Hi all, been surfing the site for a while now, figured it was time I introduce myself. Name is Dave (as if my user name didn't specify this already...lol). At 37 years old I am currently a probationary member of Ridgely Volunteer Fire Dept. on the Eastern Shore of MD. Attending Firefighter 1 classes until April 2011. Joined the fire service for several reasons. I grew up here, and other than a short 13 year stint away I've always called this small town home. I wanted to make a difference to this community, and having grown up around, and with many of the members of our dept I decided to join. I always saw the fire service as a brotherhood (and sisterhood), and wanted to be a part of that type of comeraderie. Joining the department has also boosted my self-confidence. The first time I put my turnouts on, I felt like somebody, not just another face in the crowd, so to speak. I look forward to many more years serving this community, and am hoping soon to possibly switch career paths and be accepted to a paid position elsewhere in the state.

Looking forward to interacting with you all on here, and maybe even one day on the fireground...stay safe ...

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Hi Dave, welcome to FFN.
Glad your here Dave
Welcome Dave!
Welcome to FFN
Thanks for serving your community. Keep up the good work and stay safe.
Welcome Dave
Welcome Dave
hello dave, my name is robert doak - i'm kind of new to firefighter nation myself but glad you joined and your right it feels good to be a part of something helping people makes me feel good to. good luck with fire school its fun and if you don't know something ask someone friends or teachers unless it really a dume thing to ask. you probly know this already but going paid means u have to get your emt exam also. well nice to chat with you and i have a fb page under bobby doak if u want to chat ! see ya
Stay Safe....Train often
Welcome Dave!
Welcome, From the mountains of Western MD.
Thanx everyone for the warm welcome...Glad to be here, can't wait to jump in on some of the discussions

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