We train endlessly in fake buildings in conditions that simulate fires until it's almost second nature (like tying your shoe), but nothing can truly prepare you for the first time you run into an actual burning house. You're surrounded by crackling and popping, the bang of lightbulbs exploding, the hiss of steam, and suffocating heat, which gets so bad that sometimes our sweat evaporates and burns us. In movies there are always pretty, bright flames that help the hero see where they're going. We have to navigate by touch, but we wear heavy gloves so it's hard to tell what we're feeling.We're the ones who get called out when a guy has managed to trap his dick in an unwise place, like a vacuum cleaner nozzle.I was just 12 years old and an old storage heater in our cottage in West Wales had set alight.
At least a guy with his dick trapped in a toaster or a cat up a tree genuinely needs our help.
Sometimes he would go in for overtime thinking that it would be two hours and he would get stuck and miss whatever event that we had planned. Sometimes you have to cancel them, or you just have to buck up and do it all by yourself. This keeps me from being angry and resentful when he isn't helping out more or not doing his honey-do list. It isn't fair to the wonderful, hardworking, firefighers who are admirable and trustworthy.
It used to frequently make me want to cry, but there is no use in fighting it. It is my husband's way of providing for his family. Also, this opens the conversation to let him know that I'm listening if he does need to talk about a bad call. Due to the large number of negative comments I have been receiving on this blog about firefighters, I feel I need to remind readers that this is supposed to be a place of ENCOURAGMENT, not a place to bash husbands or firefighters in general. Yes, firefighters cheat but so do many other people in many other professions. If you are having a hard time trusting your firefighter, please go see a professional counselor to see if you can work through those issues and give you wisdom of what to do in your unique situation.
10 Things to Know Before Dating the Female Paramedic A couple weeks ago I was catching up with a dear friend and fellow paramedic.Â As most girl-girl conversations go, we quickly got on to relationships as she was filling me in on the newest love in her life.Â Living in a smaller town can wreak havoc on the single person in the dating scene.Â The one degree of separation in a small town narrows when you live in the EMS/Fire/LE world, not to mention the rumor mill is more efficient than any social media.
We discussed how difficult it can be dating in the EMS/Fire world.Â An outsider would think, â€˜Hey, youâ€™re around all of these hot guys all the time, it must be easy to find someone.â€Â Well, the answer is yes and no.
Fires happen, overtime comes, and medical calls never cease. He was trying to come to grips with it in his mind. He isn't going to waste his breath telling me about the heavy lady that fell for the 3rd time that day that called to have them pick her up and put her back in bed, or the stupid fire alarms that go off automatically at in the morning.