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got a very special guest today we have one of those people that are very
important to our everyday lives they’re kind of overlooked but they’re very
important here in our society we have Mr. Chris Moon, how are you doing
sir? Doing well nice to be here man. Yeah Good to have you, thank you for
coming along. Now for those of you guys that don’t know Mr. Chris is a plays a
very important role here in our society can you tell us what is it that
you do? So, I am a firefighter paramedic with a city here in Houston. Yeah, I mean
that is it doesn’t get any more heroic than that. So let’s talk a little bit
about how you got started, right, so what was it that made you want to go into
this into this field? So I kind of fell into it actually. I was working a kind of
a labor job I was a fabricator for a shop, and one of my co-workers was a
captain and one of the local volunteer departments and he he would bother me
relentlessly about coming and joining or at least trying it out a little bit so
one day I gave in I was like fine just shut up you know and I went for a ride
along with them and we made a couple really cool calls one was where they had
to cut a person out of a car and another they actually made a house fire later
that night and after that I was like this is really cool I want to do this
yeah you were hooked that’s oh yeah yeah that’s cool yeah so once you you know
what you went on there right along what was the next step for you what was did
you you know you made the choice I was like this is for me
what was the next step for you so after that I had a like I said the volunteer
department that service is the area that I lived in at the time basically just he
said here’s the day that you come up and just tell
them that you want to be a fireman so okay so I got their total I never like
fill this out and there it is and it’s all history from there all right that’s
good so you know at the time as you were doing this and was it you know did you
were you kind of nervous about it or we always kind of comfortable with the
thought that hey this is what I’m gonna be doing no I was nervous at first like
it’s obviously out of the comfort zone for most people so yeah it was kind of a
daunting task to take on but you kind of sink into it
it becomes routine and you know becomes fun after that yeah right yeah so once
she did that right so you got comfortable with the idea let’s take us
through the process of what it’s like right because part of the thing here is
we know that there’s people that are gonna be interested in the topic and
they’re wanna go hey this sounds like something I’m gonna want to get into so
take us through the process right so you you went in for the right along and you
went in to kind of go see what it was all about and you signed up so what is
this first step for anybody out there that’s looking to get in what do you say
to that so I would say first step is to go visit your local volunteer fire
department and see if it’s something that you would be into like it’s it
seems really cool and you know you get to ride on the fire truck things like
that but there’s a lot of things that go into it on the inside training that you
have to do money that you have to put up and then the things that you come across
during your calls so you need to make sure that you’re ready for that type of
stuff yeah that’s good I mean that’s that’s solid advice and one thing you
touched on that I want to kind of put a pin on is so you mentioned you to make
sure it’s right for you what kind of personality traits do you think would be
some some somebody should have that they want to get into it what’s what’s
something that you say hey this is the type of person that needs to come apply
for this somebody with a service attitude somebody the
you know has the desire to help people because if you’re just in it for
yourself for what we call t-shirt you’re not gonna last long and we’re gonna find
you pretty quick and it’s not you know it’s not gonna work out too well yeah
yeah plus I mean it’s it’s when you’re in this type of job I mean you’re you
have people’s lives at your hand and you know you got to make you got to make
sure that you do fit in and you have that in you so I’m glad you mentioned
that so you know let let’s kind of like talk through the process so you know you
went to the now we’re we’re into getting into the school right what are the next
steps after that so if you go into the Volunteer Fire Service traditionally
they provide all the training and the gear and you’ll you’ll do the training
they’re at their facility for however long you know they require and you’ll
gain these certifications particularly through the volunteer services it’s
governed through the State Farm ins and Fire Marshal’s Association and so though
a lot of times get you to what’s called firefighter one and it’s on you to to
gain further training after that the paid fire service is governed by the
Texas Commission on Fire Protection and they will they’ll certify you after
firefighter to or after you go to a Fire Academy a standalone Fire Academy mm-hmm
you have to also in in the paid service you have to also be certified as an EMT
at a minimum and so yeah that’s on you to go and get that training as well
Thanks so what’s the toughest part for you at that point what do you think is
its the biggest challenge when you’re in that when you’re at that stage of your
your career development what do you think it’s the toughest oh man getting
into the into the fire academy is you have to be is physical fitness is the
biggest thing you have no idea how hard it is
you think you know but it’s way beyond right
what kind of demands so what are we talking about when we say physical like
what are we carrying things like what are some of the activities that you guys
would be doing at that point so obviously we’re in Texas and it’s summer
oh my god and we’re wearing sixty pounds worth of gear that you have to be able
to move through a building with basically zero visibility and carrying
with you whatever tools you bring and the hose line and then if you happen
upon a victim then you have to drag that person out as well so 60 pounds of gear
if you’re taking the irons which we refer to that as a tool called a
Halligan bar and a flat-headed it a flat headed axe and then your hose line
that’s your irons are probably 30 pounds and your hose line is depending on
whether it’s charged or not has water in it or not mm-hmm it’s very heavy wow
that sounds like a recipe for like you know overheating really quick yeah
yes I’m sure like a lot of people like you go through heat exhaustion that’s
just going through the training process I mean that sounds very like you know
it’s almost like a hazing process but you know it’s what you guys would come
across on a day-to-day basis right absolutely yeah so so how many people
would you say get to that stage and you know you don’t have to have the exact
numbers but how many did you through your class did you see a lot of people
drop out at that point yeah so classes typically start with let’s say 40 mm-hm
and they’ll sometimes graduate less than 20 of those wow that’s that’s well that
really puts you know it makes it clear who’s cut to be cut to the use and who’s
not now that you’re a fireman like what does that mean for you as far as
physical activity how much effort do you have to you know to stay up to you know
you got to make sure you can do some of the stuff like how much of that do you
spend nowadays work on your fitness every single day every single one every
single day ever really kind of rigorous physical fitness regimen and I follow
while I’m off duty while I’m on duty it’s kind of more laxed
we do have workout facilities that we can utilize at work but if we do it’s
typically something light like like weights or like jog on a treadmill or
something like that but everybody’s different with what they want to do some
guys do full-blown workouts for two hours while their it works you know if
they get interrupted they get interrupted but other people like me I
like to do my stuff on the on my off days that’s good
that’s good so you’re doing a little bit of resistance and cardio which one do
you say would be the most important for what you do so I do CrossFit oh that’s
awesome and it translates really well into what we do mm-hmm because you could
be asked to do any number of tasks during the course of your day so
training for that type of you know functional fitness is pretty key mm-hmm
and then also I do you know light workouts and then I train martial arts
as well yeah that’s good so as the audience should know by now I’m a huge
martial arts but you know forever we actually met well no we met at school
but we did we went to the max a martial arts school does any of that actually
help you throughout the process because I can imagine an instance where let’s
say for example you’re trying to like help somebody out and then they kind of
you know they’re they don’t know where their ads and then they might get a
little kind of crazy would you say that’s something that’s going to be
helpful to kind of be prepare you for that absolutely that several occasions
I’ve had restrain people in various states of clothing as well so listen
that makes it that adds a little bit to it all right
that’s awesome yeah that’s good to hear because I when you mentioned and as I
was kind of prepping this I noticed that you dude you you were working on jujitsu
and I was like oh that would that plays really well into what you do because you
know you never know you know what state of you know panic that person’s gonna be
on much like lifeguards right cuz they you know when they go in to save
somebody they’re gonna you know that person is freaking now they’re gonna
call you know trying to car all over so it’s good I’m glad you
mentioned that that’s something that I never thought about but you know it’s
good we talked about that oh yeah so let’s kind of go back now so we’re at
the Academy we’re going through the training what’s the next step once we
pass that point so once you’re gonna pass the Fire Academy then you have to
go and get your EMS certification which is in Texas there’s three levels
EMT basic EMT intermediate which is now called advanced EMT and then paramedic
you have to be at least an EMT basic to be T CFP certified and that schools
typically about a semester and it gets you kind of a basic understanding of how
the body works and basic like first-aid type things EMT intermediate they get a
little more advanced kind of more into the body processes and a little bit more
advanced skills and some some drug administration things like IVs and
intubations where you put the tube down their throat and then paramedics are the
highest level they can you get really really in-depth and how the body works pathophysiology and they can also
interpret what’s called a 12-lead EKG which is reading the electrical impulses
in your heart as well as administer narcotics and cardiac medications so Wow
so you guys you guys become very well-rounded I mean aside from just
being able to suppress fire but you are also expected to know how basically how
to save someone’s life that’s that’s awesome yeah so out of the two you know
we mentioned fire suppression and kind of EMT how much of that do you do in a
day-to-day what’s kind of the what’s kind of the breakdown of what you do
so about 80% of our calls are EMS related so about 20% of what we do is
fire so EMS is really really important and
they stress it a lot so it’s really important to be on top of your game when
it comes to that type of stuff yeah that’s good and that’s good to hear that
you know at least there’s not that many fires going on well at least you guys
are not in California because that’s I’m sure those guys have their hands full
down there so so let’s move on now so look we got we got through the fire
school your EMT certified what’s the next step so you’ve got your
certification then it’s time to start applying for jobs and the TCF peope
typically helps with that they have a page on their website
that tells you who’s hiring and what they’re hiring for and then you’ll
follow their application processes and once you’re once you’re done with that
you have typically like a four to five step process in order to get hired the
first is a written exam just basic everyday skills math comprehension
reading comprehension and problem solving things like that and a what we
call a PBT or a physical abilities test and it’s different for a bunch of for
every department they’ll set theirs up differently but it’s basically a task
based physical fitness assessment so you’ll run through the gamut of you know
what what type of task you’re going to be running into pulling a hose
extricated a victim going up and down stairs typically there’s a run or
something that that tires you out beforehand and a lot of times you’re
wearing gear doing this so they can see where you stand basically and that
knocks out a lot of people so just another point on being physically
ready for them for the job mm-hmm after that if you pass that you will
typically go to a panel interview which you’ll interview in front of any number
of what we call line personnel or guys on the floor that you’re going to be
working with and they’ll ask you the typical interview questions and then if
you if you pass that you’ll go to a Chiefs interview you’ll interview with
the fire chief themself and after that an offer of employment and then they’ll
do a physical drug test all that good stuff and some departments actually do a
polygraph which mine doesn’t so I couldn’t comment on to what they asked
you there but it’s just another another thing you have to be ready for good so
what can they really expect on their first date get ready so the rookie so
always bring breakfast and make it something better than donuts and calah
cheese bring ice cream and shake everybody’s hand when you get to the
station get there at least an hour early and then you’re gonna be run through
basically the the gauntlet so you’re gonna check off the trucks you’re gonna
be washing the trucks you’re gonna be restocking the trucks you’re gonna be
cooking breakfast you’re gonna be doing all the dishes you’re gonna be doing all
the cleaning so you kind of have to earn your your place in there and bring
dinner make sure it’s probably steaks and potatoes and make sure you can cook
that’s never even heard it so you actually designate and designate
somebody to do the cooking of this so yes so on our particular crew there’s
there’s kind of three of us that like to cook and and are pretty good at it
we kind of make the meal plans and do all the cooking and things like that so
our rookie kind of has a break in that aspect that’s good so what does
everybody let’s break a little from the seriousness but what is a what is the
vibe around around around the unit you know what is it like on a day to day
basis so in the morning we all gather around the table we have a common table
that we’re all gonna sit at we’re gonna drink coffee we’re gonna pardon the
expletive bust each other’s balls a little bit and so it’s pretty laid-back
I mean you have to have really thick skin mm-hmm to survive here but uh you
know just uh dish it out just like you take it that’s good I mean it’s
definitely one of those environments where you do have like you said you have
to have the tough skin because it’s not it’s and it’s not to knock on anybody
that doesn’t have those qualities but I mean you are dealing with it’s a heavy
workload what you guys have aside from like the physical I mean you guys are
dealing with some stuff that most people like I myself I know it would not be a
good fit for this but yeah I mean I could see where you know you have to
have that personality trait absolutely cuz we’re gonna we’re gonna run into
things that most people don’t want to and probably shouldn’t be seeing mm-hmm
and so like using humor I think is our way of kind of blowing off that steam if
we didn’t it would kind of all build up and it’s just not healthy ya know I can
definitely understand and I mean I’ve been in a few instances where I’ve had
to be the one to help and I frozen I mean it was it happened in my martial
arts school we had a broken ankle that kind of protruded out through the skin
and I saw that and my knees got weak and at that moment I was like I could not do
that I mean everybody and the guys that came in they were so cool about it you
know they kind of held you know it was kind of it was interesting because I
just for me it was it was it was one of those things really holy crap I don’t I
don’t really know what to do because I froze people they called 9-1-1 i was
like cell phone where’s that I don’t know so I’m glad that you guys had that
ability to cut a call on those when you need to because I like I said most
people could not do as I’m thankful that you guys are there for that so let’s
kind of jump back right so now that you’re in the now you’ve made it in and
now you kind of go through the process you know what are some of the calls they
use that you mentioned you know some of them was like 20% fire and I think 80%
was EMS related so what are some of the common calls that you get so a lot of
the calls are gonna be accidents trouble breathing chest pain things like that
we’re called to a lot of sick calls which could be really anything you just
have to you know figure that out for through a thorough patient assessment
and you know find out what’s really going on there a lot of it’s you know
you’d be surprised a lot of the calls kind of don’t really call for an
ambulance but you know we’re just as professional with them as the ones that
really really need it so let’s talk now about the person that’s really
interested in it they say you know they hear this podcast or they’ve gone
through the process of doing the research right so what is something that
you would say to them and say hey this is really something an area that you
should focus on one of the one of the things that are tough what is something
that you would to say to that person physical fitness I think we we hit that
pretty hard and then I think that would be probably the biggest one work on your
physical fitness and your snappy comebacks that’s good what about the EMS
side is there anything that’s tough there I mean outside I’m sure you got to
study a lot but is there an area there that you would need a little more
attention on is there anything there cardiology is a big one mm-hm
specifically for the paramedics that want to go through all that school
cardiology will save you and it’ll bury you as well mm-hm
but Cardiology’s probably at least my biggest hurdle mm-hmm but you get
through that you can probably get through most of it that’s good yeah I’m
sure that those calls are specifically you know sensitive because I’m sure you
know broken bones or something like that you can and again I have no background
on this but I’m sure that you guys are well trained on how to handle those but
yeah cardiology I could imagine is how to assess the patient you know when to
administer certain things and that kind of nature I’m sure I’m sure that’s
that’s a tough call for you guys but you know I’m glad that you guys go through
the training to get that done so let’s talk next a little bit about you know
the the kind of camaraderie that you guys share right so you know Fire EMS
police officers you know he has a pretty tight-knit group right so you guys kind
of work hand in hand so how much of that you know how much do you guys kind of
interact with each other all the time pretty much every call we’re working
with both each other on the crew and then usually the cops show up most of
the time because they’re bored or or it’s or it has something to do with them
so yeah we we work really closely I know we get on to each other out in the
public but uh you know we’re all part of the same team mm-hmm and do you guys do
like any cross-training do you guys kind of like you know is there anything that
you guys kind of piggyback off each other so there’s a bit of a push now to
train an active shooter type scenarios so we train really closely with the
police department on those types of incidents they kind of have their role
and we kind of have ours but we all need to be coordinated whenever one of these
incidents happens so we we’ve been training really closely with them and it
worked pretty well that’s good well that’s something I’d never I’m glad I
asked that question because it’s unfortunately you know it’s something
that you guys have to deal with now and I mean it’s always been there but
a little more prevalent right so it’s good to hear that you guys are going
through the cross-training process of you know how to deal with the act of
sugar or what to do those kind of things that unfortunately you know in the
society we live in we you have to be aware of so what’s something that you
know talking through it what is your what’s something that you say it’s most
challenging now that you are actually in the force what’s something that you you
find that you kind of you know it’s still a struggle for you keeping current
on our EMS type training things are changing all the time and just keeping
up with those changes is pretty daunting toad it would take you know most of my
day to read articles and do seee hours and things like that to stay up on that
type of thing but you know we manage right and the how often do you have to
go through a recertification process and how often
so for paramedics in the state of Texas only we have to do 144 hours of
continuing education every four years if you’re nationally registered then you
have to do it every two years okay and what is the difference between being
nationally registered versus just Texas so in order to initially obtain your
Texas certification you have to take what’s called the national registry exam
and it’s just kind of this really hard test that they put you through but after
that you’re considered nationally registered and then you send that over
to the state and they will issue your your state certification your license to
practice I guess mm-hmm and then if you want to keep your national you have to
do that that process every two years or you can just drop it and if you’re if
you only plan to practice in Texas or you don’t plan on moving then you just
you just keep your Texas okay that makes sense yeah that’s good to know so you
know what are what are some of the what are some of the really cool things that
you enjoy about your career I think you touched on the camaraderie
is one of the aspects I really I really like coming to work I really like coming
to work with the the people that I work with they’re a bunch of they’re really
knowledgeable in what they do a really fun group and we get along really well
so that’s probably probably the biggest thing and then the job itself it’s it’s
always something different you know every day is never the same mm-hm yeah
I’m sure I mean you guys get to see everything when you think you’ve seen
everything here is gonna be something completely out of left field that you
didn’t account for so that’s good to know that’s good to hear
so as you were going through the process what was a more some of the reactions of
people around you when you to let them know that hey I’m gonna pursue this as a
career support I had already been a volunteer for quite some time so they
knew that this was probably gonna happen anyway so they’re like what took you so
long basically so as long as you’re if you
get that support you know I think yeah I think you’d be fine yeah yeah I’m sure I
mean that’s that’s the key to everything is that you make sure you have that
support system kind of behind you and then so you know you mentioned the
camaraderie around work what are what are some of the people that you that you
interact with that kind of move you kind of push you a little bit and you know
what are some of the characters they kind of they kind of get you going Oh a
good one is my my officer which is pretty much about the straightest laced
person you can think of he basically knows everything there is
you know it just seems that he knows basically everything there is to know
about firefighting and things like that and just seeing him and if it if you do
something well and he just gives you one of those looks like yeah that that will
push you even further that will do more for you than you know
an article in a in a newspaper or something like that right yeah so it’s
one of those things also like you know you guys and you know again I didn’t
think you at the beginning of the episode but thank you for your service
because I mean you guys definitely have a very important role and and
unfortunately you guys don’t get thanked enough I mean unfortunately that’s the
case but you know what does that do something for you when people come up to
you and shake your hand and you come out you know I mean I’m sure I’m sure it
kind of does and unfortunately it doesn’t happen enough so again like I
said thank you for everything that you guys do and your unit as well thank you
guys all all of you guys out there they’re listening so what are what are
some of the challenges that you see going forward for anybody that’s gonna
be coming up for the you know trying to get into EMT or as a firefighter is
there anything new that they should be aware of that might be coming up an
increased emphasis on CPR kind of not going I guess most of the wall on CPR
there’s a new airway devices coming out that you’re gonna have to learn but it’s
all just jargon and things like that there’s there’s no real techniques I
guess so just staying current and up-to-date on some of the some of the
response because I do I was and I haven’t renewed my my certificate but I
was like CPR and First Aid certified and one of the things I notice is we had to
do I think is every two years and it was just every time I would go was a
different technique like you mentioned it was I think it was like a start off
it was like 10:10 compressions or whatever it was and then it came you
know it was like going down down and then it was eventually like no compress
or whatever it was and yeah just changes so much I can’t imagine like trying to
keep up with that and staying current and you know how to make the right
choice right so you know I’m glad that you guys take that it was it was
freshmen last time I came here you told me it was time
but that’s good to hear so another thing I wanted to touch on and it’s kind of
one of those interesting places that that unfortunately you get to is you get
like the the you know the personalities that don’t jive well right so you get
somebody that you know made it through and they’re and they’re working
alongside you how do you deal with those kind of people so I do have some
experience in this so in those those times you you just try to do the best
you can with that person if they’re just completely unwilling to work or to learn
or you know just to interact with anybody then you know that person will
they’ll eventually move themselves along because you know they’ll see everybody
else interacting and having fun they’re they’re not included so they’ll kind of
weed themselves out if we we see that coming then we can kind of nip that in
the bud as well right and do you guys go through
a process of like every year kind of like like an assessment of sorts do you
guys go through that at all yes so we have annual annual self reviews and so
we’ll basically just hey we did this this was good I did this crappy you know
and those will all be sent to HR and our pay rates you know are tied to that sort
of thing but yeah we’ll do that every year that’s good yeah so it kind of
keeps you let you know what are some of the things that you’re doing really good
on and some of the things that you get to you have to improve on so so talking
through your career personally what’s something that you’ve seen like you’ve
grown the most on what’s something that you like when you start it you’re like I
can’t wasn’t as proficient as that but now that I feel like I feel like I’m I’m
really good at you know whatever that is EMS absolutely EMS is it’s really really
scary in the beginning and if you don’t have a really good
foundation like I said with you whether your EMT basic and intermediate and
things like that then it’s gonna take you a while to get your your feet under
you so I think after after so many years now
kind of like he said seen it all mm-hmm I haven’t seen it all but I’ve seen a
lot so remaining calm knowing what to do in those situations it’s a I think
that’s that’s the biggest area that I’ve personally grown that’s good yeah let’s
say the first time you went out to a call what are some of the like the
emotions that you were going through that you can kind of relate man Hart was
going a thousand beats a minute just happy to be involved basically
everything’s new everything’s kind of scary but also kind of cool and you know
you feel like you’re part of this you know elite team that only only we
get to do this type of stuff so that’s that was one of the cool aspects yes
yeah I bet you guys yeah it’s gotta be for everybody because you know you you
go from just being a civilian to like you know you’re you got people’s lives
in your hands so I’m glad you share that with us so what is what is something
that you’re looking forward to in the future with your career what is what are
your aspirations right so what’s the next step because I don’t know you know
what kind of like the next steps are you know you’ve mentioned like fireman 1
fireman 2 what is for you what is the next step in your career so after your
you’ve been a fireman for a while then you can test for driver and then be an
officer and then probably a battalion or a district chief and then you can work
your way up to all the way to fire chief that’s not something right I aspire to
do but then maybe I would probably stop it battalion chief if I ever got there
okay what are what is what is it that role consists of so that’s basically
you’re still on shift but you’re always the you’re the incident commander
whenever you arrive here you’re the in the kind of the tiny issue V that
runs along and you’re always the incident commander you handle all the
people on your shift and you know be a disciplinary or otherwise and then
scheduling things like that but the cool part was you’re always the the one in
charge you’re always the guy that knows what to do you’re the guy that everybody
looks to you know if they don’t know what to do
right oh that’s that’s interesting yeah I always wondering with a little issue
it’s like what do they do that’s cool so so on your personal self right what are
what are some of the things that you always have to be prepared for because
I’m sure you know this is outside of your work right so I’m sure that you
still even when you’re off duty you still have that mindset of like I got to
be prepared was something that you you still like do on your day to day basis
that kind of keeps you ready at all times workouts the big one mm-hmm just looking for like looking at at
different buildings building construction plays a really big role in
firefighting and so just going around to each
building like you know if this was on fire what would I do if this was if this
part was on fire what would I do where it would be my first my first actions
you know where is the closest hydrant to my house where’s the closest hydrant to
my parents house you know things like that
oh oh so you’re still kind of like kind of gauging the environment that’s that’s
interesting and I know a lot of people I police officers kind of go through that
steps right like they walk into like a place and they’re like spotting the
exits and things so the very similar for you as well that’s that’s interesting to
hear so kind of along the lines of that you
know you personally said you know these are the things that I would do what is a
recommendation for somebody who’s not in the fire department just somebody like
myself what is something that I should be prepared for like say in my home here
what is something that that you you would recommend that I would
fired one of those right there in most of your rooms make sure your
smoke detectors work have a first aid kit and whatever you do need a dial
nine-one-one try and keep as calm as you can mm-hmm that’s good that’s good to
hear and then outside of that so I kind of brought this on and honestly I’ve
never used this thing I’m looking at the instructions on because something’s on
fire I got a read I’m gonna freak out but with fire you know with fire it’s
one of those things that’s you know it can happen to anybody at any time for
different reasons right so so for a person like myself and I’m the prime
example of this because I don’t know how to use this this thing what is something
that you would recommend right so let’s say for example I’ve never used this
thing that do you just use it or water so typically with these there’s their
instructions mm-hm and and they’re pretty well laid out mm-hm
you have the pin you pull the pin point out the fire and then sweep along that’s
that’s basically it I mean right that’s good to hear yeah because I bought this
and this has been in the house since we got the house and luckily I’ve never had
to use it but you know it’s one of those things where if I had to unfortunately
I’d have to read I’m glad you explained it’s a simple instruction but if you
know put in that kind of pressure right I even though the instructions are right
there I might even just glaze that over so would you recommend people kind of
take these on and and I’m not sure these one-time use or how do these – yeah
those so that that’s gonna be at one time used one time you know okay cool so
you probably a good idea to get you a couple of those and maybe like try one
out yeah you can practice yeah you can practice exit drills if you have a
family yeah that’s not also testing your your
smoke detectors once a month and then changing the batteries every six months
mm-hmm it’s a big one yeah yeah you know it’s fires like they could start an
attic and you’re fired upon your fire alarm doesn’t go off and you know next
thing you know your whole house is on fire so for you guys with what going
through the fire speaking is predominately for the fire
suppression side when is your most active time what do you guys get and
seem to get the most calls ah during the day during the day typical business
hours not a lot there’s not a lot going on at
night for people to be like in the houses on fire mm-hmm and Thanksgiving
is partly our biggest day turkeys I’m sure yeah that’s I kind of figure that
one so what’s another thing that you would say for the person that’s still
listening to the podcast and then they go okay I’m really interested to this
well what is something that you say hey this this is why I personally joined
that you can give that to them as well so I kind of touched on it earlier I
just you know caught the itch from making a call to that person I would say
go and join your local volunteer department and see if it’s for you you
really would get a feel whether it’s for you at that point because they’re gonna
provide you with the training they’re gonna expose you to – all these things
and you don’t really have to invest a whole whole bunch of money and time into
this just to find out that you know maybe maybe this wasn’t for me I don’t
really like this any more mm-hmm so before you go to the academy
go go go join up your local volunteers and have them run you through it a
little bit that’s good and I’m glad you brought that up because well as a
volunteer fire you know when you’re getting into that that spot what are
some of the things that you would be expected to do at that point I mean just
the same as anybody else oh really so you’re the same you’re doing the same
thing just you’re you’re volunteering you know I thought it was a little
different so that’s good to know yeah so you’re actually doing the work
that you’d be doing as a fire that’s awesome so yeah anybody listening that’s
interested that yeah that’s good advice good solid advice I’m glad I’m glad you
were able to give that to us and so the next subjects a little bit touchy right
because when this airs that’s gonna be September 11th right
so you know we were probably I would say what sophomores or juniors
when that occurred yeah yeah and I know a lot of the people that might be one
who might want to be interested in and they might have not been alive when this
happened right so how did that mold not mold you but how did that what did that
do for you trying to get into the Academy or try to become one fire
program so it always sticks with you like I remember that I the exact
classroom and the day that had happened and I remember the sound of the after
the collapse the sound of the what’s called past devices going off I didn’t
know it at the time I didn’t know what I was listening to but after getting into
it I know exactly what that sound is and how ominous it was but uh just making
sure that every time I come to work I do those guys justice yeah definitely I
mean it’s it’s unfortunate that so many lives are lost I mean some of your
brother and you know firefighters and police officers unfortunately lost their
lives and and that’s why I feel like it’s like I mentioned it was a thankless
job and unfortunately like we don’t give you guys enough credit for the job that
you guys do so what you know as you’re going through the paces of your
day-to-day life how much how much do you go in and you stay you know because you
potentially and I don’t want to say it like this because it’s a little touchy
but it could be the last time that you come into work right you could go into a
simple building and next thing you know you’re not there anymore so how much of
that do you carry with you when you begin work all the time it always has to
be in the back your mind there’s plenty of classes that we take on self rescue
and there’s various you know things in place during each incident just in case
that does happen because because it could happen at any point so you have to
always be aware be aware of your surroundings be aware of where you are
and in buildings and make sure it’s not you mm-hmm yeah it’s it’s a
it’s a rough place to be at because you know most of the way you mentioned makes
the job very sound appealing but then you know does have that drawback and and
you know like you mentioned you have to have that mental you know preparedness
it you know it could it could happen to you or it could happen to somebody that
you really care about in the in the academy so kind of on the same on the
same leaf you know what is something that you know you you’ve experienced
that you know have you ever had to like pull one of your teammates out or kind
of save them at this point so no it doesn’t doesn’t happen a whole lot I
have gotten lost in a structure and when you’re going through training you’re
like oh there’s you know how does that happen
mm-hmm but once you do in a real incident it is very scary feeling and
you just have to revert back to your training and try and get out yeah that’s
interesting yeah because you I’m sure the smoke and you know especially if
you’ve never been in that that building or its structure before it’s it’s got to
be disorienting because you’re trying to do your job at the same time you’re like
oh did I make a laugh all right how the hell do I guess that’s interesting so
you know one more thing I want to touch on because we’re kind of coming up to
the end of the show here is you know we talked about cutting your aspirations
for the future right what is something that you’ve seen a positive change when
it comes to like firefighting and EMS is there something that you’ve noticed that
like it’s been you’ve seen an improvement maybe it’s technology maybe
it’s like in the way that things are run or do you see anything positive that
you’ve seen lately there’s a big push on back injuries because we we lift
stretchers all the time mm-hm and so in our ambulances there’s a stretcher it’s
what we call an auto load so we can push a stretcher with the patient up to the
ambulance and press a button and it lifts the stretcher up and puts it in
there for us and before that that was we had to have four and five guys on the
stretcher to to get him in there sometimes and it was just really bad
yeah you’re back you come back with back pain
and oh just terrible that’s my favorite thing good so I wanted to ask you kind
of a some some fun questions to close out the show all right so on your
downtime as you’re in the unit all right what are you doing right now let’s say
you’re you’re you’re just sitting around there’s nothing going on what are you
doing sleeping sleeping now either either I’m sitting in the recliner or if
I’ve gotten my training done for the day I’m I’m prepping dinner or cooking it
but a lot of time to spend in the recliner nice is it a massaging recliner
no unfortunately no we gotta get you guys one of those that I talk to the
city can alright so what about Netflix what are you watching
I just watched the Chappelle special oh yeah that was a really good one I
thought that was hilarious I haven’t seen that one I need to catch
up on that all right what about series wise anything series that you’re
watching Parks and Rec Parks and Rec again again how many times have you seen
it this is third third time that’s a good show all right what about music
what do you listen to right now when I was jamming on the way up here Parkway
Drive mm-hmm nice all right and favorite food ooh Indian Indian food
really oh wow curry uh so I’m torn between lamb tikka masala and biryani
bring out the chicken biryani is really good I like my favorite is a chicken
tikka masala we have a huge engine Indian crew over here over there where I
work and man they bring the sub delicious really samosas and man there
we go eat the Indian like maybe like once a month it’s delicious that’s
awesome that’s awesome you know I want to thank you out for coming out you know
again thank you for your service thank you for all the work that you guys do
just not just yourself but anybody out there that’s listening you know we
really appreciate all the things that you get all the things that you guys do
for us and keeping us safe so you know thank you for coming out yes
sir thank you all right no problem all right well thanks everybody that wraps
up this episode and thank you for listening all right hey everyone
hope you enjoy today’s show I just wanted to take some time to thank my
guests Chris moon for stopping by and giving us some valuable information all
right I’d also like to thank everybody out there all the men and women who are
firefighters EMS police officers although you guys in the Armed Forces
thank you so much for everything you do your work is really really really
important and we appreciate it all right well thanks for checking us out till the
next one bye

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