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Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
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Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much??? I have been wondering this from the day I started. I never thought is was as bad until we had lager 100,000 sq commercial fire. We where on seen with…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karl Grath Feb 7.

 

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Garrett Peterson replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"Hello Brian,   I found this blog while studying the Firefighter profession.  I am seeking to become a Firefighter, and have not even been to an academy yet.  I apologize in advance if this forum is only for current…"
Dec 19, 2012
Gary Schlotterbeck replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"When I started out in 1966 as a volunteer in a combination department we were asked to take the University of Maryland Basic and Advanced firefighting courses (now Firefighter 1 and 2), but not required to; but most did take those courses. I…"
Aug 25, 2011
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Aug 25, 2011
Kelly Wingert replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"Thats what I kinda thought you meant. You are 110% correct."
Aug 24, 2011
Kelly Wingert replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"I agree with a lot of what you said but you can't hold your standards lower for volunteers just because you want people on the truck. Like you said, the fire doesn't care if you are paid or volunteer, you still have to know how to handle…"
Aug 24, 2011
Michael Bricault (ret) replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"-Trevor I understand what you're saying about training requirements, time constraints and membership recruitment and retention. But, these constraints do not alleviate the need for training standards needing to be raised in the volunteer…"
Aug 24, 2011
Jason Petalas replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"Thanks everyone for the positive words, I see where some people come from I know there are a lot of vol dept out there that have nothing for traning and should not even pick up a nozzle will as even fight a fire. I know my guys fight hard and we…"
Aug 24, 2011
Brian Jones replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"Mike-  Thats what I thought.  Im in NY, and I know that the career people here go to a 200-300 hour academy where they get Firefighter I & II, Haz-Mat Ops, safety & survival ect.  In the county I am in we do the outreach…"
Aug 24, 2011
Kelly Wingert replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"Brian, the number of hours required to be a firefighter vary state by state. Here in Missouri you can be firefighter 1&2 in 160 hours. Some departments don't have any qualifications before they put you on. "
Aug 23, 2011
Michael Bricault (ret) replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"-Brian, when I went through the fire academy basic training almost 20 tears ago, the academy course of basic training was 648 hours. A newly hired firefighter graduated the academy with Firefighter I&II, Haz Mat Level II, and numerous other…"
Aug 23, 2011
Brian Jones replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"In response to your one line about having the same certs and fight the same fire...I hate to admit it but we do not have the same certs as our paid brothers/sisters.  I have been a volunteer for 22 years and serve as Captain, I am a level II…"
Aug 23, 2011
Glen Moore replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"I couldn't have said it better myself.  Remember the old adage "One bad apple spoils the whole bunch"?  There's a good chance that's what has happened here, just like Kelly suggested.  The big thing you and…"
Aug 22, 2011
Kelly Wingert replied to Jason Petalas's discussion Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???
"Here's why SOME volunteer firefighters are hated; because of the knuckleheads who don't take it seriously and make a**** out of themselves. That's why. I would hazard a guess and say some idiot wanna be volunteer did something really…"
Aug 22, 2011
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Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much???

Why are Volunteer firefighters hated so much??? I have been wondering this from the day I started. I never thought is was as bad until we had lager 100,000 sq commercial fire. We where on seen with in 5 min and when I pulled on scene the building was already burning from one side to the next. We had 6 towns helping us. We never sent anyone in because the building was empty and we knew the building was not safe. When the fire hit the papers the bad mouthing started online. Call us scabs and it…See More
Aug 20, 2011

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Lowell Fire Dept
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Volunteer fire department
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