Firefighter

Firefighter

arringnl

30 Years Experience

Goose Creek, SC

Male, 50

Firefighter/EMT since 1985. Currently operating on a 75' Quint Ladder truck. Handling all phases of Fire/EMS/Rescue for a community of 38,000 bedroom community in Charleston, SC

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Last Answer on October 03, 2017

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I am considering joining the local VFD in about 4 years when I'm 17. From your experience, between being a FF and an EMT, which one might be better suited for a teenager still in high school?
Thank you.

Asked by 123 over 3 years ago

There are departments that have explorer programs that start at your age. You can check with the Boy Scouts of America to see if there is one near you. Law Enforcement does the same. I might suggest that you check with your local community college to see if they have dual courses where you get high school and college credit for the class. This can be a signficant boost to a career if you are able to get you EMT in your senior year. Firefighting and EMS are trending to be handled by the fire department.

I accidentally spilled about 1/2 cup (maybe a bit more, but not a cup) of gasoline down the bathtub drain. Windows are open. Water running a couple hours. Is there anything else I should be doing? Everything I find online is about large spills.

Asked by Beth over 3 years ago

You are fine, just make sure to clean the tub and don't do that again. You can create health issues by exposing others to these fluids in the water system.

How long after the station alarm goes off can the truck leave the fire station? In some FDNY videos it looks like the lights go on and then like two minutes later the truck comes out.

Asked by Dse almost 4 years ago

60 secs 24/7/365

I am interested in becoming a firefighter, i am 19 years old and graduated, only thing is i had surgery on my shoulder and i was wondering if that hinders me from becoming a firefighter.

Asked by Josh Sanders over 3 years ago

Did surgery correct the issue and is their any limitations from that surgery. Majority of Departments have a physical agility test and you can look up firefighter agility test for what is involved. Smaller departments may not. But as long as there is no complications than there should be no reason to not be considered. I do recommend getting your EMT it will put you one stap ahead of others.

How often does a firefighter have the opportunity to actually rescue someone? Do most house fires not have any people trapped or most do?
Thanks!

Asked by 123 over 3 years ago

Thanks to smoke alarms the incidence of rescues aren't as common as they used to be. But as I had answered in a previous question as we arrive on scene we look at the vehicles and especially the time of the fire can identify the rescue possibilities. Many, many firefighters have go through a career and not to have to rescue one from a fire. Most saving of lives revolves around Emergency Medical calls.

How do I put in a station request? I need to change crews. Need a change. Thank you.

Asked by Jon over 3 years ago

Dependant on the size of department you would go to Human Resources at a minimum. Unfortunately you may find your self having to address the issues that create a bad environment with your command staff. Some people have had to resort to seeking employment elsewhere. This question has many answers that could be given but with little information this is the best that I can suggest.

What is the typical rank system in a career FD vs. a VFD? Are there ranks such as corporal that do not lead a unit but are still ranked? Thanks.

Asked by 123 over 3 years ago

Starting from the bottom to the top.

Firefighter- Private

Senior Firefighter-Corporal

Engineer- Sergeant- Driver Operator

Lieutenant

Captain

Division Chief

Battalion Chief

Assitant Chief

Chief

Fire Commissioner.

 

This is a standard but can be listed as a different title.