I often find myself perusing this website at the wee hours of the morning with every intention of learning something new every night (when I'm working - that is). I have to say, I do pick up quite a bit of knowledge from some very informational posts and I do appreciate it! I feel like sometime here I may need to give back a little bit. Unfortunately, I'm not a firefighter - I'm edging my way into being an EMT and I am a dispatcher. I can't imagine that my input will be useful to thousands, although I try.
Regardless, seeing as this website has a vast majority of men. I thought I'd address a topic (or 10) that probably hasn't been mentioned here before: etiquette. Now, bare with me. I swear like a trucker, ride a harley, have tattoos and I take shots of whiskey with no chaser. I'm no peach - but I do know there are some things that need improvement from the male population in general.
1. Holding the door open for a woman is appreciated, every single time. If a woman doesn't say thank you - she's probably got bigger things on her mind than who's holding the door for her. So here: I'll say thank you for her. THANK YOU. There, now you can do it every single time and feel rewarded. Just remember: "oh Deb said 'thank you' for her - goodgame"
2. What you do with your fire department shirt on reflects your fire department directly. ESPECIALLY IF YOUR ACTION IS RUDE.
For example: pretending to take out your princess sofia and making the motions of whizzing on something just makes me think that that's how you're going to put the fire out at my house. Know what else that works for? The stickers on your trucks. If I see you driving like shit with a "co. 5" sticker hanging out on the back window, and I know your officers... they're SO hearing about it - because if you drive your own truck like that with the departments name blaring on the back why wouldn't you drive the engine like that with lights and sirens and all? Remember - someone is always watching.
3. Please. For the love of God. BE NICE TO YOUR DISPATCHERS. When you're giving me attitude on the radio for not answering you fast enough, or for not being able to hear you because of background noise or poor radio communications - I'm on the phone with the FMO, the PD is standing behind me listening in and asking questions, and the next due Co. ambulance is returning from the hospital at the same time with both of your paid staff on board. Not to mention - when you're getting all lippy because you're not getting what you want fast enough, it's not getting to you any faster. AND! you're making the WHOLE TOWN and your department look bad. So: bring us candy and roses and pretty smelling candles and we will be happy little dispatchers.
4. Just because I'm talking to someone, doesn't mean I'm nailing them. I do have FRIENDS. I'm gonna leave that right there at that.
4a)What is said between the guys does sometimes make it back to the girl. Be nice.
4b)ALWAYS remember: HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE THAT OF AN ANGRY REDHEAD.
4c)If there were female dayrooms, I'd more than likely hang out there just to avoid this horseshit.
5. Leaving your plate on the table is only acceptable if you go on a call, open mics are dangerous, and the hoses used for cleaning the engines are not for squirting at Deb. Oh! and quit burping and farting it doesn't make you more manly at all.
6. If needed: I can provide you with an extensive research I've conducted on the negative side effects of chewing tobacco. Smoking will be my next feat to conquer. Lance Bernacki : pay attention.