Old 01-22-2005, 09:55 PM
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Default Whats your job??

When at the scene of an MVA ...What is the job that you most prefer to do?? I know it sounds kind of weird, but I always feel that I need to be right on the front line dealing with the people involved in the accident. Maybe I will have a change of mind someday, I don't know, I hope not. I know we have guys on the dept that far prefer to do traffic control, or running for tools. To each there own...every job is equally as important. Whats your preference?? Do your dept's have specific people for specific jobs?? this is hard to do on a Volly dept. as you are never quite sure who's showing up!

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Old 01-24-2005, 07:38 AM
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We are also a volly dept. Therefore, we have to have all the training from first aid to extrication. There are also some members who would not like to be the middle of things but, do other jobs instead.
No one has a specific job until assigned by the officer in charge.
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Old 01-26-2005, 08:39 AM
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I really like sitting in the Rescue, drinking coffee and watching the boys work. Sure beats standing out there in plus or minus 30 temps.

Just kidding. The job I prefer is working with the jaws/rams. There's a real feeling of accomplishment in watching that metal just peel away. There are some real challenges that demand thinking outside the box.
This is of course only my opinion. But then again, what else matters? It is not necessarily the opinion or policy of the department I belong to or the community I live in.

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Old 01-28-2005, 07:08 AM
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The task that i'am asked to do.... but if i had a choice, operating the hand hydraulics, or suppresion.......

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Old 01-28-2005, 08:08 PM
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On volley depts, the job you get depends on when you arrive on scene. First in are medical and jaws and then traffic if no police. All are trained to do any function, but in answer to your question most would prefer to be directly aiding victims. BCFIRE
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Old 06-19-2005, 01:52 PM
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I lead my auto ex team.....as a newer officer its hard to let other people do the work, I'm a hands-on kinda guy like most of us.....but without someone in control of the chaos it just makes a difficult task that much more tedious.
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Old 06-19-2005, 06:46 PM
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I've only been on a couple of MVA's, so I don't have a ton of experience yet to lend an effective hand, but those that I have been on, I like talking to the victims the best - Letting em know that the guys working on the scene are the best in the world for their situation and that everything's going to be okay in short order.

Did a chimney fire call once where I was kinda superfluous (massive response due to their being a mutual aid meeting that night), so I ended up talking to the mother and kids waiting in the car while everyone else worked the house and chimney: Kids went from panicked and crying to laughing and asking a million questions about the guys and equipment on scene (and there ended up being little damage to the home at all - best ending
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Old 06-19-2005, 07:17 PM
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I enjoy Pt. Care, enjoy hands on cutting/bending/breaking - but I also make an awsome gopher....hell I could do whatever and still be walkign away feeling ok about my performance.

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Old 06-20-2005, 10:09 AM
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I'm a bit of an extrication specialist (self proclaimed of course!). I usually go were the IC tells me to, which is usually either on the tools doing the extrication or getting into the vehicle as the interior responder.

On the Auto Ex Team, my job was lead firefighter: In charge of completing the inner circle and cribbing of the target vehicle (with the PT in it) along with running the tools during the actual extrication and finally, backing up the team medic during patient removal.

I know some department's have dedicated jobs for various people on their rescue, but like everyone else, being a rural volunteer department you can never be sure what guys you are going to have what kind of manpower is going to available.
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