Well for me I have loved this "business" since i was a youngster. I live a block away from the station so I can rember when the siren went off i'd rush over to the window and watch all the men rush over to the station jump on the trucks and head out!
I was always captivated how when the siren goes off people come from where ever and drop everything to help in most cases people we dont even know!
I have always had this saying "that the you don't pick the job the job picks you!" We are a different breed of people we care when others could careless! It's not always easy but that's why I love it.
I have only been in the fire service for almost 2 years. My Dad was a firefighter when I was a kid and we lived directly across the street from the firehouse. My full time job is a hairdresser and I love my job because I love making people feel good about themselves, My part time job is selling Wildtree which is all natural foods to help people with staying healthy, So I would have to say being a volunteer firefighter is very rewarding in helping people to serve and protect.... Nothing makes me feel better than doing for others.
Where else can you get paid good money to break s**t? No,seriously,this business grows on ya. You start out wanting to help people and wind up ensnarled in this big semi dysfunctional family we call the brotherhood.You travel around the country or countries and find out that your "problems"aren't unique. If you do it right,there's a lot of information to be gained and a good meal or two along the way.And if you can crack a few "stones"(good naturedly)along the way,all the better.
I love being a fire fighter and 1st responder because i feel that i can help someone when they are at their worst. I have a strong passion for people. of course children really touch my heart because they have no idea what is really going on. for anyone that would lay their own life on the line to save another - i give my full respect. i wanted to know that i have done something positive for this crazy messed up world we live in (& for most of us the world we raise our kids in). i love what i do and i am grateful for all my fellow men and women (bros & sis) in this field!
Hmmm..I grew up dpwn the street from a fire house all the crew were in H.S. with my older sisters or lived on my street...I hung out in the bays every weekend and played stick ball behind it..as well as everything else including evil kenevil with my bike whole other story...I later went to be a cop..but a friend I worked with brought me to a local firehouse (this was after a few years already married) and i figured it was something to do ..once i got my first call..i was hooked
Well, when I just started out I loved the rush I got hearing the tone go off. But as I went to more calls I realized that I really loved helping people and that the community had given so much to me that this was a great way to give back. When I went on my first few calls the people that we were helping were total strangers to me, but it was really touching when a few calls were to go out and help people I knew. I remember the first time I went to a call like that, it was a girl from my school and she had crashed her car, although it was i minor crash she was beside herself. I remember getting out of my car and putting on my gear and walking over to the car to this girl who was surrounded by people she didn't know, when she saw me coming over she ran up and gave me a hug and told me how thankful she was that I was there. That was the most touching moment ever and reminded me that was the reason why I got into it.
Because of the fact that the United States took a chance on a snot nose 7 year old from another country, and I still take this oath personally.
"I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God."
I love the job because I love to help others in their time of need. TO be there to lend a hand in anyway to help a person of family who has lost everything near and dear to them. I have always been drawn to the firefighters and being a little girl I thought that it was something I knew I would do as i got older. I have worked in many of the aspects of the Firefighting and emergency response jobs. I love what I do. I even married a fireman.
I have seen the relationships that have been built in this brotherhood, it is unlike any other. You are a family and stay with each other thru the thick and thin. no one gets left behind..
my first experience with any type of firefighting was in 3rd grade when we visited the fire dept. that was close to my school. I was the kid who took an instant spark to everything i voulteered to put on what i thought of as "fireman clothes" at the time but now know as turnout gear and breathed through an air pack. from that point on i was fascinated with firefighting. Now im 15 and my local VFD has a junior program and I'm now waiting to graduate high school to start trainning for my career as a firefighter i already work as hard as i can on the vfd its just great to have a juniour program to be on. i guess I personally love it cause i expericned it growing up and just found this spark inside me for it