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    Step 3: Know Your Interests

    Step 3: Know Your Interests
    So you want to start a new career in the Fire and Rescue industry, but you don’t know where to begin? How do you choose between becoming a firefighter, E.M.T., paramedic, first responder or a HazMat technician? The roles of a firefighter have changed a lot over the years, and a firefighter’s job is not just to respond to a call ...
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    Step 2: Desire

    Step 2: Desire
    In this industry you have to have the will and the desire to get the job done, whatever that job may be. You may have to spend hours training with your department in new firefighting techniques and styles. You may have to fight for one more ounce of strength as you battle endless, angry flames during a call. You may have ...
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    Step 1: Learn about the Fire and Rescue Industry

    Step 1: Learn about the Fire and Rescue Industry
    So you want to start a new career in the Fire and Rescue industry, but you don’t know where to begin? The first step in becoming a volunteer firefighter is to research the industry. For several hundred years volunteer firefighters have protected their communities. Because they rely heavily on donations and neighborhood involvement, a good chunk of a volunteer firefighter’s time ...
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    Safe Running During The Hot, Dry Summer

    With the long days of summer, there are more daylight hours in which to exercise. Many people focus on running and outdoor activities. These days, though, it may be best to stay indoors and do another type of workout instead of breathing polluted air during strenuous cardio activity. In an email this week, I was asked about running during the summer, ...
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    Rappelling into Hell: Helitack Firefighters

    Rappelling into Hell: Helitack Firefighters
    Rappelling 50 to 200 feet from a helicopter into remote, rugged country near a roaring wildfire might sound like part of the plot for a Sylvester Stallone action flick. But it’s all in a day’s work now for the Santa Fe National Forest helitack crew. Helitack stands for "helicopter-delivered fire resources,"and is the system of managing and utilizing choppers and their ...
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    Can YOU take the Heat?

    Can YOU take the Heat?
    On day number one we all have it beat into our heads that the primary killer of firefighters is heart attacks. But as probies, we feel that we're invincible, at least for a while. After all, we're young and tough, years away from having to worry about our health…. Or are we? As young firefighters, our hearts may not be at ...
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    Want Probies to Learn? Just Yell at Them

    Want Probies to Learn? Just Yell at Them
    If you're in the fire service, you're going to be yelled at from time to time. I don't care how tough and talented you are, I don't care if you were the student body president or you dated the homecoming queen. The simple truth is that you will be screamed at. I admit that I haven‚t met you, but I know ...
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    Firefighters are Brothers, Not Friends

    Firefighters are Brothers, Not Friends
    Firefighters are more than simple friends. Friends go out for pizza on Friday nights. Friends come over to watch the game on your television. “Friends” also have a tendency of disappearing when times get tough. You can't fight fires with friends. To fight fires you need the brotherhood. Last week I asked my biological brother, a firefighter on the department I'm ...
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    Giddyup Probies: Getting on the Gear

    Giddyup Probies: Getting on the Gear
    If you don’t have bunker gear you don’t have anything. That’s why, as a probie, being issued a set of bunker gear was the first step in equipping me with the tools that probies want and firefighters need. Before you can learn to handle a hose, force a door, or carry a victim, you have to be able to put on ...
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    Diving into the Fire: The Life of a Smokejumper

    Diving into the Fire: The Life of a Smokejumper
    SMOKEJUMPERS Skydiving into a hot zone is sometimes the only way to access a remote area and fight a fire. It’s a dangerous job but someone has to do it before the fire spreads any further. The people who do this are called smokejumpers. Equipped with a parachute and firefighting gear, they go in and try to control the fire until ...
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    Firefighters: "Do the Right Thing"

    Firefighters: "Do the Right Thing"
    Every new recruit looks forward to their first day of training with eager anticipation. I know that for me, there were hundreds of images flying through my head. Big trucks, flashing lights, sharp axes - this was going to be way too cool for words. All the other recruits in my class were equally pumped-up, and when we sat down in ...
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    Firefighter Origins

    Firefighter Origins
    My brother is a firefighter. I used to say that a lot. Somebody would ask about my family at a social gathering, and I'd go down the list: my dad's in the travel industry, my youngest siblings are still in high school, and my brother is a firefighter. No big deal, everybody does SOMETHING with their lives, but to me my ...
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    Firefighter's Words: Haunting Memories

    Last night, I stayed up until 4 AM and then tonight as I started to log off at 4:32 AM I thought I could tell you what I remember although I can not tell you what year it was or where exactly on the street. But, it was my first memory of fire and has haunted me for all these years. ...
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    Firefighter's Words: I Wish You Could Know

    I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns. I wish you could comprehend a wife's horror at 6 in the morning as I check ...
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    Q&A Feature: Am I Too Old to Become a Firefighter?

    Q&A Feature: Am I Too Old to Become a Firefighter?
    Q: I'm 45 and just now realizing that I want to become a firefighter. Will a department even consider me because of my age? A: Everyone has an opinion of age when it comes to hiring new firefighters. Some people feel that a younger candidate has a better chance of getting hired because, after all, the fire departments are looking to ...
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    Firefighter's Words- Joining the Forest Service

    I'll just give you a short story about how I decided to become an employee of the Forest Service.....It was in the firestorms of 2003 here is southern California. It was my first year as a volunteer. I was with my partner Kathy Barnes, we had gone up to Lytle Creek where the fires at that point was raging to help ...
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    Firefighter's Words

    Here is to the past. I toast to you who are gone. Everything has changed since you left. Would you be proud of me today or ashamed? I wonder. You always expected the best from me and I have tried to do that. I always admired you and looked to you for guidance. Without you in my life I wander for ...
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    Firefighter's Words

    I mostly fight structure fires. I am a interior and exterior firefighting female. LOL. I gear up, and go in every chance I can get. A lot of people think we are crazy or nuts. We like running in a burning building while rats, and bugs, and people are running out. It’s a lot of hard work. The gear is hot, ...
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    Firefighter's Words

    My story I have is about my husband, Ted. He's a FF/Medic in St. Louis county. Clayton, MO to be exact. July 21, 2008 was the worst day of his life. At 530 a.m. he had a call for a shooting in the community that was adjacent to where he works. A man parked his truck across the street from his ...
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    Soldiers in the Fire Service

    Soldiers in the Fire Service
    Many Soldiers have had fulfilling second careers in the fire service. Whereas other industries might not be as interested in these warriors, the fire service welcomes them with open arms. They already understand the chain-of-command, know how to work together as a team, and are generally mature beyond their years. Being entrusted with multi-million dollar equipment, going in harm's way, and ...
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