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Old 10-27-2016, 06:15 PM
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Chicago fire shi[f]ts

Hi after watching chicago fire i have been trying to figure out how the firehouse runs in terms of shi[f]ts, i know they do 24 hours shi[f]ts but whats happens when they arevnot there is there another shift that comes in, is it like this in actual firehouses

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Old 10-27-2016, 06:18 PM
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Well, that's an unfortunate set of typos.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:19 PM
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This is the best thread.

Something about bran*, maybe?

* other sources of dietary fibre are available

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Old 10-27-2016, 06:23 PM
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Haha sorry just read through, made me giggle..ill edit it
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:28 PM
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Haha sorry just read through, made me giggle..ill edit it
There's quite a short editing window on this board, so don't worry if you can't.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:31 PM
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Yea crnt figure out how to or if i can edit it :/ whoops
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:31 PM
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Oh man, 24 hours shits. That's gotta burn. They need to make sure they stay hydrated.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:33 PM
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It's a good thing they've got the hoses. Both to stay hydrated and for other reasons.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:38 PM
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IN the meantime, there is this thread from a few years back that addresses this question. ETA: Assuming you are asking about work hours and not bowel movement schedules.

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Old 10-27-2016, 06:47 PM
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I thought this thread was about the Chicago Sunroof.
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:52 PM
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Thankyou..it helped
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:09 PM
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"crnt"?
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:16 PM
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Firehouse chili leads to "fire shits".
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:19 PM
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Hi after watching chicago fire i have been trying to figure out how the firehouse runs in terms of shits, i know they do 24 hours shits but whats happens when they arevnot there is there another shift that comes in, is it like this in actual firehouses

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If I'm in the middle of a 24-hour fire shit, I'd make the replacement shift either wait or find another place to fire shit.
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:21 PM
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I had 24-hour shits once, when my appendix was in the process of rupturing. But I wasn't anywhere near Chicago.
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Old 10-27-2016, 07:43 PM
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Haha sorry just read through, made me giggle..ill edit it
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Yea crnt figure out how to or if i can edit it :/ whoops
You can't edit the title, or a post after 5 minutes, so I've done it for you.

I think it's going to be tough to get the thread back on track, though.

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Old 10-27-2016, 08:11 PM
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<anti-hijack> Do you mean if the new shi[f]t walks into the firehouse and no one's there and all the trucks are gone and all the radio frequencies are full of traffic? You'd think someone would be thoughtful enough to leave a note behind to say they're out fighting a fire, but I can't imagine it would be difficult to figure out. </anti-hijack>
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:15 PM
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Hi after watching chicago fire i have been trying to figure out how the firehouse runs in terms of shi[f]ts, i know they do 24 hours shi[f]ts but whats happens when they arevnot there is there another shift that comes in, is it like this in actual firehouses

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Do you mean, someone calls for help, but all firefighters are busy assisting with another fire elsewhere?

In that instance I suppose it would be tough luck for the 911 caller, unless another fire department (far away) can be routed over, or if the caller can just wait until the original firefighters do return.
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:21 PM
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Do you mean, someone calls for help, but all firefighters are busy assisting with another fire elsewhere?

In that instance I suppose it would be tough luck for the 911 caller, unless another fire department (far away) can be routed over, or if the caller can just wait until the original firefighters do return.
Some places will stage their trucks ... if the community 6 miles from here gets a call for a fire ... our crew will fire up our trucks and park between the two towns ... thus getting some coverage if another fire breaks out ...

Both departments are volunteer ... so any excuse to play with the toys ...
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:33 PM
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If ALL the firefighters in Chicago are busy, we're blaming the cow again. We have a lot of firefighters, at a lot of different houses. 4500 at last count.

But, theoretically, then the surrounding 'burbs will send help.
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:50 PM
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Do you mean, someone calls for help, but all firefighters are busy assisting with another fire elsewhere?

In that instance I suppose it would be tough luck for the 911 caller, unless another fire department (far away) can be routed over, or if the caller can just wait until the original firefighters do return.
Illinois has a mutual aid pact between fire departments called the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MBAS). 1,175 of the state’s 1,246 fire departments belong to MABAS plus the cities of St Louis and Milwaukee. They have pre-defined protocols and arrangements for dealing with statewide emergency declarations as well as day-to-day assistance requests.

For example, during a 2004 downtown high-rise fire in Chicago, 22 suburban fire departments moved into Chicago fire houses to replace the units handling the downtown fire and answered service calls in the city.
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:00 PM
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Just a quick note about the edited OP: because vBulletin simply ignores anything within a post in brackets if it isn't a vB command, the mouseover displays the text of OP without the inserted characters. I don't mind, but some others might.
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:23 PM
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My dad's a retired firefighter. I'll ask him next time I talk to him.

I'm pretty sure the crew coming on stays at the station, and the old crew stays at the site until they're finished.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:51 AM
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I think it's going to be tough to get the thread back on track, though.

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Old 10-28-2016, 11:04 AM
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Illinois has a mutual aid pact between fire departments called the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MBAS). 1,175 of the state’s 1,246 fire departments belong to MABAS plus the cities of St Louis and Milwaukee. They have pre-defined protocols and arrangements for dealing with statewide emergency declarations as well as day-to-day assistance requests.

For example, during a 2004 downtown high-rise fire in Chicago, 22 suburban fire departments moved into Chicago fire houses to replace the units handling the downtown fire and answered service calls in the city.
Mutual aid can help but even without it (just within the city jurisdiction for example) when one fire station is emptied because everybody goes out on a big call, the dispatchers will get staffing and sometimes equipment from nearby stations over to the empty one to maintain coverage. It happens as a matter of course, standard procedure rather than waiting until the station is literally empty or waiting until shift change.

Also, most Fire, EMT and dispatchers that I knew when I worked for a county 911 agency lived and breathed emergency services so they all had scanners at home and radios in their car. They always knew what was going on at all times even when off duty.
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Old 10-28-2016, 09:29 PM
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Also, most Fire, EMT and dispatchers that I knew when I worked for a county 911 agency lived and breathed emergency services so they all had scanners at home and radios in their car. They always knew what was going on at all times even when off duty.
That was true of my relatives who worked in public safety, too.

And if some big problem happened when they were off duty, they would just go in to work to see if they were needed, before the dispatcher ever got around to calling them in.

I think this is common -- I remember that many of the 9/11 rescuers had been off dutym, but came in to help.
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