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Old 12-27-2004, 20:01   #1
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New to the profession.

I am new to this whole thing. When I say new, I mean NEW. I have no credentials yet.... I have been hired on to a extremely small fire almost private fire dept. They have a large grant that they have to use so and a good share of that money will go for my training. There are currently only a few people on the dept right now and by the end of 2005 they are hoping to have 20 people. This department, mostly for political reasons, does not even have Mutual Aid with the neighboring fire dept.

Anyway, I am looking forward to the training, and experience.

Is there anything that I should know or any words of wisdom any of you veterans would care to share?
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Old 12-27-2004, 20:19   #2
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Look professional and pretend that you know what you are talking about, people won't know the difference!;z

Just kidding, I think. The only advice I have is just listen to what the more experienced guys have to say, keep your head down, and when the s*** hits the fan, DUCK!

Good luck, you'll do fine. If OBXPRNSTAR can fight fires, anyone can!


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Old 12-27-2004, 20:28   #3
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Look professional and pretend that you know what you are talking about, people won't know the difference!;z

Just kidding, I think. The only advice I have is just listen to what the more experienced guys have to say, keep your head down, and when the s*** hits the fan, DUCK!

Good luck, you'll do fine. If OBXPRNSTAR can fight fires, anyone can!


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Thanks for the advise. BTW, I have been meaning to ask OBXPRNSTAR about that name. I somehow sense there is more to it than what meets the eye.
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Old 12-27-2004, 22:28   #4
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Thanks for the advise. BTW, I have been meaning to ask OBXPRNSTAR about that name. I somehow sense there is more to it than what meets the eye.


Go to the OX & Alex Forum and find the thread titled "Hey OBXPRNSTAR".
All will be explained.
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Old 12-27-2004, 22:55   #5
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lomfs24, the biggest thing to remember! If someone tells you to do somthing and you do not know how to do it, or are unsure, advise them so. Feel free to ask questions, and ask alot of them. About 1/2 of what I learned in the fire service was hands on around the station, stuff shown to me by the guys that had been around for a few years.

Good luck.


And about my name... ;f


What do you think I did before I was a FF/Medic?
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Old 12-28-2004, 19:16   #6
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Well I got confirmation today of the first of my training. I will be heading to EMS class on Tues Jan 4th. It's gonna suck cause it is every Tues and Thursday night and Sat and Sun for Jan and Feb. Two months of no weekends. But at least I will have it out of the way and done... for now.
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Old 12-29-2004, 23:50   #7
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I've only got 9 months in the fire service, so I'm not much farther along. Basically keep your mouth closed and your eyes and ears open. You learn more that way.

Don't expect your coworkers to be invite you over for dinner right away. You'll have to prove to them that you are not incompetant and that you will stick around. A lot of people join the fire/ems services without a realization of all the training you have to do in order to begin to do the glorified stuff. They seem to think that they will walk off the street and into a burning building. Once people realize all that is involved, many don't return. Yet more don't come back after their first fatal.

We're a group of people that in-fights a lot: rural vs urban, dept vs dept, and intra-dept "clans." We've got to do something in between calls. On the flip side, you're also entering a group that rallies behind its members when bad things happen and applaud one another when someone makes a rescue. No where else can you find two people cracking jokes and patting each other on the back after a fire when they were almost at each other's throats only hours before.
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Old 12-30-2004, 22:22   #8
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Just put the wet stuff on the red stuff.
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Old 12-31-2004, 17:42   #9
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Just put the wet stuff on the red stuff.
I tried this little tid bit of wisdom out today. Didn't work out too well. You see, seems the Cheif doesn't like getting hosed down in his rig.

Just joking.
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Old 12-31-2004, 22:21   #10
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Best job in the world. I am a Captain at a medium size department. Most days I cannot believe they pay me to do this job.
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I tried this little tid bit of wisdom out today. Didn't work out too well. You see, seems the Cheif doesn't like getting hosed down in his rig.

Just joking.
Well, we can all see that you are learning allready.
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