fightin fires, possibly kickin tires as well (new pics 7-7)

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  1. vanilla_gorilla

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    just joined up with the towns volunteer fire department here in Somerville, NJ
    any other smoke eaters out there?
     
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    You are either a totally brave individual willing to jeopardize your own safety to help others in need... or, you're just young and crazy! Either way, I salute you and your spirit of volunteerism. Best of luck to you and stay safe! Gary
     
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    Close, I was an EMT for a few years in northeastern Mass with a private company. I'm guessing this is your first job as an emergency worker so I'll drop some advice. It's a job (kind of as a volunteer), and the goal is to come home every day about the same as you left. You're the most important person on scene. Followed by your squad. Followed by other responders. Followed by whoever needs help. If you try to be a hero, you won't last. When you have a hard day, hug your family. And the pace isn't what you see on TV.

    There's lots of downtime, which is forced bonding of sorts. You end up knowing the people you work with better than some of your family. I've been to weddings where the only other time I saw the person was at work. A bit weird introducing myself as the groom's partner!
     
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    thanks for the advice guys, dont worry ill keep my head down and keep my wits about me
     
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    I worked last summer as a DNR Wildland Firefighter out of Shelton, WA. Plan on doing it again next summer. Through that job I worked with a lot of local volunteer firefighters as we all work together on wildland fires, just after the fun initial attack part they leave and stick us with mop up and paperwork! I did learn that all types of firefighting seem to be 90% downtime, and maybe 10% of the time it's really hard, but rewarding, work.
     
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    just went to my first drill. we got a brand new engine with a state of the art foam system that uses compressed air. i got to soak a building and paint it white with bubbles, but that thing has a nasty kick on it like a giant powerwasher
     
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    picture time
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    the foam freezes just like snow its weird
     
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    heres some pics from our Memorial Day Parade

    our newly restored '55 Mack engine 5
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    i got to blast the siren and the airhorn and whip candy at people, good times
     
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    Good on you for volunteering. Nice pics of the training and engines.
     
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    Thanks cman. i only have a week left in fire academy. I started in january, it really went by fast.
    I havent been involved very long and it was really cool to be in the parade and hear literally hundreds of "Thank yous" and cheers from the crowd.
    Its a good feeling to do something positive for the community, and I am proud to serve.
     
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    Your appreciated, thank you
     
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    thanks!
     
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    I passed the NJ State firefighter exam wiht an 84%
    on paper i am now official, the ceremony is later on in the month
    we also had our 175th anniversary parade the other weekend which had over 100 pieces of apparatus from 35 departments,
    ill have lots of cool pics to post
     
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    my dad told me they used to train without the masks and SCBA's i dunno how, you absolutley cannot breathe in that heat.
    we did a flashover simulator, we sat in a room that they let burn and it got up to well over 1700 degrees F, it was intense
     
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    haha man thats a crazy story. glad you made it out ok
     
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    thanks man
     
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    congrats again jon !
     
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    Alot has changed over the years for firefighting, first aid, and hazmat crews.

    I was a paid volunteer in Maine for 3 years, and volunteer and wildland/forest firefighter in Colorado for several more.

    My uncle has some great stories of fighting fires without SCBA. All they used back then was helmet, coat, gloves and tall boots. He's gone through roofs, been blown out of doors, and essentially seen alot of the unsafer side of firefighting. But like I said, alot has changed.

    I've been on some interesting calls myself. 9 alarm mutual aid fires that we'd end up running 6 or 7 30 minute bottles on. Aircraft fires, grass fires, fuel spills, propane leaks, and a ton of car accidents, you name it. It only takes a few years to see alot of crazy stuff.
    I trained on MSA's, 2A's and 2.2s,...with 30 min steel tanks, but i'm sure you guys are all getting nice new fiber 45min bottles these days.
    The actual work is kinda fun, just as long as nobody gets hurt. Thats probably the hardest part of the job,...dealing when people get hurt, or worse.

    In some ways I miss it, but in others I don't. It's not a glorious job. You'll spend more time cleaning gear and running medical calls than anything else. Although it will depend on your dept. and locale and job.

    But, while youre there take advantage of some of the awesome training you can get....
    - High/Low angle rope rescue
    - Rescue diving
    - Hazmat certs
    - First Responder and EMT
    - etc.

    Good luck Probie!
     
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    thanks jen!
    FDog, wow thats alot of experience you have there! i plan on furthering my training most likely next spring session.
    our department uses SCOTT scba's with carbon wrapped 30 min bottles at 2216 psi. some kids in the academy had MSA's. i dont beleive anyone uses steel bottles anymore, man those most have been heavy i cant imagine.

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    It's a tie between having kids and partners as patients for me. They both kick things up a notch.

    I did standbys for large fires as an EMT and was always shocked at how far the fire fighters would push themselves physically. After a few hours at a big fire, it seemed like everybody was dehydrated with strained back, knee, or shoulder. Most of my treatment consisted of ice packs and water. I felt like the Micheline man when I'd grab some nomex and a helmet at big MVCs. Then I realized why all the firefighters had strains and pains after a few hours.

    To the OP, every response I went on, the local fire department was there. I'd see the same guys three or four times a night. Medicals were their bread and butter. Eat up.
     

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