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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
3 1/2 years
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Our local volunteer fire department.
Years With Department/Agency
3 1/2
My Training:
Haz Mat Awareness
Structural Burn Session
2006 Women Fire Fighting Training Weekend (Lewistown, PA)
"Everyone Goes Home"
Firefighter I Skills Enhancement
General Fire Service Rescue
Hybrid Safety and Awareness
Introduction to the Fire Service
Search and Rescue 101 (Puppy Style)
Incident Management Systems Basics

Hoping to take FF-I later this year.
About Me:
I've been in our township volunteer fire department for about 3 1/2 years now. My husband and my oldest daughter were members before I was. I have thoroughly enjoyed being in the department. I've been steadily adding to my training and building on my knowledge and skills. As I've been going along I have also been gaining more confidence, and overcoming some issues with claustrophobia, etc.
I try to balance my involvement in the fire department with being a wife to one husband, mother to 5 children and a part time RN.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I joined the volunteer fire dept that my husband has been involved in for years.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
getting out there and getting it done, helping our community.
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To exercise, or not to exercise ~ Reformation of a computer chair potato?

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 12:48pm 3 Comments

I don't know about the rest of you, but I have been very sedentary this winter. I've been a near complete computer chair potato. I always feel very run down and frequently depressed. I started a new night turn job in the fall that has been challenging.

I'm weak, overweight and out of shape. I think there may be a link between all of the aforementioned facts. Fortunately, despite not taking good enough care of my body, I am healthy with no illnesses or infirmities.

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At 4:39pm on January 17, 2010, Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd said…
Dear O'Kitty,

I want to apologize for chastising you for not reading the prior posts before making any assumptions about my character. You could not have done this because they were removed by the child in question. If you take the time to read all the posts (or at least the ones that still exist as of this posing), you might have a different perspective.

I invite you to take a look at any of my posts, mostly intended on sharing information and enabling folks to go home the next morning. If you take the time to do just a little research, you will figure out that I am not a jerk.

The only reason this kid had the 'guts' to write an apology was because I told him on a post that he needed to say he was sorry for lying and that firefighters were honest. You did not get the chance to read any of this because he deleted the posts. He sent me an email asking me not to write his department and that he was sorry. I wrote him back and told him that I had not intended on contacting anyone, I just wanted him to understand that it was really important to always be truthful. Again, you did not have the chance to read this but others did. You can read their posts on his post that help fill in the blanks.

Having been involved now with the FFN for over a year now, I have made many friends and have been involved with helping firefighters all over the world with hazmat, firefighting, prevention and all other things I know a lot about after 37 years working in the field.

Because of your post O'Kitty, I have decided that this will be my last post and response dealing with any issues or individuals that are not involving firefighter's that are adults. As much as I care, I fully understand the heartbreak associated with trying to help a child and have the whole thing turn south on you...

At 7:23pm on March 20, 2009, Art "ChiefReason" Goodrich said…
Thanks for your comments.
It is a constant battle, but when I think of how I felt and how I feel now, it's a no-brainer.
My last check up sealed the deal.
Doc said I was in excellent shape in every respect.
However; for some strange reason, my "iron" was low, so I am taking a supplement.
So, welcome to the world of ChiefReason.
At 3:11am on March 11, 2009, Doug said…
My e-mail isn't working right, so I have to reply here. Ya, he was the shorter guy with the silver curly hair. Those guys hung out at our station for quite a while after the class was over, and we just bs'd with them and get to know them pretty well.
At 11:04am on March 6, 2009, Amber said…
I can completely relate. The same thing happened to me. Older dog passed on and got a new puppy. It's a good thing they are so cute when they are little. I never got more than 4 hours of sleep a night for the first 9 months! Be patient and I'm sure you will have her trained in no time. :-)
At 8:37am on March 5, 2009, Amber said…
Love the pictures of your new puppy. Boy does she have some big feet to grow into, LOL. Bet you are having loads of fun with her.
At 4:32pm on February 28, 2009, Amber said…
Love your blog. We should talk, we have a lot in common.
At 8:35am on January 26, 2009, Kimberly A Bownas said…
Hey Kitty, just wanted to say hi before I go for my doctors appointment. hope to see you on later and you and I can get caught up. Happy belated Birthday girl. Sorry I missed it. Hope you had a great birthday with the family....
At 3:23pm on January 21, 2009, candy said…
STOPPING BY TO SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope you have an awesome day!!!!
At 10:27pm on October 19, 2008, S.Ruble said…
Does you fire department have an explorer post, did you like fireproof
At 4:16pm on October 19, 2008, Kimberly A Bownas said…
Damn Kitty, I was hoping he wouldn't... LOL

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