I was wondering how many people knew as a child that they would devote thier life to helping people? What was your biggest influences on your life ? What does it feel like helping people today?

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Comment by Brittany on June 12, 2008 at 11:23am
I never expected to be doing this job five years ago. I didn't grow up around the fire service. I didn't know anyone who did this. No one in my family has ever done this. I had an adopted Uncle who was on the Fire Department, but he lived in NY. I heard several people who worked for the American Red Cross/4-H/Fire&EMS, etc... talking about how volunteers were needed in my area to do this. I finally stopped by my fire department when someone was up there, and asked what the requirements were. I was voted on 2 months later. I went through 36 hr FF training that March, and Basic school that fall. I recently completed my Paramedic training, and I can't imagine doing anything else. This fall, I plan to do 240 FF training. I've currently talked my brother (19) into joining (he's been on a year-- 36 hr FF, EVOC, First Responder) and one of my friends (EMT-B, 36 hr FF, EVOC). My sister is counting the months until she graduates so SHE can get on. I love what I do. I love helping people, I love the adventure and excitement and the knowledge that what I do makes a difference, whether it is a smile or an IV.
Comment by Christina Luick on April 27, 2008 at 6:24pm
Well My sister went to nursing school when I was 4. It all started then. Emergency was a big influence, however it was also a family tradition! I got my LPN license in 1988 and Basic in 1992. My Paramedic followed in 1994. I took a few breaks in volunteering to have my children, but couldn`t wait to get back into it. Knowing your helping people is the greatest feeling in the world!
Comment by Bill Heizer F/F E.M/T.-P on March 23, 2008 at 7:45pm
I knew as a child that i wanted to work in a field that would impact people's life's in a positive manner, but the tv show Emergency led me on the path of emergency medicine and firefighting. Been a paramedic for the last 21 years and in the rescue fieldn for approximately 34 + years
Comment by donna on March 3, 2008 at 7:45pm
i've always wanted to make a diffrence,i worked at a gym for 4 yrs,so many people touched my life in many ways,never knew how loved i was until my mom passed away last yr.it's great feeling to know your smile makes a diffrence.
Comment by Vicki on February 10, 2008 at 6:02pm
I have always known that I wanted to help people, I wanted to be a trauma nurse, but life kinda got in the way, I finally got the chance to do something better, Fire and rescue! And it is awesome! :)
Comment by Jessica Hart on December 12, 2007 at 4:57pm
I beleave that GOD knows from the getgo that thier are some of us that are not happy with life unless it involves helping others! I knew that my job was to help when no one else would.I was like,7or8,when it clicked in.
Comment by CJ on December 8, 2007 at 9:47pm
I always knew that I wanted to be in the "people business" and saw law enforcement as the best way to reach out to those in need. Thus, EMS was a natural, second interest.
Comment by mikiemedic on November 23, 2007 at 8:14am
If it weren't for EMERGENCY ( 10-4 Rampart sending a strip vitals to follow) I wouldn't have been in this line of work. I joined the hometown rescue squad when I was 13yrs old has a junior member and started my upward trekk.
Comment by JOHN BEASLEY on November 16, 2007 at 10:40pm
i have alwys wanted to be a firefigher. no question when i was a kid and they asked what are you going to be when you grow up i would say a firefightrer. i love to serve my community and to help those in thier moments of crisis. nothing more fulfilling knowing your actions make the diffrence. we all make the diffrence no matter big or small we make the diffrence so set the standard high and stay safe while doing it cause the next lifeyou save may be your own!!!!!!
Comment by Lt.leatherhead on October 21, 2007 at 3:13pm
i've grown up in the fire service, i have been in the station sense i was six years old with my firefighter father. i honestly never thought of beong anything other than a firefighter. i really dont think i know anything else that could ever make me feel the way this job does!

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