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Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by jbcarr25, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. jbcarr25


    Mar 22, 2005
    Hey All,
    I haven't posted in a while but I had to post this. I got a call Monday saying that the fire department I was trying to get into had ranked all the applying candidates and had accepted the top 18 people. This sucked because I was number 19 on that list!! So then yesterday comes along and I get another call from the same HR lady with a job offer! Apparently some dude had taken another job somewhere so they gave the offer to me, I been so excited since I been dancin all around my house. I can't wait to start training and I wanted to as all you veterans if you got any advice that you could pass along to a noobie?
  2. Let me congradulate you on your new career!! Ive been a career fire fighter for about 15 years and a volunteer for a few years before that. If you have experience as a volunteer thats great, you should be ahead of the game. My first words of advice, keep your mouth shut at first. God gave us two eyes and ears and one mouth for a reason. Soak up as much as you can. It sounds kind of harsh but believe me its the best thing to do. Some guys that get on are know it alls and they shoot their mouth off and they usually get into trouble. Dont be one of those guys. Listen to the "old guys" and treat them with the RESPECT that they deserve!! They may no know all the new ideas but they know how to do the job. Be the first one up when theres work to do. Learn how to make coffee and clean. Pick up after your self. Do your job as best as you can do. You wont be expected to know everything when you get out of the academy so ask questions if you dont know. Remember all eyes will be on you. Keep yourself out of trouble on and off the job. Be early for work. Keep a professional appearance. Treat the public with respect even if they dont deserve it. Be the first one in the fire and the last one to get out. Learn your first due area. Learn where the fire hydrants, sprinkler hook ups, alarm panels, and stand pipes are in the buildings. Make sure you wear your gear, where it properly. Learn to laugh at yourself but take your job seriously. Remember when you graduate from the acedmey that you dont know it all and youll be learning for the rest of your career. Dont ever stop learning!!! Have a tough skin. Im sure everyone knows we like to kid so you better get use to it. Learn to shut it off and do your job. No one like to go to fatal fires or drag a dead teenager out of a wrecked car. Its not a fun thing to do and you never get use to it. But try to concentrate on the task at hand and rememember youre there to solve the problem. You didnt cause the fire or crash. Its ok to feel horrible after something like that. Talk about it if you need to. Dont keep it inside. It will eat you up. These are some things that come to mind just off the top of my head. In one of my trade magazins someone wrote an article about being new to the fire serivce. Ill look for the acticle and let you know. Again, good luck to you!

  3. jbcarr25


    Mar 22, 2005
    Thanks Pa, I really appreciate the advice, especially coming from someone who's been in for 15 years.
  4. RSQMedic


    Sep 11, 2004
    Greater New Orleans

    Learn all you can, from the books AND the Old Timers. When all is said and done the best weapon you will have inside a good working job is your brain. Mental exercise is as important and the physical exercise.

    Pa is right on about keeping your mouth shut and your ears open. The loud mouths are the ones to be careful of. Those with quiet conidence are the ones you want to have close when the feces hits the occilating air delivery device.

    Be passionate about safety, in the end your are most responsible for your safety.

    Enjoy your new carrer and the people you will share it with.

    Almost forgot, congradulations!

    Steve Billman EMT-P
    Rescue Specialist

    23 years looking forward to the next, and the next,and....
  5. Surfr


    Oct 31, 2005
    Congrats! Everything Pa said is true. I would only add two things:

    1. Don't know if you are married or not- but it takes a special woman to be the wife of a firefighter. Choose carefully.

    2. Keep your body in shape, train for endurance, not just strength.

    Good luck to you- stay low!
  6. Turk40SW


    Nov 14, 2004
    Houston, Tx
    as stated above.. listen, speak when asked to speak, respect your elders even if they aren't your elder. they are your elder when it comes to brother fire. books teach you a lot, but salty old firefighters got that way by doing it, listen hard because they'll teach you what it takes to survive.

    wear your gear the proper way no matter how cool you think it looks to sling yer pack over yer shoulder and hang yer mask on your chest.

    don't be a know-it-all, even if you are.. no one likes "that guy"

    don't be afraid to be scared. we all are at some time, and macho BS will get you and your crew killed.
  7. MrWithasee

    MrWithasee Not playing

    Nov 9, 2005
    Congratulations, brother. Let me piggyback an extra note to what Surfr had to say. If you are married or have a significant other, leave home at home and leave work at the fire house. If I were to spend the last 23 hours walking waist deep through the guts of dead babies, when my wife asks me how my day was, I always tell her it was fine and uneventful. Your girl doesn't need to know about the kinds of things you may see.

    One other thing, if there is a Local in your city, join the International Association of Firefighters. If there isn't one, let me know where you are and I can see about contacting the right people near by and see about making it happen.
  8. gloxter


    Jan 2, 2005
    Remember that you are on PROBATION. You can be let go for any reason, or for no reason. You essentially are an at-will employee. My recommendation to you for the next year or eighteen months (don't know how long your probationary period is) would be to set the "extreme sports" aside during that period. The same goes for skiing, motocross, mountain biking, motorcycles, ultralight flying, parachuting, get the idea.

    Try to do at least one "extra" thing for your station or apparatus each shift. This will show the old-timers and even the new guys/gals that you respect the things you have (eqiupment/station).

    You've worked hard to get this far. The next year is the real test.

    Best of luck to you.

  9. diablo2184


    Dec 3, 2005
    South Fl
    Congrats man, Im working on getting into the Department myself....

    XNYTRUCKIE Smoke Eater

    congratulations, now listen up, you will be a probie , you dont and never will have an opinion on anything unless you feel your life is in is always yes or no sir , you should be the first to arrive on shift and the last to leave, fist up from the table after meal and not letting the senior guys or the officer(s) touch thier dishes ... ALWAYS stay busy and and away from the lazy boys, you should not have enough free time to lounge, either study for your next PO, mess with the equipment on the rigs so you kn them inside and out., you should be cleaning or at bare minumum working out if you rnot bsuy enough..before you come to your 1st shift and contact the officer and ask him if it is alright if you bring dinner, if he says it is ok, do not go the cheap route, do steaks or something that will make a good impression, if he says no, bring bagels or something for breakfast that the guys would like... good luck I am sure you will do fine if you follow the info that we have posted for you....

    last 2 point Listen to the most senir guy who will work with you and train like your life depends on it because it does.....