Overpaid Firefighters
Arsonist

Altamonte Springs, FL

#311 May 30, 2013
Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>Don't have a clue about how Firemen's shifts work, do ya?
Don't you mean 'Firefighter'?

We certainly don't want to show any disrespect to those in the higher tax brackets, do we?
Haha

South San Francisco, CA

#312 Aug 1, 2013
they are overpaid. my friends neighbor makes a killing off of his firefighting disability yet he is able to dig out his own pool, ride his harley cross country and build his owm house..yeah, hes disabled alright. a guy i grew up with has been playing the system because of a knee injury and now they are retiring him with lots of pay. he enjoys his boat and wake boarding and just sold his harley to buy a better one...disabled vets dont get anything close to a firefighter
Righteous

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#313 Aug 6, 2013
"disabled vets dont get anything close to a firefighter "

just SCREWED.......... while these COWARDS continue to SCREW the rest of US.........
Arsonist

Bradenton, FL

#315 Oct 4, 2013
It's been a few months and the fireboys haven't asked for more money.

Come on all you hose pullers...you're slipping! Better remind the public that you're worth tens of thousands of dollars since you all are heros!
Butch

Howell, NJ

#316 Oct 4, 2013
Righteous wrote:
"disabled vets dont get anything close to a firefighter "
just SCREWED.......... while these COWARDS continue to SCREW the rest of US.........
I'll bet you enjoy being screwed.
Righteous

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#317 Oct 6, 2013
Butch wrote:
<quoted text>I'll bet you enjoy being screwed.
Go ask your Wife.......... She love it when a REAL man bangs her....... not some Publix COWARD..........
Justin

Troy, NY

#319 Mar 9, 2014
I make 31k as a professional firefighter, I would hardly consider that overpaid for ANY line of work. 31 is actually below the poverty line in my city if you want the truth. I took a massive pay cut from my former private sector job to become a firefighter. But I don't regret it for one second, I absolutely love my job. Not because of the money (don't make much), not because I get to "sit around all day" ( I take pride in working on a heavy rescue that does 15-20 runs per shift). Like most guys, I love it because of the great guys I work with, the adrenaline rush of fighting a fire, the crazy things I see on a daily basis, the sense of accomplishment in making a difference on an EMS call. None of us consider ourselves heroes. Yeah, we all hope one to be the one to make the "big grab" like we dreamed about as kids. But the job isn't Hollywood, we don't pull people out of burning buildings every day, I usually only fight a "real" working fire every 2-4 shifts. The only lives I've saved have been on EMS calls. But we DO save them, I had a cardiac arrest reversal last shift, my crew pulled 3 people out of a fire in December. It may not be every day, but it does happen. Is 31k a year really too much to pay someone for those services? Would you think that if it was your mother having a heart attack, your child that fell through the ice, your house next door to the fire we stopped from spreading?
Arsonist

Bradenton, FL

#320 Mar 10, 2014
Justin wrote:
I make 31k as a professional firefighter, I would hardly consider that overpaid for ANY line of work. 31 is actually below the poverty line in my city if you want the truth. I took a massive pay cut from my former private sector job to become a firefighter. But I don't regret it for one second, I absolutely love my job. Not because of the money (don't make much), not because I get to "sit around all day" ( I take pride in working on a heavy rescue that does 15-20 runs per shift). Like most guys, I love it because of the great guys I work with, the adrenaline rush of fighting a fire, the crazy things I see on a daily basis, the sense of accomplishment in making a difference on an EMS call. None of us consider ourselves heroes. Yeah, we all hope one to be the one to make the "big grab" like we dreamed about as kids. But the job isn't Hollywood, we don't pull people out of burning buildings every day, I usually only fight a "real" working fire every 2-4 shifts. The only lives I've saved have been on EMS calls. But we DO save them, I had a cardiac arrest reversal last shift, my crew pulled 3 people out of a fire in December. It may not be every day, but it does happen. Is 31k a year really too much to pay someone for those services? Would you think that if it was your mother having a heart attack, your child that fell through the ice, your house next door to the fire we stopped from spreading?
You better move down here then, they make that in six months. Plus, ya get to go to the grocery store every four hours in a big shinny fire truck and park wherever ya want and treat everyone else you're some sort of God.

It's difficult to believe you only make thirty one thousand as a fireman. Sure you're not workin part time? Heck, down here they work part time and make eighty thousand...unless ya count the time they're shootin hoops.
Justin

Troy, NY

#321 Mar 11, 2014
Arsonist wrote:
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It has nothing to do with paying your own tuition. Tens of thousands of us have paid our way through college. But we don't threaten our clients via the unions to earn more.
When a fireman puts in his time and 'retires', they still continue to stay on and collect retirement benefits AND their normal annual salary. That's double dipping at the taxpayers expense. No private employer allows that.
Plus, almost every firemen we've come in contact with is an arogant SOB with a 'holier than though' attitude.
People are taxed enough and have had it. If the firemen don't like it, they can get another job. Someone else will gladly fill their position.
Firefighters do not retire and collect "benefits and normal annual salary". That is a complete lie. Our pension is completely self funded (meaning WE pay into our pensions throughout ou career, not YOU), and we receive 50% of what our salary was, that is the retirement plan. That's it, there is no double dipping.
Justin

Troy, NY

#322 Mar 11, 2014
Arsonist wrote:
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You better move down here then, they make that in six months. Plus, ya get to go to the grocery store every four hours in a big shinny fire truck and park wherever ya want and treat everyone else you're some sort of God.
It's difficult to believe you only make thirty one thousand as a fireman. Sure you're not workin part time? Heck, down here they work part time and make eighty thousand...unless ya count the time they're shootin hoops.
I work fulltime, 48 hours a week for 31k a year. Which is still 2k more than what my starting pay was. Please don't take that as a complaint, I knew the pay wasn't great when I took the test; I love what I do and don't believe you can put a price on job satisfaction.

We also don't take a rig to the grocery store 4 times a day. We go shopping once a day, we take our rig so we are available to answer calls while out of the station, we remain in our response district the entire time, park out of the way in the back of the lot, and pay for our groceries out of our pockets. While I can't speak for every fireman, my crew attempts to be very friendly to everyone we come across while out of the station. I gladly answer any questions people have about what we do, almost every shift I give kids tours of the rig and let them sit in the cab, show them all our gear, etc.

Also, our truck is shiny because we take pride in our apparatus and believe the taxpayers deserve to see the truck they helped pay for is well maintained and cared for. When we answer a call, people are allowing us into their homes and putting their trust in our hands. Having a clean, presentable, well maintained apparatus is the first step in showing them that we accept that responsibility and will perform professionally.
Righteous

Miami, FL

#323 Mar 12, 2014
justine.......... just another full of crap COWARD.......... over paid and under worked....
Justin wrote:
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I work fulltime, 48 hours a week for 31k a year. Which is still 2k more than what my starting pay was. Please don't take that as a complaint, I knew the pay wasn't great when I took the test; I love what I do and don't believe you can put a price on job satisfaction.
We also don't take a rig to the grocery store 4 times a day. We go shopping once a day, we take our rig so we are available to answer calls while out of the station, we remain in our response district the entire time, park out of the way in the back of the lot, and pay for our groceries out of our pockets. While I can't speak for every fireman, my crew attempts to be very friendly to everyone we come across while out of the station. I gladly answer any questions people have about what we do, almost every shift I give kids tours of the rig and let them sit in the cab, show them all our gear, etc.
Also, our truck is shiny because we take pride in our apparatus and believe the taxpayers deserve to see the truck they helped pay for is well maintained and cared for. When we answer a call, people are allowing us into their homes and putting their trust in our hands. Having a clean, presentable, well maintained apparatus is the first step in showing them that we accept that responsibility and will perform professionally.
Frank M Jerry

Athens, GA

#324 Mar 12, 2014
Over paid Fire fighters, I hardly think so,

It is CSPD Police Officers on steroids that are the one being over paid,
Somehow giving a loaded gun to someone on steroids is not a joking matter.
I ran into a few in my life, there is absolutely no need to seek revenge because those Officers on
Steroids are subjecting themselves to heart failure and or a stroke at any minute.

Just follow those litigation commercials for increased testosterone and finally the F.D.A. is looking into the matter, it is about time.
Right Brian and Carol Walsh, How about those smog laden chicken wings from China, hope you attacked with a bird flu. You’re the ones over the cuckoo nest for sure. Everyone else is Foul but not yourselves, You exploited my son and reason he charged at me and you send the P.D. to my apartment, it is you who are truly NUTS. Don’t even have the decency to obtain my College Ring back lost in your ignorance stupidity, and masquerade.
Justin

Troy, NY

#325 Mar 12, 2014
Righteous wrote:
justine.......... just another full of crap COWARD.......... over paid and under worked....
<quoted text>
Could you point out exactly what you believe I'm full of crap about? Or what makes me a coward? I'm pretty sure you've never met me and no absolutely nothing about me.
Righteous

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#326 Mar 13, 2014
over paid and under worked.......... go back to your X-Box..........
Justin wrote:
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Could you point out exactly what you believe I'm full of crap about? Or what makes me a coward? I'm pretty sure you've never met me and no absolutely nothing about me.
Deuces

Troy, NY

#327 Mar 13, 2014
Righteous wrote:
over paid and under worked.......... go back to your X-Box..........
<quoted text>
So tell me what you do for a living that is so brave and high and mighty? I'm pretty sure I don't go online and attack your profession. Again, I also make below the poverty line, so I'm fairly certain I'm not overpaid. Have you ever done CPR? Have you ever gone into a burning building? You don't know a God damn thing about my job, or me. You probably make much more money than me in a profession that makes absolutely no difference to anyone. I'm sorry you obviously feel under-valued and have to attack a career that has true meaning. Or your wife left you for a fireman. Or whatever caused you to have such hatred towards my profession. Maybe it's time you go back to your desk and type up some more excel sheets or flip some burgers or whatever you waste your meaningless existence doing.
Righteous

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#328 Mar 14, 2014
BOOO FREAKING HOOO COWARD.......... all you wannabe "her0's" are all the same....... go change your Tampon puzzy.......... you are a bleeder.......... and not that I need to tell you this.......... But I HAVE done CPR.......I HAVE been in burning buildings.... I've done my Combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was even in the sht during the Beirut bombings ..........21 years of service …. your "job" is NOT difficult.... now stop your WHINING and go back to watching TV……………… I’m sure some kitty will need to be rescued from some tree soon….
Deuces wrote:
<quoted text>
So tell me what you do for a living that is so brave and high and mighty? I'm pretty sure I don't go online and attack your profession. Again, I also make below the poverty line, so I'm fairly certain I'm not overpaid. Have you ever done CPR? Have you ever gone into a burning building? You don't know a God damn thing about my job, or me. You probably make much more money than me in a profession that makes absolutely no difference to anyone. I'm sorry you obviously feel under-valued and have to attack a career that has true meaning. Or your wife left you for a fireman. Or whatever caused you to have such hatred towards my profession. Maybe it's time you go back to your desk and type up some more excel sheets or flip some burgers or whatever you waste your meaningless existence doing.
Deuces

Troy, NY

#329 Mar 19, 2014
Righteous wrote:
BOOO FREAKING HOOO COWARD.......... all you wannabe "her0's" are all the same....... go change your Tampon puzzy.......... you are a bleeder.......... and not that I need to tell you this.......... But I HAVE done CPR.......I HAVE been in burning buildings.... I've done my Combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was even in the sht during the Beirut bombings ..........21 years of service …. your "job" is NOT difficult.... now stop your WHINING and go back to watching TV……………… I’m sure some kitty will need to be rescued from some tree soon….
<quoted text>
If that is in fact true than I retract my previous statement and apologize. I'll admit I tend to take it too personally and get a little worked up and get out of line when people attack a profession I hold so dearly.. However, now I am even more baffled as to why you hold so much resentment towards my job. I also served 6 years before becoming a fireman, my wife received a Bronze Star with Valor, my father is retired from the service, and my brother is in AFSOC. I hold the upmost respect for anyone who served our country, as do all the guys on the job, especially considering over 3/4 served at some point before becoming firefighters. Other than law enforcement, I can't think of any other career more veterans are drawn to when they finish their enlistment. Maybe its the brotherhood, maybe its the adrenaline rush, maybe its the search to belong to something bigger than ourselves, who knows, but there must be something to it.

I won't begin to compare fighting fire to combat, I know its not even close. I won't pretend to know what combat is like, I never fired a weapon in anger. But having been there yourself, surely you must harbor some of the same feelings. Feelings of anger and resentment towards those who dare to bash and tear apart what you did when they were never there, they didn't do what you did, they didn't see what you saw. You must know the agony of having the very people you're trying to help spit in your face as you tend to their wounds. Surely you have felt, as I have, the anguish of seeing children abused and in abject poverty, knowing that as hard as you might try, nothing you can do will ever grant them a better future. Like you, I am sure, the most vivid memories I've made in this career are not the fond ones, not of the ones I saved, but of the ones I couldn't. It must make you furious to hear politicians and bloggers who have never climbed a burning staircase with no more than a halligan and their brothers, or climbed a mountain in hostile territory with no more than a rifle and their brothers, claim to know what is best for you, attack your livelihood, make false accusations of your "crimes" or "cowardice", take away the equipment and manpower you know you so desperately need.

Like you, regardless of what anyone says or thinks, no matter what false claims they make, even with an income that will never provide my daughter with all the opportunities I would love to give her, I absolutely love my job and wouldn't trade it for anything. I may not be putting my life on the line every time I jump on the rig, I certainly don't claim to be a hero, I may not be saving the world, but at the end of the day I know there are people alive in this city because of my brothers and I, and that is good enough for me.
666hhh

Boston, MA

#332 Apr 23, 2014
Firefighters are way overpaid and shouldn't be in EMS. Idk how many times I've shown up to a call and fire is doing the stare of life.

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#333 May 6, 2014
Arsonist wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't you mean 'Firefighter'?
We certainly don't want to show any disrespect to those in the higher tax brackets, do we?
Reports in, that Firefighters suffer higher cancer rates, due to smoke inhalation and equipment chemical buildup.......
CVFD163

United States

#335 May 25, 2014
Righteous wrote:
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booo hooo hooo .... cry baby..... not happy find another JOB.... another overpaid "her0"....
We are not over paid. 70% of all firefighters in America are volunteers like me. We get paid $5 per call to go risk out own lives to help people we know and to help people we don't know. So we are not overpaid

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