i love being able to help people and give back to the people in my community, i love the adrenilin of going to a fire and knowing that i have helped someone in someway, i love the job because its not just any job, its 'THE JOB' , its who i am , its in my blood , i was born to do this
haha forggot i had already posted on this , i didnt read last page
ok ready for this one! I was told that I wasn't big enough or tough enough to do the job! Made me apply and prove everyone wrong! As soon as I joined I went through the fire academy program that the state I lived in gave. I still wanted to do it even after that! The first 4 to 5 years I just fought fires and had no problems doing it. Then I started to talk to other firefighters around the country and found out about different magazines and trade shows and started reading and attending and then game on. I breathed, ate, slept firefighting! I would be talking to my friends about what I had learned and they would look at me and ask me what I was talking about. Forgetting they didn't have the same interest in doing what I love to do! That love as a volunteer took me to a new level of being a paid firefighter. Which took me to becoming the Training Officer, then the Fire Prevention Specicalist I am today! 15 years later and still going strong and proving that I'm tough enough and big enough! Oh and along that way I was in a horrible car accident to the point the doctors said my career was over and put in a wheel chair for some time, but I proved them wrong to! So all you young future firefighters out there I hope that gives you some encouragement!!!