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  • #16
    Originally posted by Lewiston2Capt
    That, in case you didnt notice, is one of the funny responses that HWoods mentioned.

    Unless you were serious Dave.

    Serious, who me?
    Fire Marshal/Safety Officer

    IAAI-NFPA-IAFC/VCOS-Retired IAFF

    "No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government"
    RUSH-Tom Sawyer

    Success is when skill meets opportunity
    Failure is when fantasy meets reality

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    • #17
      Why I do it

      As a volunteer, it is something that I always wanted to do. It's a vocation.

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      • #18
        For me it was family, I grew up around the firehouse, and I am 3rd generation. But why I contine to do it is ........ is it is in my blood. I could not imagine the siren blow and not be a part of it, not be able to answer the call for help. And now my little girl (6 now) is growing up around the firehouse and can't wait till she can join.

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        • #19
          Family and Brotherhood

          After reading many of your posts I can see that in some way it is either in our blood, or it is because someone close to us got us into it... I Got one of my fellow classmates into the fire service.... From being on my department for only 2 years the bond between myself and all the other guys on my department is very strong, and I wouldn't hesitate to consider them part of my family....


          I was wondering about anyone else out there. What do you think forges that bond between you and other firefighters? How do you think it works? What makes you feel close and like a family to the other guys on your Fire Department or other Departments?

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Dink9746
            I was wondering about anyone else out there. What do you think forges that bond between you and other firefighters? How do you think it works? What makes you feel close and like a family to the other guys on your Fire Department or other Departments?
            You know.. I'm going to do my best to give you my answer and attempt to not sound like a corn ball!

            I think a big thing that drives the Brotherhood is the fact that no matter what happens, you always have your fellow brothers/sisters to "lean on." Because of the danger of this job and the things that we get into, it seems that the only people that "truly" understand how to 'support' us, are those who have been in the same situation as us. When the **** hits the fan and no one else is around to help, we can count on our brothers and sisters in the Fire Service. When no one else is around to experience what we experience, we know who to count on. No matter what happens, we always know who we can count on in the end. Day in and day out...

            Also, if you EVER need something... help with yardwork, a ride somewhere, help moving, etc. etc.... all you have to do is make a couple calls. I can't think of too many other professions where co-workers socialize both ON and OFF duty. If a brother or sister needs help, fellow firefighters are always willing to step up to the plate and lend a helping hand. It's amazing that no matter where you go, if you visit a local fire house and tell them you are a firefighter in your city, they're always willing to open their doors and arms and bring you in. It truly is more than a job, it's a life style.. and only fellow firefighters can understand that life style.

            Hope that didn't come across to cheesy!
            Do it because you love it, not because you love being seen doing it.

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            • #21
              FTMPTB15, that wasn't cheesy at all. It is the truth. It is the danger we face that brings us together. We may fight like brothers and sisters often but when that alarm rings we forget we wanted to wring the neck of that person backing you up on that line. That is family. Those that face these sorts of dangers get that same feeling. Cops, EMS, and military, there is a special bond between people who face such dangers. That bond is part of the reason I love this work.
              Vintage Firefighter: The older I get, the braver I was.

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              • #22
                Last Chance

                Last Chance to post your thoughts, comments, and smart *** remarks (if you wnat) before the paper will be due. Thanks to all that have given me any input or shared a story, I greatly appreciate it.

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                • #23
                  Ok, I used this before, but what the heck....

                  I do it to get chicks. They appearantly dig the uniform-

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                  • #24
                    Roy and Johnny
                    Gravity, not just a good idea....
                    Its THE LAW!

                    Sanity is not statistical.

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                    • #25
                      Re: Last Chance

                      Once again Thanks for all who contributed... I will be glad to send emails of the paper... or post it on the forum if anyone would care to read it.

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