You Know You're A
You refer to a car fire as a car-beque.
You think Backdraft is a comedy wish every fire I was on had no smoke!!
Every vehicle in your familys fleet have the little fire helmet sticker on them
When you get pissed watching other cars ignore an apparatus going code 3\
When your 4 or 6-days are always spent at the river
youve ever made a campfire and told everyone, Trust me, I work with fire everyday; Ill get it to light
refer to "stupid people"... (aka...possible unfortunate victims) as "Job Security"!
hear about a fire on the news and no matter how far away it is you hope that the department working the fire calls your department
to come and help out.
you drive down a major highway and you can recite what type (make and model) of car hit what tree.
you leave your house to drive 30 minutes to another town just because they have a working fire just so you can say, "Yeah,
I was there."
get upset when your pager doesn't go off when your spouse is making you do something you don't want to do.
your in-laws are over and you fake a call to get out of the house.
know you're a female VFF when you don't worry about your butt looking too big in your bunker pants!
is over at home and you break out the playing cards for dishes.
girlfriend/wife plays the TONES just to get your attention!!
are constantly looking for a switch to speed up your dash light on your P.O.V. when it never really slowed down.
so into work that shift, that when it's time to go home, you forgot to take off your radio, and get in trouble the
leave your spouse with a full cart of groceries, in the checkout line of the grocery store to go to a structure fire. (Oops!)
kids are afraid to get in a water gun fight with you!
have ever run out of the diner across from the station when the tones go off without paying.... Yelling back to them, "Ill
be right back!!"
complain about all the calls you are getting but secretly wish there were more!
would rather be packing up then driving, till you get to the scene and notice the fire could be put out by your 4 year old.
you use... "Honey I'm on call," instead of "Not tonight, I have a headache."
know your a female VFF when you wear sports bras ALL THE TIME.
If you have ever not been able to sleep because you have a feeling that "big one" will occur tonight!
buy the station wagon/minivan/SUV just so that you have enough room in your car for all your gear.
children own their own "real" bunkergear and think it is their right to go with you to a call (our son actually gets mad if
one of us leaves and doesn't give him enough time to gear up and go along!)!
spend a great deal of time explaining to your friends what it means to be a volunteer- "Yes, I'm ALWAYS on duty. No, I'm not
You've ever purchased a full set of mirrors for your blue light so that it MIGHT trip the opticom!
You can hear that the siren will go off even before your dog does.
microwave goes off and you're already out of the house thinking it was your pager... when you realize the popcorn is done.
have ever stomped out a fire with your boots because you couldn't wait for water.
wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend has learned to duck and take cover when they hear the pager go off for fear of being
have ever gotten jammed in the doorway with your spouse as you both respond to the pager call.
had to extricate someone by cutting the car doors off on one side and realized there was nothing wrong with the doors on the
have more toy fire trucks than your kids do.
take great joy in smashing the windows of a car parked in a fire zone or in front of a hydrant.
can tell what type of fire it is by the smell of smoke 10 miles away.
You have ever had a heated debate over the color of firetrucks.
lay out your clothes from that day so if there is a call at night you can find them quickly.
carry enough in your car to extinguish a minor blaze.
take pride in the fact that you haven't washed your gear in years.
the shirts you own say you are a firefighter.
smell of a fire excites you more than sex does.
have ever been airborne without an aircraft and water was your thrust.
great stop has nothing to do with a moving vehicle.
wife or husband voluntarily chooses the lumpy side of the bed to avoid being trampled enroute to a call!
always wear red suspenders.
your friends give you t-shirts from their departments for your birthday, Christmas, anniversary, etc.
have ever called a person found after a fire a "crispy critter".
are in the 'middle of something' with your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend and the pager goes off for a call. (Whew!)
carry a ton of specially modified tools in your pocket (including D sized batteries).
ever cursed out someone for Armor-Alling the seats to make them look nice.
have ever played jingle bells at Xmas time on the air horns to clear traffic.
have ever said, "she's hot tonight" and NOT been talking about a girl.
have ever smoked and there wasn't a cigarette in sight.
have ever walked 3 miles into the woods in 100 degree heat in full turnout gear and a 5 gallon or more water can strapped
on your back just to put out a fire.
kids are afraid to get into water fights with you.
own vehicle has more lights than a Christmas tree.
"Climbing the corporate ladder" has nothing to do with career advancement.
have ever spent 10 minutes trying to force open a door only to have someone come along and open it by turning the handle.
work gear makes you sound like Darth Vader. (Luke, I am your father....)
roll around in anything that just burned to make your new gear look old.
have ever juggled hot coals with your gloves.
ever clung to the air horn chord for dear life because the driver is insane.
have more pagers than money in your wallet.
woken up thinking your pager went off and as you look at it..., it does.
carry enough in your pockets to give the Swiss army knives competition.
think that rusty old hydrant would look like a good addition in the garden, right next to the petunias.