gitrdonecoal wrote:[quote="beemerboy"]I've been an active member of a volunteer fire department for 34 years. I'm fire police (you know, the guy that stands in the middle of the interstate directing traffic away from the accident scene all the while hoping that I won't hit some by moron). And for the last five or so years the Technology Officer.
I run into burning buildings and i think your job is a lot more dangerous
No argument there. These guys (and gals) can take a beating out there. They stand out in the hottest and coldest weather doing their job. People driving by and ignoring them, yelling at them, flipping them the bird just because it's an inconvenience to slow down or take a one block detour. I have a lot of respect for them and would like to thank them for a job well done. I know we pick on our fire police at times but we really do appreciate and need them.
Thanks for your kind remarks.
In the "early days" when I first became fire police the guys in the department (30 years ago there were no gals) would tease me, in a good way, and it took me a few years to train them to follow my directions. Many times the fire police are a fair distance from the fire or accident scene and, as typical, out of sight out of mind.
Before we had radios, when the calls were over I was left behind on the "far side" of the scene wondering what was going on until a passerby coming from that direction told me the road was clear. After I made a rather large stink they made sure I was told the scene was clear.