Absolutely, but some of that is me learning over the years to be content. Things are pretty much the same wherever you go, especially since "you" are the main ingredient in all of your experiences. So after wandering alot, always wondering if the grass was greener somewhere else. Finally realized I needed to contribute where I was and invest in where I was, then I could be content. It paid off.
As in everything there are pro's and con's, and sometimes I miss the big department feel. I started at Orange Co. Fire Authority (back when it was OCFD). But I do not regret coming up to Alaska and I work for a department that I really respect.
I work at University Fire in Fairbanks, Alaska. We're the Western half of the town, including the hills and South of town along the Tanana River. We are based on the University of Alaska campus, but have a house down in the off campus response area as well. So, two station department, staffed by 10 officers, and roughly 40 firefighters.
Not bad, working today we assisted with incoming honor flights at the Airport. Trucks were checked, we sat down for briefing, completed EMS training, the Tower transferred on mutual aid call, and the Wagon is about to head out and conduct fire surveys / inspections. Life is good Thank You very much, how are things on your end?
things are good thanx. ski season is starting which brings higher call volume for the next several months. lots of folks from sea level do not understand what high altitude does to the body. then add alcohol, not sleeping and not eating well. that often adds up to a visit from me and a more expensive vacation than planned. fun for us though. we always welcome firefighters to come visit us. even get some turns in at the resort. peace
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