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Old 04-01-2015, 09:51 AM   #21
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I've got almost 20 years with the local Gas & Water Dept. Started out on a sewer camera crew, dump truck driver/water ditch dog, equipment operator (loved it, wrecked my back), crew chief, and for the last five years water treatment plant operator.

I was a soldier for 9 years before that (heavy wheel mechanic, but not a great one), so getting close to 30 years of public service. Sure goes by fast.
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Old 07-01-2016, 01:02 PM   #22
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Firefighter/Emergency medical responder. I'm still considered a rookie, 2 years under my belt. But through out high school and up until 22 I was in Law enforcement explorers and Civil Air Patrol. Firefighting Law Enforcement run deep in my family so there was no decision where I would end up.
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Old 12-19-2016, 06:40 PM   #23
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Rookie here as well in the field. I have three years as a volunteer firefighter and EMS in my town. I wouldn't change it for anything.
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Old 02-11-2017, 01:50 AM   #24
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I was never a police or firefighter. I was a Marine Security Guard. I was in Sierra Leone and in Paris, France. We wore black gear, as we called it, during normal hours. We were the police. In Paris 3,000 people worked in the embassy and we had 7 buildings throughout the city and 31 Marines to deal with them--maybe 5 on duty at a time during peak hours.. The consulate was the worst. People being denied permission to visit their loved ones in the USA and American citizens having been robbed--plus US servicemen stationed in Europe and having gotten into trouble in Paris--lots of conflict. Lots of angry people. We wore police gear during the day but after hours it was back to the Marine Corps look. Either way, we carried the S&W Model 19 357 and a Remington 870. We also had Ruger AC556--which is a full-auto version of the Mini-14. We used PR24s and pepper spray, but I never used the pepper spray because cleaning people up sucks too much. If you spray them, you have to clean them up. Just hit them a few more times.

The building's fire alarm system was in our office. We had lots of alarms, but all were false. In every case it would be a Frenchman smoking where he shouldn't have been. We weren't allowed to shoot them.

In Sierra Leone the job was all different. Very different. Middle of a civil war. Child soldiers chopping people to shreds with machetes. Total horror show. It's where I met my wife back in '93 and we've been married ever since.
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Old 02-11-2017, 07:55 AM   #25
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4.5 years USAF. Cold war Europe issues.
12 years Deputy Sheriff. It sucked.
19 years Healthcare Security. Very interesting.
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Retired after 26 years as a Peace Officer in Alabama. Did 8 years as a sheriff's deputy and 18 as a police officer. Did it all: Riot Platoon, Polygraph Examiner, FTO, SWAT(member, leader, commander), Special Operations Sergeant, Firearms Instructor, RADAR Instructor, Use of Force Instructor, Patrol Sergeant, Explorer Advisor, Investigator, etc. Took early retirement after getting run over by an old man in a RANGER while on my motorcycle(off duty). Lost 18 units of blood and 16 months of my life and eventually a leg because of it. I recovered, did enough years to get my basic pension and retired out.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:52 AM   #28
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Working on my 23rd year as a Paramedic with 2 more years as a volunteer EMT before taking a full time position. Have worked for the same 911 service throughout. Did 5 years as a PRN flight paramedic on a BK117 as well. Loved the flying. Would love to call it a career and try something else but at 43 I'm not excited about starting over and really don't know what else I could do. Can't complain though it's let me raise a family and live pretty decent.
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OK...I'm necro-posting here. I did 7 years in the USN, the last 2 with NIS. Medical discharge due to a leg injury, joined the local PD immediately. Worked there just shy of 2 years when a DV call ended my desire to remain in law enforcement...husband barricaded in with wife as hostage. I roll in as first unit, open the door, first leg out the door and two 30-06 rounds hit my fender and penetrate into my engine block...back out the other side with my 9mm and riot gun, screaming for backup. Turned in my badge that night after deciding that my life was worth more than the $18k they were paying me as a patrol officer (this was in 1993).

Started my FF career while I was in the Navy, worked as a volunteer for 13 years until my daughter was about 6 months old and my wife asked me to stop fighting fires after I came home from a working structure fire with soot all over and a good portion of my hair singed (did I mention that I never put my own well-being ahead of a rescue, even if I didn't have my gear with me?)

My last 6 years with the FD overlapped with my first 6 years as an EMT, which I did for a total of 12 years. Also spent 10 years as a First Response, CPR/AED, and Industrial Response instructor for the American Red Cross.

All of this, with the exception of LE, was volunteer. During that time, I've worked as an industrial mechanic who morphed into an occupational safety specialist, which is what I still do in order to pay the bills.

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