Firefighters Get Pimples and Baggy Eyes, Too…

Listen, we’re firefighters, okay? It’s no secret that we’re a bunch of knuckleheads. We like to think of ourselves as really capable men. We take care of business. And, when we’re at the firehouse, it’s easy to feel like you’re in a frat house. It’s just that kind of atmosphere. We joke around. We play pranks on each other. We walk around in our undies. It can get pretty ridiculous. But it’s also no secret that we take care of business when business needs to be taken care of.

In short, we’re manly men. Even the women among us are a bit stubborn about how tough we are (not that women aren’t tough; really, the women are some of the toughest firefighters we’ve got). But it’s just that kind of culture.

So, you wouldn’t expect us to freak out over a pimple. And really, when you picture a firefighter in your head, you probably don’t picture him or her walking around with a zit on his forehead. But believe me, we get them! I mean, we’re wearing big sweaty masks in the field; it’s bound to happen sooner or later.

Also, some of us are old. Especially the chief. He’s a geezer! So, while the young guys worry about their pimples, the old guys and girls are busy worrying about the bags under their eyes.

But, here at the fire house, we do everything as a team, and that includes skin care. Now, I don’t mean that we sit around with cucumber masks painting our nails, but we definitely do share little secrets between ourselves and do a few things around the station to help everyone out. Here’s what we do.

For the young folks

Like I said, our young folks mostly struggle with pimples. So, we do a couple of things to help each other out. First, we eat well. No junk food in the fire house. We eat whole, clean, healthy foods, and that has a huge impact on how your skin looks (which is something I did not know).

Second, we spent a long time doing research to find the best dark spot corrector we could find. It’s just a little bottle of cream, but it helps get rid of post-breakout blemishes, which can stick around for a really long time.

Lastly, we wash all our pillow cases regularly. We’re a big fan of naps here at the station, and dirty pillow cases can cause breakouts faster than just about anything.

For the geezers

For our resident geezer, the chief, we wanted to find something to help with those baggy eyes, even though we love him just the way he is. We did a lot of research for this, too, and one of the things we found (the only thing we found that worked, really) was the Dermawand. This is an awesome little gadget that pumps radio waves into your face to tighten your skin. And it actually works. Really. After looking at a bunch of Dermawand reviews, we all chipped in and got it for his 50th birthday. He’s not pretty yet, but we’ve definitely seen some improvement.

Anyway, the point is: skin health is important, and at the fire house, we like to keep each other healthy, and we also like to help keep our community healthy. So we hope these

How the Ball Diamond Made Us a More Effective Team

As a firefighter, you are always working as part of a team. Failing to work as a team can have drastic consequences and can result in either a crew member or victim becoming severely injured or worse. For this reason, learning to work as a team is something Fire crews put a lot of resources into teamwork because all the training in the world becomes obsolete if you’re not working as a single unit.

Creating a Culture

When new recruits get hired on to a department, they undergo a training process to get them familiar with the procedures of the particular hall and department. However, creating a culture of teamwork can be more difficult and getting the crew outside of the fire hall is proven way to create this culture.

baseballBeyond the mandatory volunteer commitments outside of the hall, some departments will participate in recreational sporting leagues. This could be soccer, ice hockey, football or as my department chose softball. Softball however is a game that is individualized. When a batter is at the plate, he is by himself, there is nobody else who can swing the bat for him, or help him get on base. He is alone. However, it takes 9 guys to put up runs, and it takes 9 guys to get 3 outs every inning. And regardless of how individualized this can be, the best teams always know how to work as a team.

My Experience

I re-call my first game with the department like it was yesterday. I was up to bat and my newly appointed captain was on 2nd base. I was still getting used to the team bat but I had in my hand what was supposed to be the best softball bat available, the new DeMarini J3.  I hit the ball into left centre field and the captain rounded 3rd scoring easily. When the inning was over, all my teammates who are also my colleagues gave me a high five and I felt instantly like I was part of the team. This continued for the remainder of my first year with the department and I saw how our comradery on the field transferred into the hall as it provided us a separate theatre to get to know one another. When you are working, there is a different atmosphere and people tend to be more reserved making it difficult to truly get to know one another. On the ball diamond it’s a completely different story. Colleagues are able to bond over long home runs, quick double plays and diving catches. I am sure that our department would not be as close to each other at the fire hall if it wasn’t for the ball diamond.

Join a League

Softball leagues exists all across North America and more information about where these leagues exist can be found on the ASA website or the USSSA website.

The Firefighting Application Process

Fire-fighting is a rewarding career and even mere volunteers will tell you that they would not exchange the experience for anything else. If you are earnestly pursuing a career or job in fire-fighting then please scan through the following information.

Firefighting Application Process

The Application Process For Becoming A Firefighter

Typically, when a fire department is looking for new recruits they will advertise vacant positions on career opportunity websites and in newspapers. Some are looking for new employees every couple of years or on a yearly basis. The potential fire-fighting prospects should first, genuinely weigh their skills and qualifications against those of the firefighting job requirements before they fill out and render an application.

Application Process

The actual application process will include: an application form, a short listing of applicants as well as a physical evaluation and skills test. The first test that is ordinarily provided is an agility examination. The (CPAT) or Candidate Physical Ability Test is an effective exam that is used to assess a candidate’s physical abilities in performing job tasks related to fire-fighting. It is very physically intense and requires an applicant to use their mental and physical abilities as well as balance.

The (CPAT) includes eight events that must be completed in 10 minutes and 20 seconds. The events include: stair climbing, hose dragging, equipment carrying, ladder raising, forcible entries, searches, rescue dragging and ceiling breaches and pulling.

Next Exam – Written Segment

If you meet the specific requirements in the previous test then the next exam is for the written segment. This test will examine the candidate’s abilities to learn and execute a fire-fighter’s job. It will ascertain one’s capacity to read, comprehend and apply new content, reasoning skills, basic level mathematics, spatial and mechanical ability as well as judging how one reacts in situations. The passing score will be determined by the community or city and the candidate will be informed accordingly.

Again, if the written exam has been successfully completed then the oral panel examination may commence. Fortunately for this test, no prior knowledge of fire-fighting is essentially required. Commonly a passing score for the test is 50% or thereabouts. Any fire-fighting candidate who can pass all of these tests will then be placed onto an eligibility list that can last up to two years.

More Requirements

Most, if not all fire departments will require that you have a high school graduate or equivalent certificate, a valid State motor license and a clean driving record. A thorough criminal record search will be undertaken before any appointments are arranged. You will need to make sure you’ve done a good job constructing the perfect firefighting resume as well. The hopefuls who are chosen from the list will more than likely be interviewed by the Board of Fire Commissions or associated titles depending on one’s location.