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Old 10-28-2014, 07:55 PM   #43
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Great bio mr mayor...I bet the local loves your support? I was a founding member of local 2850..even as Deputy Chief we had great mutual respect and great accomplishments together.
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Old 10-31-2014, 06:04 AM   #46
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I know there are more retired firefighters out there on the road in RVs. I meet a couple at Rvacation in NC a few months ago that were retired from Chicago FD. Will get me wife to dig out their info. Anyone in this group heading south for the winter?????
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Retired vol. Captain from Saulston VFD Wayne County N.C. also was a Commander of a shift fire brigade while working 32 yrs. at a Dupont plant in Kinston, N.C.. Presently waiting for wife to retire from BB&T Wilson, N.C. Then off we go!
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Welcome to all our new members. Glad to meet you and welcome you to our group.
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Mission Tx for the winter next month. Did Florida last year.
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I know there are more retired firefighters out there on the road in RVs. I meet a couple at Rvacation in NC a few months ago that were retired from Chicago FD. Will get me wife to dig out their info. Anyone in this group heading south for the winter?????
Hello, Roy and Bonnie.

We usually head to the Tucson area between January and April, have a few things we have to get done first at our place. We will keep you posted, where do you folks head to?

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As this is our first winter full timing we are not going to the south of Fla. We are going to Florida Grande which is in Webster Fla. Spending the month of Nov in Myrtle Beach loaded up with Dr. visits.
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Ok, here goes. I think I joined the group, but not sure.
I got my first taste of fire as aircraft crash firefighter/pilot rescue while in the navy and LOVED IT!! Did some time on USS Coral Sea CVA 43 aircraft carrier. Which was even more fun! Met the DW in California. Got out of the navy, worked around for a while, ended up in the Texas panhandle. A friend recruited me on the volunteer dept while I worked for a natural gas pipeline company. At some point in the next 5yrs. I discovered they would PAY you to be a firefighter! The most fun job in the world AND get paid? Where do I sign up? Left a really good paying job, moved to Mesa, AZ. and started taking entrance exams. Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Yuma where a guy from Prescott told me about Farmington, NM. Drove back to Mesa, called Farmington, the personnel director filled out my app. Drove to Farmington the next week, took the entrance test's. That was Nov. 1977. May 1978, started with FFD. 21 years later, retired. Worked with Bill , chief02, most of those years. Had a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but wouldn't take anything for the experience. And Bill and I and a lot of other guys survived the world's worst chief!!
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Am I the only one that was so thrilled beyond imagination to be a fire fighter that you remember your first shifts on the job, like it was yesterday?
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My first shift included green chille and tortillas at lunch. And being from New Jersey I had never seen in my life! Yes remember it like yesterday. Boy was this yankee teased.
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My second day on the job was the Thriftway refinery fire. We loaded all the foam concentrate into Clyde's pickup and I was told to take it to the refinery in Aztec. Problem was I didn't have any idea where Aztec was!! So, I drove toward the header. Ahhhh.....those were the days.
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Am I the only one that was so thrilled beyond imagination to be a fire fighter that you remember your first shifts on the job, like it was yesterday?
The hazing that went on during my first shift would have cost several folks their jobs today! But I would not change a single second of it, either.

We caught a working fire on my first shift (won the plug pool!). We were using 5" LDH and would take a supply line in with us, so I was waiting for the engine to stop, running the procedure thru my head as I could see the smoke plume ahead. Suddenly, the Driver-Engineer jammed on the brakes, came to an abrupt stop, so I bailed off the side seat and grabbed the plug. We continued up the road (Oak Lawn blvd on the north side of the downtown area in Dallas) when suddenly we stopped again. The Captain was screaming at the top of his lungs at me, it appears the Driver-Engineer had only braked for a car that had stopped in front of us, and I took a hydrant a mile before the fire! I had to disconnect the line and leave it against the curb. I did finally take the correct plug, but NEVER lived that down.

So do I miss it? I still remember the way the vinyl chairs used to stick to your skin on a hot, humid summer day in the TV room, the smell of diesel fumes in the bay, and the sound of the Federal-Q wind-up siren blowing your ear drums out as the wind blew tears into your eyes riding to the next alarm. Yeah, I miss it. Never was a job to me, simply getting paid to do what I loved. Anybody else?

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