IamA Firefighter. AMA!
(Censored to protect myself and my service)
I've been in the job for what feels like forever. I've seen things I want to forget, and done things I hope I remember forever.
If there's anything you'd like to know about the job, fire safety or Bitcoin, ask me anything!
EDIT 3: I've seen a few comments starting with "I'm not sure if this is dead, but..."
I'll continue to answer all questions. Don't worry. If there's something you'd like to ask me directly, feel free to DM me.
EDIT: PSA - check your smoke alarms. They may save your life.
EDIT 2: List of good points and some TL;DR from the discussions below - will be updated on an ongoing basis:
- As well as smoke alarms, get a carbon monoxide detector.
- Put smoke alarms on the ceiling.
- Carbon monoxide, place it near to the combustion area (anything which has burning or combustion)
- Don't use block adaptors
- Heated pads/electrical blankets are fine to use, but not overnight or for a prolonged period of time.
- Bitcoins are fireproof.
- Fire fighters are underpaid (at least in the UK) - the salary is around £29,000 per year gross.
- Fire fighter, not fireman - a small difference, but you never hear people saying "firewomen".
- There aren't enough female fire fighters.
- My work schedule is a 48 hour shift. This consists of two 10 hour day shifts, followed by two 14 hour night shifts, then 4 days off.
- Don't overload your adapters.
- My top tips on becoming a fire fighters: -Learn what it takes to become a fire fighter (check the PQAs). -Become a volunteer first aider. -Visit your local fire station. -Get fit.
- NEVER TRY TO FIGHT A FIRE. GET OUT. STAY SAFE.
- Paper fire lanterns are a hazard - try not to use them. Or just keep them under control and put them out.