Hello everyone. I'm new around here, so I hope this message is going to where I intended it to go... lol. I'm David, a 33 yrs old firefighter from Edegem, Antwerp in Belgium. I'm sergeant, volunteer,…Continue
Regarding firedept.: firefighter, corporal (firefighting, rescuetechniques), sergeant (supervising interventions fire/rescue, hazardous substances, HRM), Hazardous substances reconnaissance (haven't got a clue how things are called overseas, but it's got to have a name...)
I'm married to Sabrina, Firefighters daughter, and have 3 children aged 19mnth's, 4yrs and 10yrs. joined dept. in 1999. Meanwhile moved to the firestation, where we answer emergency calls and send out the cavalry... The whife does dispatch while I participate in the"field work".
Safety advisor (projects in refineries, power plants etc.)
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Got to know a few local heroes, and got bitten by the "global firefighting-virus", no cure available...
Why I Love Fire/EMS
These guy's would go thrue a blazing fire for me, and right back at them...
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Finding new colleagues to join the corps, especially volunteers seems to get harder by the years. The courses, trainings and other demands also grow harder by the years, so I guess it's a natural consequence... That and people getting more selfish.
Welcome to the Fire Fighter's Nation, David. I hope that you enjoy the site and visit often. It is always good for us in the U.S. to get the perspectives of fire fighters from other countries.
Be safe and learn something new today
David, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all.
Hi there David; I’m Leo, a Paramedic from Victoria - Australia, I would like to Welcome you to FFN & hope U enjoy this site and gather as many friends during your stay. If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please feel free to add me to your collection of FFN friends. If I have not added you as a friend, it’s because I have reached my Max and I am waiting for members to reply to me.
I also collect Patches and badges and would love to show one of yours in my collection. I am looking for Police, Medical, Ambulance, S&R; Dispatcher & Fire Service patches. If U are interested, or U know someone in these groups please contact me. My Email is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel like sending me one of your Service patch … don’t be shy….
My address is:-
Leo J. Cartwright
246 Kay Street
NOTE: David the last question just means what are some of the probles or issues that effect your fire service? like wages, working hours, rosters, equipment, volunteer needs, ect; ect.