Hi I'm Robert, I'm the Presedent of the Ingleside Fire Corps. We are also a responding unit of the Ingleside Volunteer Fire Dept. We are a 501c3 that supports our Men and Wemen that do the Hot work. We are also CERT trained. Just wondering who else out there does what we do.
Hi Cynthia. Nice to meet another SC Firewife. I'm trying to compile firewife stories from across the country. Eventually I would like to do something with them, maybe a book, but that is far in the future. For now it's more of a comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one struggling with the day-to-day adventures of having my husband gone so much and being a single parent more than I'd like. Thanks for responding and I hope to hear your story soon.
Hi Cynthia, Thank you for the warm welcome. Our department is unique in that we have an administrative Fire Chief, 3 resident chief officers, 2 full-time firefighters and approx. 70 paid-on-call firefighters. Three of our four fire stations are staffed 24/7. The resident chief is in the office from 8am-5pm. They are on duty 120 hours each week. We conduct our daily lives just as we would if we lived elsewhere. The only difference is that my husband can't leave home(the property) when he is on duty. Our home, the fire truck bays and fire station office are basically all one building. We do not have a written "open door" policy but family & friends have always been allowed to visit. At our station we have a group of 3 or 4 people (One of which is a retired firefighter) that come in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning for coffee. They hang out for an hour or so and then go on their way.
Our station (Station #4 - Westwood) has always been open and friendly to the public. Our firefighters' association hosts an annual (68th this year) ice cream social in July. It's held in the parking lot at the fire station. We sell tickets door to door for the month prior. The community looks forward to seeing our fire trucks come down their street to sell tickets. We have ice cream, cupcakes, pizza, dunk tank, bingo, fish pond, fire prevention trailer, live band and door prizes from area merchants. Attendance is usually upwards of 3000 people. It's great fun for all.
Again....I've rambled on and on. But the ice cream social is a good example of how important the community is to our department.
Thank you again for the warm welcome.
Wow what a small world. I live in one of the new subdivisions. I am glad that I am not alone with the feeling that I have with having a hubby part of the fire department. I have talked to other wives here that have fireman has hubby and they get the same feelings I have. I am getting thru it all the best that I can. Where is Summerville did you live? What firehouse did your hubby volunteer?
Missouri is... wonderful I guess! If you like humidity and tornadoes and any other crappy unpredictable weather at any given time! What about Arizona??!?!?!?! I have never been farther west than Denver, CO and that was like heaven! Atleast the mountains are! Thanks for the comment on my pics! I truely have a passion for snapping photos! I just wish that I had more time to take them! I really would love to travel and take pics, but only a handful of people can afford to do that! For now, I guess that i will just feed the elderly and take care of my family! Which by the way, is my number 1 priority in my life! I LOVE BEING A MOM AND THE WIFE OF A FIREFIGHTER!!!!
hi there Cynthia! Its nice to meet you! Tell me about yourself and your family! I got involved in this site thru a friend of ours that is on the department with my husband! if you get a chance check out some of my pictures that i posted! i love taking pictures! i will try to get some more on there very soon!
My wife doesn't always understand Like the time she spent hours making dinner only to have the pager go off as it came out of the oven I said I would stay and eat but she knew i would rush and run out the door so she said get to your call took a couple of days to be forgiven though. Might be moving up to asst. chief shes not to happy about that because of the time I'll spend but it really won't be any more than I already do as captain. Hooter
Cynthia, welcome to the FF 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. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around.
Hey was just reading your profile I have much respect for my wife and other wives who support their men who are volunter firefighters you don't know what your getting into untill you are there. I know when my pager goes off I'm out the door no matter what. and you know thats just part of it. Take care Hooter