I've been swamped with stuff to do lately and haven't been as prompt on the community as I normally am. Go ahead and send me his info, it would be good to see what there doing down there.
Most university departments have dried up or been absorbed. The only reason we haven't is our location and the fact that we are responsible for a county area containing a good 20 - 22,000 people. So when we have student shortages,...it hurts.
Durn!! your picture makes you look like your constipated on Macaroni or else you are contemplating matrimony!!!! It's good to be back on the fringe of things and Iwill be paying you a visit at 5's once you tell me what shift you have been moved to.
Brother: UFD was never intended to become what it has. Our students earn a full time wage as firefighter's and can stay in the dept. as long as they are earning a 2.0 and taking at least 6.0 credits. With an entire half of town to tend to, turnover can be a serious issue for us. The rewards are awesome though, as we and the students contribute together in providing our state with the leadership needed for the future. Alaska is one big small town, we have fewer people than a L.A. suburb, but there's enough action to provide these guys great on the job training. Problem is the area is growing and our budget isn't. We need things like permanent drivers and a mid level company officers.
Things are as hectic as ever here in Jersey. Lot's of small fires, but nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary. No complaints. Just trying to stay a float and keep the brothers focused through another hot summer. Stay Safe,
Ben, thanks for the kind words but I learn everyday how little I really know. This is the greatest job in the world because it takes all of us together to be great. No one is a superstar in this bussiness and those who think they are are nuts. Are you coming to the FOOLS convention?
I'm keeping my eye on you brother! What's this "Go Team Piss Brick" stuff about. Half of team piss brick isn't even showing their faces at the 3rd Annual FOOLS Grand Prix at the FOOLS convention.
The Puget Sound FOOLS drive dirty, fast, and illegal if need be. We shall repeat our victory.
I'm watchin' ya brother!
Many things are the same, and true, there is much that is unique. We are more comfortable fighting fire in the winter than in summer. We are not accostomed to thinking about keeping cool and are sometimes overwhelmed by hot days. Having begun my career in South. Ca., I wonder how I ever survived in 100 deg. + weather. I think our biggest challenge is that we are basically without any code enforcement when it comes to the majority of our response area and the same for the vollies near us. There is one fire marshal's deputy for the entire northern half of Alaska. I'd actually like to pursue getting another category of building construction introduced to the firefighting population. We call it Class 6. We haven't got a name yet, maybe "mulitple type" construction or "unidentified" would work.
Well thanks. Maybe we can recruit some more members with the group page.
That is the definition of northern sarcasm.. actually its the art of saying something with a smile and having someone not know if your serious or if your kidding. Can be described as hardheadedness. Actually the hardheadedness is more of skin thickener expertise ahhaah
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