fine, try sleeping with the portable radio beside your ear. Failing that, you may want to move your bedding to the hose bed.
                    How about right outside your officer's bunk so he'll wake you up by tripping over you as he gets up himself?
                    Guaranteed to work before this post gets submitted.

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                    • #11
                      People have tripped over me before without waking me up. I wouldn't count on that one.
                      Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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                      • #12
                        On occasion, when extremely tired, etc....I just let someone know to hit me and make sure Im on the rig when we get a run.
                        Proud East Coast Traditionalist.

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                        • #13
                          I remember reading somewhere that manufacturers are getting away from station alert systems that blast you out of bed. Now they are going to gradually increasing volume alert tones. Does anyone out there have a system like this?
                          Tom

                          Never Forget 9-11-2001

                          Stay safe out there!

                          IACOJ Member

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                          • #14
                            I'm fortunate (or unfortunate...take your pick) to have my wife smack me repeatedly to either "get up and go or turn the damn thing off!" if I don't jump right up.

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                            • #15
                              I sleep so deep that I have to sleep with the pager RIGHT NEXT to my ear with the volume all the way up. It's the only way I'll wake up for it.
                              Just know, I chose my own fate. I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.

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                              By the way KEEPBACK200FEET, you're so dramatic!

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