The video below is a little bit old, but I had never seen it before. it comes to us from the Stafford County Department of Fire Rescue in Stafford County Va.
While I am sure you can pick apart little things in the video to discuss the main reason this video is important to me is two-fold.
1. Stafford County is where I started as a career firefighter. I was hired in Stafford as a Fire Rescue Technician in 2002 at the ripe old age of 20 years old. I served there for 2 years prior to getting hired by my current department. During that time I spent a significant amount of time at Station 1 (Falmouth), Station 10 (Potomac Hills), and Rescue Station 1 which has now been merged with Fire Station 2.
2. My Dad works there. My Dad or as I call him “The Mole” came to work for Stafford a short time after I did. He worked in a telecommunications plant as a Layout operator and Asst. Chief of the Fire Brigade, as well as serving the Mechanicsville Vol. Fire Dept. as a company officer (which he still does today). When the plant closed he was looking for a job and though he was to old to get hired anywhere. I convinced him to apply and low and behold he got hired! Now he serves Stafford as a Sergeant filling in as a company officer when Lieutenants are off.
So as you can see this video has got a lot of nostalgia for me as I know a lot of the people in it. In fact you can even get a close up of “The Mole” at about the 1:15 sec mark. Check out that mustache!! If that doesn’t say salty dog I do not know what DOES!
Anyway it is important to remember where you came from and the lessons you learned along the way. I learned a lot of good things working for SCFR, and it forced me to become more well-rounded, as prior to getting hired I was a EMT in title only. I also saw and heard a completely different language, and way fo doing things. I was baffled at how different it was up there from how it was at home even though home was only an hour away.
Like I said do not forget were you came from we were all rookies once, and working our first job, I am just lucky in Stafford I had guys/Girls like Matt Warren, Julie Belien, Tracy Reed, Geoff Langford, and Dean Thompson (sorry if I am leaving someone out) to show me the ropes.
So where did you get your start? Who were some of your first fire service mentors? Let us know in the comments section.
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!