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Old March 7th, 2013, 11:53 AM   #41
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One of the best welders I have ever worked with carried a flask at work with him every day, or he would get the shakes. He had a differant pair of his wifes panties in the front pocket of his bibbs with him every day. When he would finish a weld he would flip up his hood, take a nip, and swipe the sweat off his face with the panties, push them back in his bib pocket drop the shield and burn up rod.

Great, hard working guy. The company made money on him on every job, both sides were thankfull.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 11:55 AM   #42
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Old March 7th, 2013, 12:51 PM   #43
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Having a cherry stout that one of my co workers brewed as I sit here at my desk.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #44
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Believe it or not, while I've been at work in a few of the old school, built in the 1900s firehouses in Baltimore, around 10pm to this day, I still see the bottles start being brought out from time to time. You don't say anything if you halfway understand the meaning of "brotherhood". As long as it isn't the driver of the fire engine, putting the public at risk, the guys got each others back so fiercly, that people look the other way more often than not.

There used to be a blank button on some of the pop machines in the city. Yea, that was for the Natty Boh (local macrobrew......mediocre at best)

Some of these guys were/are excellent fireman at hard-as-nails houses too. Fire houses that saw A LOT of action, A LOT of fire, A LOT of shootings and you wouldn't believe some of the stuff that went on behind the closed doors. There still in some of those houses, are imprints on the lacquered finish of some of the wooden kitchen tables from the 6'' stiletto heels of some of the "after hours female visitors" earning a couple extra dollars from the boys.

Everyone still smokes pretty much anywhere in the firehouse besides the bunkrooms.

And you know what? It works. Unbelievably.

Even if a guy is loaded up, and he happens to get injured on the job, whether because he was drunk or not....the bonds and respect for the guys on the job from the hospital workers, nurses etc is crazy. There have been a few times where I've seen people try to be hung out to dry, or insurance not pay up and mysteriously, the blood alcohol report disappears.

Not saying I am defending it or not defending it, but it just amazes me. The respect the public has here still for their firefighters. You don't see it much in society to this level anymore. Countless times we have whiskey, vodka, beer etc delivered to the firehouse on behalf of someones house we save, or pet we pull out of their house, just to thank us.

The public knows we are the redheaded stepchild of city services that get shafted more often than not. We are severely underpaid, and understaffed. A lot of guys work more at the fire station than they are home. And on their days off they have to work a second job in many cases to make ends meet. This leaves little time for any sort of chilling out.

Ive been told up and down about all of the worst case scenarios that this could cause, but honestly, unless youve been there, in someone elses shoes, you have no room to talk.

Worst case scenario:
Gong gets rung at 330 AM. Structure Fire with fire blowing out the second floor windows. The guy I'm humpin hose into this house with to fight the fire smells like booze. Room starts to light off and ceiling collapses on me. Hoseline burns through or has no water. I'm buried. It's hot. Real hot. Boozed up guy goes to work through thick and thin when a lot of lesser guys would have turned back and gets me out of the shit.

If he does his job and it doesnt affect him, I could give 2 fucks what some Human Resources danny do gooder says who's never been in that guys shoes. Hell sometime I think about how it impairs yur pain receptors and can understand why some guys at the busy houses might get a little tweaked up before a good hot shitter.....it just might help you to be able to stand the heat and the smoke and the burning in your nose and watery eyes and running nose and the embers that seem to always make their way down your coat collar.
Yeah, that's my favorite episode of Rescue Me too.

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Worst case scenario:
Gong gets rung at 330 AM. Structure Fire with fire blowing out the second floor windows. The guy I'm humpin hose into this house with to fight the fire smells like booze. Room starts to light off and ceiling collapses on me. Hoseline burns through or has no water. I'm buried. It's hot. Real hot. Boozed up guy goes to work through thick and thin when a lot of lesser guys would have turned back and gets me out of the shit.
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I can think of many more worst case "what ifs" that being slightly inebriated could cause...all of them not being good.
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I think it all depends on the profession. A firefighter drinking on the job brings a big WTF!? Someone working with heavy machinery or tools also brings WTF to my mind while me, a stupid network engineer, it doesn't matter as much.

I mean if I get drunk the worst I can do is start typing posts the grammar police will freak out on.
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I can think of many more worst case "what ifs" that being slightly inebriated could cause...all of them not being good.
Definitely agree. Back in the 50's, 2 fire apparatus in northwest Baltimore collided and 4 firefighters were killed. Course that was back in the days of riding the step like a garbage man and having open cabs with no seat belts. Common sense ruled strong back then before superduper safety this and that go shoved down the professions throat.

But I do agree that it is not an excuse, as a fvckup here is potentially a lot worse than a fvckup on many other jobs...

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I think it all depends on the profession. A firefighter drinking on the job brings a big WTF!? Someone working with heavy machinery or tools also brings WTF to my mind while me, a stupid network engineer, it doesn't matter as much.

I mean if I get drunk the worst I can do is start typing posts the grammar police will freak out on.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 05:20 PM   #48
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Every time I order a beer from the aiport bar I get funny looks. Some passengers get so angry that I start to feel a bit nervous and I don't bother finishing.

Prudes.

Knives on planes? Ha! After a few tall ones at work I let rifles on planes!




I'm just kidding. If you think I am serious, get fucked.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 05:57 PM   #49
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Every time I order a beer from the aiport bar I get funny looks. Some passengers get so angry that I start to feel a bit nervous and I don't bother finishing.

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Knives on planes? Ha! After a few tall ones at work I let rifles on planes!




I'm just kidding. If you think I am serious, get fucked.
As long as you don't let scary black guns or scary black knives on the planes I'm okay with it.
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As long as you don't let scary black guns or scary black knives on the planes I'm okay with it.
With contoured handles of course, those are really dangerous.
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Old March 7th, 2013, 09:44 PM   #51
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I'm sitting on some Gardner-White furniture too!
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I think drinking at work = zero integrity. No matter what the profession. It shows you are a truly weak, stupid person, with no respect for yourself, or the fact that others may be relying on you.
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I think drinking at work = zero integrity. No matter what the profession. It shows you are a truly weak, stupid person, with no respect for yourself, or the fact that others may be relying on you.
I'll drink to that! At work of course!
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