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  • #16
    Originally posted by TMWight View Post
    How can someone whose blind write that long of a post?
    Wow - do a little thinking before you type stuff like this. I'm legally blind and have someone typing for me. There are also programs that speak... we have to find new ways to do a lot!

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    • #17
      Originally posted by ChiefKN View Post

      Perhaps some systems, but not ours. He would simply know how to put the microphone to his mouth and talk. Press "home" and up button once, and you are on the fireground channel.

      I would have loved having someone, anyone, at the command post with me talking on at least ONE of the three radios I had to listen to (sometimes four). It was a true distraction at times and took my eyes and attention off the fire building.

      I think you are underestimating what some of these folks are capable of.
      Well, damn! The irony! I was a San Francisco firefighter who became sight impaired after being trapped in a burning house. I actually thought a lot about all of this before signing retirement papers. On a fire scene, I think I could help, but I could also get in the way. When there are people running all over you can't see them and you become a hazard. Running is dangerous at a fire scene, let alone if you are blind or sight impaired (I even bump into people a lot when I'm in the grocery store). I can also imagine tripping on hoses. I thought I could stay in, but I would have such a minimal contribution.... Yes, sadly, sight is a huge issue in firefighting. I also admire him for wanting to contribute, but I can see that the contributions would be minimal at best. I've thought about this for myself also. Things don't just have to be done, they have to be done QUICKLY. I can actually think of all the things I couldn't do - watching for falling objects or pulling someone out of the way of something dangerous, helping an injured person ASAP, or having others have to wait for me as I feel my way onto a rig.... It broke my heart having to retire out, but I still can't see being able to contribute 100% at any position. STAY SAFE
      Last edited by Mel Stapper; 12-03-2016, 07:12 PM.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Mel Stapper View Post
        Well, damn! The irony! I was a San Francisco firefighter who became sight impaired after being trapped in a burning house. I actually thought a lot about all of this before signing retirement papers. On a fire scene, I think I could help, but I could also get in the way. When there are people running all over you can't see them and you become a hazard. Running is dangerous at a fire scene, let alone if you are blind or sight impaired (I even bump into people a lot when I'm in the grocery store). I can also imagine tripping on hoses. I thought I could stay in, but I would have such a minimal contribution.... Yes, sadly, sight is a huge issue in firefighting. I also admire him for wanting to contribute, but I can see that the contributions would be minimal at best. I've thought about this for myself also. Things don't just have to be done, they have to be done QUICKLY. I can actually think of all the things I couldn't do - watching for falling objects or pulling someone out of the way of something dangerous, helping an injured person ASAP, or having others have to wait for me as I feel my way onto a rig.... It broke my heart having to retire out, but I still can't see being able to contribute 100% at any position. STAY SAFE

        So you became a member in November 2016 and started digging up old posts which have been laid to rest and buried. smh.
        Stay Safe and Well Out There....

        Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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        • #19
          I hear ya. But he is likely more qualified to address the OP than anyone in the history of forums has ever been.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by CaptOldTimer View Post


            So you became a member in November 2016 and started digging up old posts which have been laid to rest and buried. smh.
            Actually, I begged worker's comp for a computer since 1995 and they finally got me one. Since I can't see to read, I've slowly found sites like this with help. Didn't know it was that old.... Maybe some empathy about blindness? It's a living hell.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by captnjak View Post
              I hear ya. But he is likely more qualified to address the OP than anyone in the history of forums has ever been.
              Well, I DO know both sides! lol

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              • #22
                The woman who helps me just looked it up again - yeah, definitely old! But gto me it was brand new - OOPS

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                • #23
                  I say make him a Chief. I have been accused of being blind for many years.

                  No, there are positions he can play that are vital to the department, but not in emergency response.

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