Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Foxwall EMS - completely volunteer EMS company, involved for almost 2 years as an EMT-Basic
FF1, Essentials of Firefighting, Basic Vehicle Rescue Technician, HazMat Operations, NIMS 100 and 700, NREMT-B, PA DOH EMT-B, AHA CPR for the Healthcare Provider, CPR Instructor
I have been a Firefighter since February of 2007, and had absolutely no Fire certifications before becoming a member of my fire department. I worked over the summer of 2007 to get through Essentials and become certified as an Interior Firefighter. I got my BVR-T just before going back to school in August, and then my Firefighter 1 certification in November. I have been involved in EMS since 2005, becoming an EMT-B in April of 2007. I joined Ross/West View EMSA in May and ran there over the summer while going through Essentials. I joined Foxwall EMS in June of 2007 and also ran there over the summer. I still run calls when I can at both EMS agencies, and I am very active in my fire department. I am currently attending the University of Pittsburgh, where I am majoring in Emergency Medicine. I will graduate in 2010 with a Paramedic certification and a Bachelor's Degree of Science. I am currently working toward becoming a Flight Medic. Overall, I absolutely LOVE what I do, and I couldn't imagine myself doing anything else. I believe that there is a sense of pride and camaraderie that you just can't get anywhere else, and I trust each and every one of my Fire/EMS brothers and sisters with my life.
Allegheny County 9-1-1 Telecommunicator (Dispatcher)
I became involved in EMS because I wanted to help people in a medical sense, but I didn't want to be confined to a hospital. I don't really know why I became a Firefigher, but once I got involved, I was hooked. I love what I do, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I love going somewhere new every day and the thrill of responding to calls. There is also a sense of commaradery that you just can't get anywhere else. I would trust every person in my Fire and EMS stations with my life.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
the thrill of responding to a call, and not knowing exactly what you'll see when you get on scene. And of course, helping people when they need it the most.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Safety of Personnel, Communication, New Technology/Equipment, Physical/Vehicle Rescue Techniques, Freelancing, Lack of Funding, Lack of Training, etc.
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Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. In addition to the relatively cool videos and fire scene photos, there are numerous groups, discussions and chat available.
If you have never had the opportunity, take a minute to explore firefighterclosecalls.com and the secret list. This is a wonderful web site to explore and learn from the mistakes of others. It is also, sadly, a roll call of those whom have made the ultimate sacrifice, in their service to their communities.
We have all joined the Public Safety Community for a variety of our personal reasons. Some of us are paid, while others volunteer. Many are firefighters, while others enjoy the EMS side of the house. We have active firefighters, line officers, chiefs, administrative officers, and a number of old timers who have seen most of the mistakes already made at least once. We have firefighters with many many years of experience, and others that, well, don’t. All are welcome here in The Nation. We welcome your input, just as we hope that you learn from the experiences of others.
Personally, I have 31 years service to the local fire department. I have held most line officer positions, and some administrative as well. Now part of the Old Guard so to speak, I am less inclined to go charging into where others are trying to escape. Instead, I choose to monitor the fire scene closely, attempting to ensure the safety of all on the fire scene.
I welcome you to the FFN. Here we all share one common goal.....
Stacy - Hey from Tennessee! I saw youve got hazmat training and want to invite you to SpillEaters.com which is a hazmat site ive got for hazmat folks to share info, training ideas etc. Stop by i fyou get a chance and stay safe!