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  • MalahatTwo7
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    Well firstly I never saw myself as a firefighter much less someone who could or would respond first hand to any emergency other than something that I had inadvertently created on my own.

    I got into this "Job" when I moved to Malahat, BC during the summer of 2000. Earlier in the year I had met a member of the dept, and of course heard all about the "rousing tails" of excitment. Then my (now ex) wife and I started looking for a house to buy, and Charlie just happened to have received orders to head to England for two years on the Canadian submarine program. It was he whom I had met earlier. And of course we bought his house, which just happened to be located four doors down from the fire hall.

    Each time that we went to visit the house, and check out the area, it seemed that the Chief was always "visiting" Charlie..... funny thing that eh? LOL Anyhow, after we got moved in and settled, I went down to see how things work. That was August 2000, and other than the forced 6 months that I had to sit back and wait after moving here to DC, to find a new "Home".......... I've never looked back.

    As some folks in here know, my old station took a hell of a beating and very nearly came to the point of closing its doors due to some very unfortunate events, but Malahat is still going strong as a volunteer fire department, and I am progressing well at this end.

    ON a note regarding Chief Woods.... the day he SLOWS down will be the day that the world stops TURNING! I am sure he was "there" when the Big Guy Upstairs said: "Let there be a Fireman." (only because he was here before the PC stuff came in) As long as there is a Woods in the fire service, all will be well. And so it has been, and always will be. LOL

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  • hwoods
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    Well............

    First, Tyler - I wish you well with this project, I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that you get an "A". Also, some of will give you some funny answers, some will be a bit...... well.... off the wall, some might even be serious, just try to sort them out.

    For me, Family is a part of what I do, and why I do it. Family - My Grandfather (Father's side) was a charter member of the Glenn Dale VFD ( www.gdvfd18.com ) back in 1928, as well as my oldest uncle. My Father and his other (3) brothers all joined as soon as they were old enough, as did most of my cousins and my brother and I. Today with our kids and Grandkids, and all the inlaws, there are about 16 of us, in three states, that Volunteer, and a couple that are Career Firefighters also. My two oldest Grandsons, Danny and David, Volunteer at Glenn Dale with me, they are the first of the fifth generation at the same VFD That my Grandfather helped start 78 years ago.

    Without Family ties, I'd have been a Firefighter anyway, I'm sure. There is just something about this business that makes it stand out. I still am a very active member (currently Deputy Chief) and still run a lot of calls, about 650 last year. I'll slow down a bit as I get older (Maybe) in about...... Oh, another 30 years or so.

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  • pkfd7505
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    Hummm, no matter how many times I'm asked that question I never can seem to give a good answer. I honestly can't remember a time in my life that I did not want to be a Fire Fighter, so I can't really tell you what made me decide to it. Maybe I was just born that way, maybe it was watching my older brothers fight fires when I was still in diapers, maybe I was dropped as a child. Fire Fighting has been a major part of my entire life, and to me it is just a natural thing to do. To some people Fire Fighting is a profession, to me it's a life.

    Here is a quote that puts it in better words then I can.

    “I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his is a noble calling. There is an adage which says that, "Nothing can be destroyed except by fire." We strive to preserve from destruction the wealth of the world which is the product of the industry of men, necessary for the comfort of both the rich and the poor. We are defenders from fires of the art which has beautified the world, the product of the genius of men and the means of refinement of mankind. (But, above all; our proudest endeavor is to save lives of men-the work of God Himself. Under the impulse of such thoughts, the nobility of the occupation thrills us and stimulates us to deeds of daring, even at the supreme sacrifice. Such considerations may not strike the average mind, but they are sufficient to fill to the limit our ambition in life and to make us serve the general purpose of human society.”

    -- Chief Edward F. Croker FDNY circa 1910

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  • emsff32515
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    Vollie perspective

    Well, I can agree....we all could say the cliche answers...to help people, yadda yadda yadda.... and yes it is about helping people, but also the bond/friendships you make with those you are working with...and of course, it can be quite an adrenaline rush! And, its just FUN...

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  • LtTim556
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    I fight fires because the little voices in my head tell me to.

    We all can say things like, helping our fellow citizens out, or it's the noble thing to do, family tradition, and the hundreds of other reasons. But for me it was tradition that first got me involved, my Dad was a volunteer and so was an Uncle. Then when I was in the 8th grade I read the book, "Report from Engine Co. 82" written by the founder of Firehouse magazine, Dennis Smith, and I knew then that was the job for me. Check it out I garentee you will not be able to put it down. While in High School a buddy of mine and I would follow the trucks and watch. We always made sure we did not get in the way. Then one day after graduation we decided to join the local volunteer department. He stayed on for something like 10 years or so but moved out of town and got into law enforcement. He is no longer in this world, rest his soul. Me, I am still with that department going on 26 years now. That vollie experiance got me into a carreer department where I now have 21 years. I do love the comaraderie, nothing like it around. My fellow firefighters that I have sweat with, hurt with, cried with, bled with and would die for are some of the most important people in my life. But most of all, forget about the romance, forget about the hero stuff, although it helps with the ladies at times, I love being first in on the line with flames pushing out the door, the hard work till your body can't take anymore, fighting the beast and winning more often than not and being the last one out. You hate seeing people loose everything when their house burns or get hurt in all sorts of manner. A little bit of you dies when someone dies, when you are called on to help, especially kids, even if there was no chance for them before you got the call, but you can't help but love the battle. During one long cold winter fire, we were there about 12 hours or so, a Chief asked how I was doing I replied, "I am freezing, I am hungry, my back is killing me, and I am tired, but God help me I do love it so."

    Would love to see what you end up writing so maybe when you get it done you can post it. Good luck with the assignment.
    Last edited by LtTim556; 10-18-2006, 01:56 AM.

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  • FlyingKiwi
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    The station was over the back fence.

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  • Tann3100
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    Originally posted by mcfd45
    What would you rather I do, sit in some flippin office when people need help?
    J
    Exactly.

    Hrmm alot of reasons to help people the brotherhood. Its like one big family. I mean honestly its the best job in the world. Sure we bitch about stuff but I think we all enjoy going to work and how many people do you know that can actually say they love going to work?
    Last edited by Tann3100; 10-18-2006, 12:06 AM.

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  • mcfd45
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    What would you rather I do, sit in some flippin office when people need help?
    J

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  • Dink9746
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    Originally posted by Dink9746
    Hello,
    My name is Tyler Dinkelaker and I am a senior at Wyoming High School, and a cadet on the Wyoming Fire Department in Ohio. One of the requirements
    (finishing the message)... is that we write an I-Search (research paper) on a question that we feel is a big part of our lives, or important to us. The question I came up with since it is not only important to me but also my family, for my two older brothers are firefighters, is why do people want to become firefighters (paid/ voulenteer)? SO if you don't mind me possibly quoting you in my paper, and have the time to share you personal story I would greatly appreciate it.

    -Tyler Dinkelaker

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  • Dink9746
    started a topic Why do you do it

    Why do you do it

    Hello,
    My name is Tyler Dinkelaker and I am a senior at Wyoming High School, and a cadet on the Wyoming Fire Department in Ohio. One of the requirements

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