"Chance, I wear mine under my coat. My coat is Firedex, zip, no snaps. Getting the mic up and out is sometimes one of the most frustrating things. I take my mic, and clip it to my collar, by my left ear and then zip up. It doesn't always stay…"
"We have one of each: Our tanker is a side mount, our engine a top mount and our new mini attack is a rear mount. They all have pros and cons. I happen to like the side mount most, mostly b/c getting up into the top mount with my damn short legs is a…"
"Our department doesn't use straps, but I got one about a year ago. I'll never go back. I love it. It's convenient, and imo safer. My radio never stayed in the pocket, mic was always flopping around and falling off my coat. Took a bit…"
Firefighter I, Ice and Cold Water Rescue Technician; Graduate full time basic police academy 93rd; Tanker Driver/Operator. I have special training in child sexual abuse and online predators, and active shooter response team tactics.
I keep busy, always on the go. I am an artist, a published freelance writer and photographer, a firearms instructor, a volunteer firefighter (driver, pump ops, Fire 1), and an Ice and cold water rescue technician.
Tired of my crappy job, I responded to an ad for the sheriff's department and was hired as a deputy. We have 'part time" certification here, requiring a week at the police academy. When I was held back from advancement and desired training, I applied for a full time spot at a local PD, went to the Full Time Basic Academy, 16 weeks of hell, and graduated top of my class, the 93rd. I loved my job, even enjoyed the academy. A combination of politics and a particularly gruesome case had me taking a break. Bored and wanting to still use my skills, I joined our local FD, where my husband is 1st LT. Am I in it for the rush? Sure. But it's really the satisfaction of DOING, helping, being a part of something bigger than yourself, and the closeness of a house family. We have 3 generations in some of the families! And our daughter just joined the junior division. I'm a proud mama. ( She is also darn good with a fire arm!)
Why I Love Fire/EMS
I am a doer. I like to be surrounded by like minded people...people who run towards the problem and not away from it.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Training: there is never enough of it.
Politics: there is no room for it.
Equipment: need more, need newer, and need trained ppl to run it. We have a shortage of VFF's here.
Hallo Amy , iam new here in FFN ,iwork as Paramedic and CPR Instructor in Germany .Iam very fascinited from US fire ,EMS and Police Vehicles . I hope i will find here many new Friends and contact . I hope too i can learn a better english here for my next visit in the usa next year . If you need a patch from my Rescue Department ,please let it me knoe . Be save in your work.