My feelings about the fire department after the first month are a mixture of inadequacy and excitement. There’s a large volume to learn and I’m overwhelmed by my sheer lack of knowledge. Sometimes just following along with the conversations around me can be difficult when I don’t understand the vocabulary, the acronyms, or the slang terminology.
The excitement hasn’t faded though. I love getting a page, no matter what time of day it is. There’s just something about dropping everything to go help someone that makes me want to do it over and over again. I’m not yet much help at all. I still have to ask where anything and everything is, and I frequently feel like I’m in the way.
For now I’ve shoved these overwhelming feelings to the back of my brain. I’ve decided to focus on learning all that I can about the trucks. I need to learn their unit numbers and their uses (rescue, tanker, pumper, brush trucks, etc.). I also need to learn what equipment is stored in each compartment over the upcoming weeks.
Keeping my chin up,
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