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Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Powers Jul 22, 2010. 8 Replies

Hi Guys, I have just been accepted into my local VFD and I am very excited to start my training in a couple of weeks. I was just hoping I could get some feedback from other volunteer fiefighters as…Continue


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Damo replied to Tom's discussion minitor 4 not picking up radio traffic
"Some of the monitor Vs in our dept did the same thing. The frequency was off by 0.2Mhz and the all call freq was in the in the wrong box. So who ever you have programming your pagers needs to tweak it for you."
May 8, 2012
Damo replied to Just Plain Craig Moyer's discussion Mulch and hay fires the best way to fight them
"The only hay fire I have fought was a trailer load inside a sealed building. The first crew made entry and ventilated and started spraying it down. Once the LEL was low enough we went in and just pulled it apart spraying hot spots as we went. I…"
Apr 10, 2012
Russell McLean and Damo are now friends
Mar 25, 2012
Damo replied to Brandon Williams's discussion Tattoos and becoming a firefighter
"The FD I volunteer with doesn't mind tats, but the EMS services in my area do. They can be covered with a long sleeve under shirt though. I don't see it as an issue in the FD, unless the tats are derogatory in any way. How do you become a…"
Dec 29, 2011
Damo replied to Trey Ford's discussion Building a Search and Rescue maze - what should we include?
"The maze we have encompasses a one story house with an attic. Also, the walls can be moved so the maze is never set up the same way. The two major items we have, is a ball pit like you find at chucky cheese, which is accessed from a spring loaded…"
Dec 28, 2011
Damo replied to Kent Calhoun's discussion Volunteer firefighter are not real???!
"I can forgive the public when they say something like that. But, when it is one of our own I have a huge issue. One of our new recruits mentioned that it was nice to have a class taught by a real fire fighter. The guy is career and also volunteers…"
Nov 1, 2011
Damo replied to Mongo's discussion Looking for different training ideas.
"The best training class I was part of was a full on mayday drill. This was setup in one of our bays with no extra equipment apart from what we normally use. We bunkered up exactly how we would go internal. A course was setup with the hose…"
Oct 13, 2011
Damo replied to Lisa Fish's discussion How to get Firefighter fit?
"Cardio is very important, so jogging/running is a necessity. I used the couch to 5k program with great success. It allows you to build stamina and lose weight. It starts off very light and by the end of the nine weeks, you should be able to run a 5k…"
Oct 5, 2011
Damo replied to Ross Kalina's discussion Medic School Interview
"I think those kinds of questions are becoming more prevalent in interviews. I have heard people being asked similar questions outside of the medic world. It is a test on how fast you can think and not necessaryly have a correct answer."
Sep 20, 2011
Damo replied to FFN WebTeam's discussion Retired Oklahoma Firefighter Killed; Shot After Intruding into Police Officer's Home
"I lived in the UK for almost 30 years and I have travelled extensively around the world. I have never felt safer any where in the world as I do living in the US. Yes, you might have a higher chance of getting shot here, only because of the amount of…"
Apr 25, 2011
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Mar 22, 2011
Damo replied to Marty Hrinko's discussion Choose Your Words Carefully
"Light smoke - is our big thing right now. There must be more description to go with that, as it could mean, weight or color. More info the better for sure."
Mar 21, 2011
Damo replied to John McVey's discussion Interview Advice
"I don't know anything about interviewing for an EMT position but I do know about job interviews in other work. There is some good advise there already, my personal list is; always arrive early, clean shaven, hair cut, either a suit and tie or…"
Mar 18, 2011
Damo replied to ashfire's discussion Are We Prepared?
"We had over a weeks notice to prepare for the hurricane that hit New Orleans, and looked what happened there. So, what chance does California have, if like Japan they are given nine minutes."
Mar 14, 2011
Damo replied to Paul Acosta's discussion Nicknames
"We have twinkle toes after one of my fellow rookies opened a hose way too fast and went for a fly. New guy we call Frenchie after a convoluted story to do with his pink Stethoscope. Another one Radio as he put another stations truck en route instead…"
Mar 11, 2011
Damo commented on Joseph Monroe's blog post Rubber-Necks we all deal with them
"I am almost rear ended a person trying to take pictures of a MVI. So, I laid on the horn and they made gestures and waved their phone at me, as if I should have known they were allowed to take pictures."
Mar 4, 2011

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At 1:40pm on July 22, 2010, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Damian, Welcome to the Firefighter Nation. I am glad you joined the group.There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Have fun and look around.

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At 12:08pm on July 22, 2010, Firewriter said…
Hi Damian, welcome to the Nation!

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