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  • Here in
    the US I would have mutual aid coming before I got to this point.


    i did call the nearest neighbours. look:
    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthread.php?t=103234

    but as the site was nearly 50 miles from their firehouse, i did not want to keep their only firetruck longer than really necessary. (and they had been at a grassfire earlier the same day in their own district)

    that is just my point: we are few, we got large districts/counties - so we need to make the work as easy as we can for those few, who volunteer.

    our departamento(state) is about 90% the size of Kentucky.
    about a hundred thousand inhabitants.
    four firedepartments, two of these with one firetruck and one homemade rescue car each, the other two working with tankertrucks from the lokal Coops.
    (a total of fifty-plus volunteers)

    sierts
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    • sierts, we work from the back of a truck all the time for grassfires. They get too big too quickly for us to do anything else. If you want to see one of the vehicles we use for that sort of work, and want to know how we do it, let me know. Use tha Yahoo link.
      "Professional" means your attitude to the job...

      Nullus Anxietas ..... (T Pratchett)

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      • volfirie,

        i don't have Yahoo messenger.
        could you send it to this mail adress?

        bomberos-neuland=at=chaco-paraguay.net

        thanks,
        sierts

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        • Originally posted by sierts View Post

          i don't have Yahoo messenger.
          could you send it to this mail adress?
          All done. Get yahoo, it's free!
          "Professional" means your attitude to the job...

          Nullus Anxietas ..... (T Pratchett)

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          • volfirie,

            thanks, got your mail. (still trying to decode it)

            sierts

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            • Any update?

              By my reckoning, it has been a year or so since you last posted on your husband's situation and your/his dealings with inept management. Was wondering if any major improvements have been made within you district and department regarding policies on riding bumpers for brush fire. Recently joined the site and came upon your issue while leafing through the forums.

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              • Reassurance

                Hi Texas Fire Wife, I'm a new Probationary Volunteer Firefighter lady from Blanco County, Texas. If it makes you feel any better about your husband's shoulder, I compete in whitewater kayaking at the expert level. I'm 50 years old, and back on February 2nd, I had a BAD kayaking injury--tore one rotator cuff totally for the 2nd time (1st repair was 1997, from a fall on the floor at work), and another halfway torn, plus they relocated my biceps tendon in my left shoulder.

                I am left-handed, and now at 3 months plus post-op (surgery was March 4th, 2009, 2 hours, with 2 orthopedics), I am back to paddling hard and fast and playing kayak polo, and making goal shots left-handed (bottom of goal is 6 feet above water, like a soccer goal) on our Austin Team Men's goalies (who are on the US Men's Team), praise God!

                Just wanted to let you know that with some surgery (maybe) and some good PT and stretching and training, shoulders can heal up pretty good.

                Have applied to the ACC Fire Academy in Austin for fall semester (I have a B.S, an M.Ed. and an all-but-dissertation Ph.D. from UT-Austin in Mechanical Engineering) and am on the waiting list.

                Bless y'all,
                Tam

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                • NFPA 1500 is the standard for safety. As with any standard you can not pick and choose which sections you want to follow. For example, if you wear turn outs, bunker gear , hitch or how ever you refer to it. You cant leave out the portion of riding on the outside of a vehicle because you have adopted the entire code. NFPA my not be law but it is a standard held in such high regards that it can and will be used during litigation.

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                  • RE: needbiggerirons' "Any Update"

                    Originally posted by needbiggerirons View Post
                    By my reckoning, it has been a year or so since you last posted on your husband's situation and your/his dealings with inept management. Was wondering if any major improvements have been made within you district and department regarding policies on riding bumpers for brush fire. Recently joined the site and came upon your issue while leafing through the forums.
                    Sorry for the delay in my reply. Things have not really changed much. They did get some new trucks (that they still ride on the outside of but are supposedly designed for wildland fighting). The kicker is that they haven't been trained on how to use the trucks! This has got to be one of the most "unprofessional" professional departments EVER!

                    The good news is that we are very, very close to retirement. I cannot even begin to hint enough at exactly how close we are. Lets just say that things are going to be exposed in the very near future. We were basically scared into silence but that will only last until my husband is no longer working for the department. This will probably end up in criminal court before the end of the year.

                    If I gave you all the details, you would think that I was insane or making all this up. When we document the things that go on, we can't even believe it and we live it! I will keep you updated as I can.

                    ~TXFW19

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                    • RE: TamThompson's post

                      Originally posted by TamThompson View Post
                      Hi Texas Fire Wife, I'm a new Probationary Volunteer Firefighter lady from Blanco County, Texas. If it makes you feel any better about your husband's shoulder, . ..... Just wanted to let you know that with some surgery (maybe) and some good PT and stretching and training, shoulders can heal up pretty good. ....

                      Bless y'all,
                      Tam
                      Tam,
                      Thank you so much, I will pass this on to my husband. & good luck with your FF endevours! I pray God's protection over you!
                      ~TXFW19

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                      • RE: FirefighterHuey's post

                        Originally posted by FirefighterHuey View Post
                        NFPA 1500 is the standard for safety. As with any standard you can not pick and choose which sections you want to follow. For example, if you wear turn outs, bunker gear , hitch or how ever you refer to it. You cant leave out the portion of riding on the outside of a vehicle because you have adopted the entire code. NFPA my not be law but it is a standard held in such high regards that it can and will be used during litigation.
                        I couldn't agree more! Hopefully things will change soon. I think we have basically decided to advocate for the firefighters that my husband is leaving behind (through his retirement). We just couldn't live with ouselves if we got out safe and then a firefighter ends up seriously injured or even dead
                        because we didn't speak up.

                        ~TXFW19

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                        • Ready for the Changes

                          TexasFireWife.... I know what you are going through... My lil brother was one of your husbands E/O's. We have been trying to have a better working relationship between the 2 departments, but it probably will never work until "The Chief" is gone. I have spoke with several members of the "paid" departments and everything is good with the guys, its just she doesn't like our chief. There have been several times where we have offered to help out with calls, but were told we weren't trained to her standards. She would rather call a smaller department 15 miles away to cover their station while they are out on a multi alarm fire, knowing that we were there with an engine ready to help out as much as possible.

                          Keep up the good work and we will be seeing you and Cap around town.

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