Why my Fire Department sucks more than yours

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Seen too much

United States

#1 Aug 27, 2011
1. Volunteer does not mean that professionalism is optional
2. Castroville FD bullies other mutual aid departments with a "this is MY district" I will tell you when to respond.(Fall, 2010 to LaCoste FD)--even though all are volunteers and it is sometimes hard to even get a full crew!
3. Castroville FD attempts to take over every scene that they are asked to mutual aid.
4. Responders drive like a bat out of hell from home to their station and put other drivers at risk with their recklessness.
5. Volunteer does not mean amateur.
Pretty sure

Dallas, TX

#2 Sep 1, 2011
Pretty sure if your house was on fire they would be your first phone call though!!!:)
Seen too much

United States

#3 Sep 4, 2011
Nope! I would call my insurance agent because the house is going to be a flat slab!
County Resident

Castroville, TX

#4 Sep 22, 2011
The Castroville Fire Co. is very well trained with a certified Fire Cheif, Firefighters and Drivers the response time for a volunteer Dept is excellent. They are NIMS Certified and follow NFPA guidelines exactly, sorry you had a bad experiance with one on his way to the station but if your house was on fire or you or one of your family was trapped in a car wreck wouldn't you want them to hurry? Most of them have red lights on their cars so when you see flashing red lights get out of the way! There are only 2 other depts in the county that are even close to Castroville in training. They have saved 2 doublewide trailers that I know of.
county medic

Fort Worth, TX

#5 Sep 22, 2011
Devine fire is the best dept. in the county in my opinion.
Nation of Imbeciles

San Antonio, TX

#6 Sep 23, 2011
There never is any good news about La Coste. This town is a real joke.
County Firefighter

San Antonio, TX

#7 Sep 23, 2011
They all do the best with what they have, some are better trained than others some have better equipment than others but all do the best they can..
ky resident

Louisville, KY

#8 Mar 3, 2012
just because a volunteer has lights on his personal car does not mean you have get out of their way by law. They are Courtesy lights, Courtesy..meaning it would be nice if you would get out of my way but by law you are not a sworn office and your vehicle does not meat NFPA standards as a fire apparatus. Personal lights are more detrimental then helpful. How many deaths to firefighter and innocent civilians can be attributed to some hyped up volunteer driving 50 in a 25 to respond to a smell of gas or burnt food. I can name 3 so far for 2012 year, 3 volunteer firefighters who were killed while responding and an unknown number that are involved in wrecks since we dont track them. If you try to argue time is of the essence, i need to respond faster and ignore traffic signals. I have to ask you have you ever tested the difference in time you gain driving regularly versus emergent? I have and generally you are gaining about 30 seconds max. This is why FDNY and other progressive departments are doing studies to determine if responding emergent to every call is necessary. Additionally if you are going to be an idiot and purchase personal lights then you damn well better invest in a siren, cause you need to activate as many senses of persons as possible and lights dont cut it, its either all or nothing and i would prefer and recommend nothing.
Tx vol ff

Bastrop, TX

#11 Mar 16, 2014
Texas considers vol f.f.'s /E.m.s. personnel vehicle's with light and sirens an Emergency vehicle not giving right of way will get you a ticket. Thank you to Rick Perry for that. We had an incident several years ago. A pickup would not move right. So for 10 miles we crept along lights,siren,air horns. Guess what. IT WAS HIS HOUSE!(Dumb ass)

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