I found this while looking at a few profiles and it has one of the best explanations i think i have found.
Why a firefighter, Medic? Isn't it dangerous? How do you deal with the stress? Well I'm here to tell you that yes; it is in fact very dangerous. And at times it can be very stressful. However, I don't do it for the stereotypical image of pulling little Sally out of a burning building. But don't get me wrong, I would have her unfortunate ass out of that building faster than you could say I think my house is on fire. Then why do you do it? I'll tell you. When flowers randomly show up at the station with a card showing how much we cannot be thanked the day after we run a horrific car accident, it keeps you coming back. When that 5 year old boy shows up the day after he broke his arm falling out of his tree house wanting you to sign his cast, it keeps you coming back. When you have a long day at work and need to grab a cup of coffee on your way home and someone randomly pays for it, thanking you for everything you do, not realizing you're wearing your station's shirt, it keeps you coming back. And right as you're about to leave, a mother of 2 comes up and informs you that she has taught her sons to say a prayer for us each and every time they see us going down the road with lights and sirens, you can bet it keeps us coming back. The feeling you get when an Air Life helicopter takes off with the patient you just spent 20 heart-pounding minutes extricating from their now destroyed vehicle that you could have very well just saved their life, and at the same time wondering why it took you so god damn long, keeps you coming back. Your brothers at the station you will have for life because no one else knows what you go through, keeps us coming back. Being dubbed "Homer" by your peers because during DPO class you leave out 25 PSI to account for master stream friction loss in a total pressure loss calculation you exclaim "DOH!" keeps you coming back. Because all in all, you are just another body on the street, another car in rush hour, to your boss you are a number, but when you put that uniform on and the tones drop for that structure fire in your first-due with a report of someone trapped, for that brief moment in time, to someone, you are everything
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Just like what i do and knowing i am doing my part to make a difference.
Hi, Allen. Thanks for the photo comment about our Super Tanker. Yes it is for sale. Our department's first due run area services a community of about 10,000 people and is made up of small rural roads. We have had this truck for almost 3 yrs and have only used it on 5 or 6 calls. One of which was in a neighboring state. We would really like to see it stay in service in our County but would settle for it to remain in service as a fire truck anywhere, if it can't stay here. The main reason we would like to sell it is because our department is only 3 yrs old and we have only one member that can drive it. Also the insurance costs for us right now make it a huge expense.
As I stated in the photo caption the tank is 9,000 gals, it also has the ability to pump right from the back. So it has the ability to be a stand alone truck or just provide water for a tanker shuttle. It is a great truck! Just to big for our department and community.
Thanks again for your comment. If you could pass the word for us, I would appreciate it. Have a great weekend and stay safe!!
Been a while since I wrote..been incredibly busy. End of school and i can not seem to catch up. Mr.Strong retired the year I started (Aug. 1990) The other man, taught next to me but I do not remember his name. How are things going in your neck of the woods?
You must be close to my age then. I graduated in 1982 (you may be a little younger than me!) I know Jackey. She was still there when I taught in the early 90's and then taught at Millington MIddle with me later. Do you remember Mrs. Staton or Mrs. Ector? Mrs. Staton died about 10 years ago now and i think Mrs. Ector had a stroke. It seems really funny to find someone who knows about it.
Did you go to school in Memphis? I grew up in Midtown, lived in Bartlett shortly after I got married and then moved back to Midtown until I moved here. It is very different being in a small town. I miss resturants...Sonic is about all we have here!
Hey there Allen. Thanks for the welcome. Yeah I hate just waisting time - though I am no stranger to relaxing too...lol. I am getting ampt in waitfing MX season starting and to race more days than the last 2 years. :0)