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Oh, the things children repeat!

Like many of you, my child grew up in the firehouse - and this is something that I hope she says with a tremendous amount of pride. The station has been her refuge, playhouse, babysitter, and many times, her entertainment. All too often my daughter hung out in the back room watching TV while we gathered to discuss training, debrief from an incident, or just shoot the bull. Unfortunately, guys being guys, the language and jokes were not always "kid friendly" - all to her mother's horror, I'm sure! We whimsically explained it away as "firehouse talk" and it was NEVER to be repeated - and then prayed she bought it:)


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Comment by Paul Combs on September 26, 2011 at 8:40am
Thanks, Capt!!
Comment by Bill "Grits" MacGregor on September 26, 2011 at 8:37am


Your awesome, that is exactly what I have gone through with my three kids. Keep up the great job your doing representing the fire service with your gift.

Comment by Paul Combs on September 23, 2011 at 4:32pm
That's awesome, Chief!! I'm still holding out hope the my daughter will follow me into the "Brotherhood." She has "it", she just doesn't know it yet:) Hopefully someday...
Comment by Mike France on September 22, 2011 at 12:04pm
My youngest during a visit to her class , She will be the one to follow in Dad's footsteps , But she will tell Mom what goes on when she goes with to the House .
Comment by Gary Schlotterbeck on September 21, 2011 at 12:21pm
Ahhh, to be the father of an adolescent daughter; around the firehouse. When I remarried my then wife had an eleven year old daughter that became my shadow. As a volunteer with a heavy workload at my job I didn't get to respond as often as would have liked to. However one day when I had a four day weekend she rode along with me when we responded to a "routine" structure fire. It turned to be an amateur porn studio where the lighting overloaded the electrical circuits. To say that some of the comments from the other firefighters was a bit adult in nature is an understatement. That was well over twenty five years ago...she is now a high ranking Officer in the United States Air Force...where I'm sure some of the most embarrassing firehouse language would sound like a training session for alter boys in comparison to what she now hears.
Comment by Rich Bartlett on September 21, 2011 at 10:09am
Paul, when my boys were young they always wanted to go to the firehouse. It's not a bad place for kids to be especially in the volunteer service it's an extension of ones family. My one son is an paid EMT and the other is a volunteer FF.
Comment by John K. Murphy on September 21, 2011 at 9:49am

Paul - I had two daughters growing up in firehouses. They always said, "the firemen said don't tell the Chief that you heard those words here" then the girls would laugh like crazy and repeat the word. The next day, I would just "look" at the firefighters and they would all say "what?". I would say that Erin brought home a new word yesterday and in unison they would say, "she didn't hear that from us". Of course the firefighter had a hard time keeping a straight face. All in all a great influence on my kids and they are always telling the stories of the firehouse.


This is a great illustration. Thanks 

Comment by Paul Combs on September 20, 2011 at 2:29pm
She's not planning on following in my footsteps - but I hope she understands that this will always be her extended family:)
Comment by Ron Ayotte on September 20, 2011 at 2:24pm
Three of our firefighters had daughters who grew up in the firehouse and became firefighters themselves.
Comment by Paul Combs on September 20, 2011 at 2:02pm

LOL! My baby is 17 now and is the Dept's photographer, so she still hears this stuff. I cringe every time the guys get going, even though she most likely hears much worse in H.S! But I can be just as bad as the rest - so unfortunately she's use to it:)

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