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  • #16
    wilderness first responder here. run with the county search team and mutal aid to the local departments if need be. been a slow year. ended up missing the only search so far this year. doh!

    debating on if i'll join the one department in town... i have no desire to be a "fireman"... but i'd join the department to steal their brush truck on searches and run with the haz-mat team.

    also debated about upgrading my WFR to wilderness EMT... but pa is a little screwy in that if you are an EMT you *must* run hours with a department to maintain your cert. and there really isn't much difference between what a WFR and a WEMT can do anyway.

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    • #17
      ff-10years, USAF 17+

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      • #18
        Originally posted by muddyjeep
        wilderness first responder here. run with the county search team and mutal aid to the local departments if need be. been a slow year. ended up missing the only search so far this year. doh!

        debating on if i'll join the one department in town... i have no desire to be a "fireman"... but i'd join the department to steal their brush truck on searches and run with the haz-mat team.

        also debated about upgrading my WFR to wilderness EMT... but pa is a little screwy in that if you are an EMT you *must* run hours with a department to maintain your cert. and there really isn't much difference between what a WFR and a WEMT can do anyway.
        'specially as long as you're out in the bush.
        SOLO (Conway, NH) is where I get my certification/recert. done.
        And yeah, maintaining Recerts for WFR is not that hard, but maintaining WEMT is a nightmare... a friend (climbing buddy) of mine got out of "the business" a few years ago and took a lab tech slot, seems that getting into you late 40's really takes the wind out of your sails for mountain rescue work.
        All I can say is, my hat's off to you for maintaining your skillset. It's a definite plus, more people should at least have WFA on back-country trails.

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        • #19
          Full time and part time EMT for about 11 years now. I work for a fire department as a paid on call responder. The good thing is not every call is the blood and guts that everyone thinks right away. There are enough of those. Sometimes it is good to have the bloody calls. Keeps you on your toes.

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          • #20
            And here is one of the reasons why being on rescue crews can be a real nightmare:
            500-Pound Man Rescued After 12 Hours In River
            http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_198075508.html
            Unbelievable.

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            • #21
              Volunteer firefighter since 1987.
              Currently at the rank of Assistant Chief, but have been a line officer for 16 years now.
              Chief of Department next year.
              Right now, it is like having another full time job, and 90% of the reason I rarely have time to get to the board.

              good thread, Be safe, all of you.

              We just lost a firefighter in Bergen county on Sunday, line of duty death.

              http://www.firerescue1.com/DutyDeaths/291277/

              http://cms.firehouse.com/web/online/In-The-Line-Of-Duty/New-Jersey-Firefighter-Dies-after-Battling-Blaze/39$55533


              Here's pics of the fire.
              http://www.brettsfirephotos.com/

              http://www.brettsfirephotos.com/page62.html

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              • #22
                Man...as ISO/HSO I get really concerned over things like that. Part of my job is to try to prevent that.
                At least (and it's friggin' little) he passed within 24 hours. Classified as an LODD for insurance purposes. Glad they finally passed that.

                My flag is at half for your deptartment too Chief.

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                • #23
                  yea, but there's the kick in the nutz...

                  the Federal Gov'ment, in all their fuggun wisdom, allows the Dept. Of Justice to admin. that 450K LODD benefit that goes to the widow...translation...for the 486 filed LODD this year, they have paid out on 23....23!!!!

                  That is criminal, so glad the Gv'ment is taking care of the Vollie.

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                  • #24
                    AND I am a BIG BOY too!

                    Originally posted by tomsjeep
                    And here is one of the reasons why being on rescue crews can be a real nightmare:
                    500-Pound Man Rescued After 12 Hours In River
                    http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_198075508.html
                    Unbelievable.
                    So let me get this straight. The river was not deep enough to float a boat? Get your FAT A$$ UP AND WALK!!!!!!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by FlatLander
                      So let me get this straight. The river was not deep enough to float a boat? Get your FAT A$$ UP AND WALK!!!!!!
                      River was not deep enough to float a boat with this guy in it... they had to lash 3 canoes together and carry/drag him on those.

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                      • #26
                        11 years as FF, EMT 10 years as Lieutenant and last 10 years as department mechanic. retired last Nov. after 31 years.

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                        • #27
                          Shoulda just winched him.........about five miles for stupidity.

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                          • #28
                            volunteer for 14 years, LT for the last 3
                            active duty USAF FF for 4 years
                            career for 3 years
                            emt-b since 03

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                            • #29
                              probie volunteer fire here at home
                              officially in just recently
                              dont know when im gonna have time for fire school with college too

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                              • #30
                                And then, fire school in jersey!

                                Up here in Bergen county, my probies have to go 108 hours, plus a mid term, final and practical. Add to that all the Federal classes you are required...

                                you are correct, I do not know how young people do it and include college
                                Which academy are you attending?
                                Good luck Probie, and bring me the electric axe.

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