I was a Firefighters daughter/ helper!
May 24, 2007 11:53pm CST
None of you would know that I was brought up in a firefighters family. I think my Father joined the firebrigade not long after I was born. We lived in an industrial city in the north with a population of around 13,000 at the time. The firebrigade there, although considered a metropolitan fire service, was voluntary. Most firebrigades that are run by volunteers are country fire services. My Father was in the Firebrigade for 28 years. For 10 of those years he was the Officer in Charge. When I was in primary school, the only way fireman could be contacted to say there was a fire to urgently attend, was to have sirens put up in various locations around the town. They were very loud, so it was hoped that the firemen were in a job where they could hear the fire siren. The town dogs heard it too. Everytime the siren went off, most of the dogs would start off their howling!In our home, we had a large, loud, bell system. This would alert us at night if there was a fire. Of course, we would all wake up, not jut my father. When my Father became officer -in charge, the fire phone was put in our house. So, at all hours of the day & night, I would hear the fire phone ring. I could often tell by my Fathers tone how urgent the fire was. When a fire call was received at our house, a handle could be turned so that all the other firemen would be alerted by the bells & sirens. In my teenage years, My Father taught me how to answer fire calls & alert the Firebrigade to a fire. This would enable my parents to go out occssionally, to meetings or to socialise. So I took firecalls for a number of years. I can tell you it was quite exciting. If there is enough interest in this, I will do a further report in a few days on what happened when I took firecalls.
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25 May 07
Wow, that is interesting. I've known families of both fireman and policeman but never actually thought of how the family members are involved or effected other than concern for the safety of their loved one. I would be interested in hearing more about your experience - it seems it would be stressful for a teenager taking such important and possibly disasterous phone calls.
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28 May 07
I too am a fireman's daughter.My dad became a fireman after leaving the military for I believe 7 or 8 years before he had to leave for health reasons. We also had to put up with those loud sirens all over town. I was so grateful when they got rid of them ,lol.I would love to hear more on the fire calls you took.
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28 Sep 07
We have a daughter who is a firefighter/paramedic. Although I am extremely proud of her, I do worry when she's on duty. When she first became a paramedic, in a bad part of town, had trouble sleeping. She worked the night shift. The calls she responded to were sometimes of a dangerous nature even though the police entered the situation first. There are females in this male dominated field more and more and they have to pass the same tests as the males so the ladies are out there doing the same tasks as the males. It's not an easy job! Do we appreciate their hard work? Why certainly we do. During the holidays many people are just so kind to bake or bring by meals to the firefighters who are on duty during the holidays. I can tell you firsthand the medics/firefighters sure appreciate it too. Thank you to all who have help support these hard working people when they can't be at home for the holidays. Did you live in a small town, jenny? Never heard of someone answering a fire call but never really thought about fire marshalls and their families. Guess those calls have to come to a private residence.