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That may not sound like a lot of time to some people, but to the families of firefighters it seems like a lot. Besides the time they give to the department and trainings they also have to make up the hours that they miss at work for a call. After all, the bills still have to be paid. My husband missed 7 hours of work yesterday for a call. He went to work for an hour between the call and the board meeting. We were at the meeting until 10:00 pm. I went home. He went back to work to do what needed to be done. It happens all the time. It’s the life of a firefighter’s wife. There are 30 other spouses, all with similar stories.
I can not answer anyone’s questions on behalf of anyone but myself, but I’m willing to answer any that you might have. I for one pay my taxes to the fire district. I voted for the mill levy increase. I support the training facility and all of the firefighters that will train in it. I will be glad for even 1 more hour of time spent with my husband because of it, and I will be grateful for the training that he will receive there that may someday save his life.
I have lived in this town for 23 years. My husband has been a firefighter in this town for the last 10 years. He also has volunteered the last 5 years with Evans Fire Department. During his 10 year tenure in Craig we have seen 3 chiefs, a continual cycle of officers, people retiring or moving, and rookies joining the ranks all as the ongoing part of life that is the fire department.
When I moved to this town the firefighters were summoned by a loud siren that sounded like a tornado warning. That has since progressed into a pager system. The station has seen a few additions and improvements along the way. The firefighters have evolved into true professionals, each one meeting certain requirements to ensure that they are doing the best job that they can as safely as they can. The gear, tools and trucks have been updated to allow this as well. Change it seems; is as inevitable as death and taxes.
I have my own opinion on this training tower, and you are all entitled to your own. I’m not going to try to change yours. What I am going to do is give you my own perspective. Not of the firefighters, or the board. Not the Taxpayers, or the newspapers; but that of the firefighter’s wife.
I have not seen my husband on a Thursday night in 10 years. Everything in our lives has been planned around the department since he joined. But even planning around scheduled events is not enough. Holidays are not exempt from the pager, neither are weekends, evenings, 3:00 in the morning, dance recitals, children’s birthdays, school events, lunches, dinners and trips to the grocery store, This is not just my husband. They are all that way. They don’t make the decision to go on these calls. They just go.
Besides meetings and calls they also go to trainings. Extrication, flashovers, ice rescue, rope rescue, confined space, and Haz Mat just to name a few. On top of that, many of them are also EMT’s as well. They attend all of these classes along with the required 36 hours of training. They average over 100 hours of training a year. All of this accomplished while also working at least 1 full time job.
Step up or shut up!
Who's going to do the job if they all quit? YOU?????
Well said Doug! I am behind the fire department 100%. I want them to be as trained as possible to do their job as safe as possible in the event of my emergency. These guys and gals already spend too much time away from their families. Anything to help them better themselves without having to travel across the state or farther is great. I can not believe how much this community complains about anything to improve this town. If I was looking to relocate here and I was reading all of this nonsense I'd be leary to move to a town that doesn't support it's own community.
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