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SAAS / Re: SAAS Retained?
« on: January 29, 2008, 06:14:01 AM »
I must have missed the memo on not seeing gory stuff last week :roll: :-P

I think I've cleared this up now. I said its simply easier to distance yourself not spending a whole lot of time having hands on / usually constant voice contact with the casualty. I've said 3 times I participate in the role in all 3 capacities, you still see the same things. Perhaps an elementary reading/comprehension course is in order, because it seems there's a remarkable amount of people who read what they want to out of a passage and miss the point.

Fire Fighter Training / Re: CABA soccer
« on: January 22, 2008, 06:32:02 AM »
Greco-Roman Wrestling... Actually, what a horrifying idea!

All Equipment discussion / Re: dummies
« on: January 22, 2008, 06:30:50 AM »

Great dummies, ours are gems. I like the impaled bloke and the blast vitcim. All good for training excercises.

That being suggested, I can think of one or two people who don't actually serve other purposes you could borrow if needed  :wink:

Government has forced Telstra to postpone the closure of CDMA til the end of August 2008... Surprise Surprise.

April actually, it's a 90 day extension (for political purposes of course).

Actually, this is more correct than one might think. THe minister for Broadband and TElecommunications has already recognised that the footprint for Next G spans the same area, and the people who complain about reception are generally those who have 20 dollar phone plans with crappy hardware. You really do get what you pay for...

The delay is to assist "like for like" migration to the next G network for the outliers. This being said, i'd advise people to actually make the switch because if it isn't done by the 28th of April, your number will go in to quarantine and since section IV of the contract is being voided by lack of co operation you can  actually have a whole lot of other problems.

SAAS / Re: SAAS Retained?
« on: January 14, 2008, 03:59:22 PM »
Just a small comment Smallflame "In CFS/SES you can distance yourself somewhat from the blood and gore," Who do you think cleans up the mess after you guys leave - including the ones beyond your help & the mess you guys leave :wink:.
And we are normally in there with the paramedics as there isn't that many of you guys is there?
So incentives hey - tell us more, I would be interested in what they are considerng since the same problems that affect SAAS affect SAMFS retained, CFS & SES. $5.00 a job? sounds like a real deal :-D.
Anyway good luck with it cheers

Chook, I'm in all 3... Mind you, I think most of the goriest stuff I've done has been with CFS and SES.. SES probably the worst. Was speaking from experience though, mentally its easier to distance one's self in orange or yellow because you don't have to develop too much of a rapport(yes, primary entry you do develop something of one.. before someone jumps on that too) so its easier not to think too much about whats going on.

The age thing is also because we get to administer some pretty interesting things. I mean, as is CFS and SES I've probably used just oxygen in those roles, SAAS we're (under consult in most cases) allowed to administer Midazolam ,Diazepam, Penthrane (the green whistle), salbutamol, Epinepherine (adrenaline) and several other cool bits and pieces. I guess its something of a responsibility thing; I'm not keen on having half hte people I know stick a needle in me, intermuscular or not... I'd  be even less pleased with someone in highschool standing over me with a syringe!

I'd make the assumption also they're hoping for a higher level of maturity, rather than people who still find themselves dying seeing someone naked etc.

Incentives for SAAS are looking like subsidised Study, or the opportunity to go beyond the usual Cert IV in Basic Emergency Care. These however seem like rumours, though this was directly from the horse's mouth.

SAAS / Re: SAAS Retained?
« on: January 14, 2008, 06:27:04 AM »
i dont understand why the age to volunteer with SAAS if higher then what it is for CFS or even SES.
does anyone know why?

A) You need a license to drive and B) I'd suggest you're going to see a whole lot more nasty trauma.

YEp, 100% correct. In CFS/SES you can distance yourself somewhat from the blood and gore, SAAS, you're probably going to be wrist deep until someone more qualified gets there, even then you don't HAVE to hand over...

The minimum age stipulations is because you have to have a FULL c class license, or it makes training very difficult. I didn't come off my P's until the last week we had to complete our driving log (8 hours, at least 2 at night). It makes things difficult if you can't drive the ambulance, especially if you are the least qualified to deal with teh casualty

SAAS / Re: SAAS Retained?
« on: January 14, 2008, 06:20:02 AM »
Where is smallflame.. she should be able to answer about the SAAS reimbursing vollies.

prehaps ashamed? heard smallflame hasnt done a lot recently.

Clever, Country kid. Commenting where you have little or no idea.. Perpetuating rumours, wherever you may have heard it from, is not particularly intelligent. However, feel free to actually contribute to the volunteering rather than sidelining and throwing threads into disarray with idiocy. On the bright side, we've obviously found spellcheck. At least thats something to be proud of today. :wink:

We're reimbursed for petrol if we're out of area, and for a meal. If you're within the catchment area there's a $5 payment per case attended during a shift. If you have to leave work as part of a second crew, you usually have to be within the catchment area to be viable to take out the second vehicle, and thereby recieve compensation to have left work. There's no point leaving if you're working in North Adelaide and need to get back to Goolwa for a cat 2!

Yes, there are issues crewing country stations, and there will continue to be seeing as people have less and less time to give to the community. There are incentives being discussed, but all up in the air as far as last time I heard anything.

Good timing...

1908919 19:31:55 22-12-07 FIVE PERSONS REQUIRED FOR B SHIFT PLEASE PHONE 0438801329
MBKR: Mt Barker (Station 127) CFS Brigade Page - Admin/Info

19:34:57 22-12-07 MFS: INC # 121 - 22/12/07 19:34,RESPOND Vehicle Accident,NORTH RD,NAIRNE, MAP 162 A 8 ,,CORNER SYDNEY RD CAR INTO CREEK,MBKR19 NAIR00*CFSRES:
MBKR: Mt Barker (Station 127) CFS Brigade Page - Response

Darn straight it was... B shift starts at 20:00!

Fire Fighter Training / Re: CABA soccer
« on: January 04, 2008, 05:50:23 AM »
CABA "Marks Up" works well until the first person decides to add tackling... :wink:

SA Firefighter General / Re: Ammusing pager message.
« on: January 03, 2008, 08:27:58 AM »
1925588 13:50:45 02-01-08 MT71 U WILL RESPECT MY AUTHORITAH SAAS Mitcham

 :roll: Sounds like somebody has been watching too much South Park  :lol:

I don't know what they're putting in the water distributed at the moment... Perhaps the new blue uniforms have some other contaminants! Been fairly blunt lately!

Then came these 2 pager messages for the TRURO brigade  :|



Because one, all encompassing page wasn't funny enough!

SA Firefighter General / Re: Responding on other brigades/units trucks
« on: December 23, 2007, 07:56:47 AM »
There was a nice puff piece in the Sunday Mail today (23/12/07) about CFS crew shortages during the day. With this in mind: if you need a crewmember or two and youre about to take the truck out and someone rocks up with their PPE and some ID, whack 'em on the truck and give them a less intensive role. filtered, if you have to take trucks out of two areas to get a crew, take who you can get.

I know there are people in my own crew who I wouldn't trust with a simple task, much less with my life, but there are ways of working around that situation.

Beggars can't be choosers. We are all here for the same job. We are all "brothers". Seriously, you might be turning away the Firefighter Of The Year just because you don't know them. Put 'em on a lollipop... it frees up one of your regular crew to do a more trusted job.

I like this idea. Then again, a Lollypop IS sort of large and heavy. They can still stuff that up  :-P

SA Firefighter General / Re: what do you want for xmas
« on: December 18, 2007, 06:29:30 AM »
-New Holmatro RCR gear
-New Vertical gear with the Non-Bitey type of krabs
-Lots of food
-Another pumper
-Decent motorbike
-No food poisoning from the group BBQ

EDIT: Oh yeah, and less fat PBI. Mine is so badly fitted that I look even MORE like the Michelin man than intended!

SA Firefighter General / Re: Is there a WRONG reason to get involved?
« on: December 04, 2007, 05:50:20 AM »
Depends if that "wrong reason" is going to impact badly on other members  or safety.
We have at various times discouraged potential recruits who had uncontrolled (& possibly uncontrollable) red light fever.  Straight-out safety issue.

Also the chap who was into stompfen feet und clicken heels und at 19:31 vanted to know vhy all 30 members mentioned on ze veb-site vere not prezent und accounted for in zere sparklingk kleen univorms wen ze ztartingk time ist kleerly stated az 19:30 hours.  Decided he probably wouldn't fit in & suggested the army instead. Last I heard the army wasn't too keen either...

See, zer is danger involved no? Was just a point of discussion I guess. Since its recruitment season it sort of beccame an open discussion on "members of the past who didn't stay that long..." and "where do we want our brigade to move on to in future"

SA Firefighter General / Re: Is there a WRONG reason to get involved?
« on: December 03, 2007, 04:14:33 PM »
well if your a pyro then that may be the wrong reason to join... lol

but seriously, if someone has the skills, ability, commitment and enthusiasm to participate actively within the brigade, then regardless of there personal reasons for joining, it is beneficial to the briagde.

we had a couple come along to try and join so that they could complete community service for there workplace, for some accreditation then they were just gonna leave... needless to say that is the wrong reason.

This is sort of what I meant... A few of the examples sited in our discussions were something like the latter, and lacking in the aforementioned ability, skills and commitment,  even the enthusiasm (ie. Down to "I'm not going if .... isn't going" mentality. I guess they're the kind of people we're trying to steer well clear of. Having encountered quite a few of the kind with no enthusiasm who hang around anyway, trying to shape recruitment to somehow attract the "Right" kind of people...

Yes, you can work on people lacking skills, but people lacking dedication, who are there fundamentally for the wrong reason can't really be helped out that much, and after a point, do they not become a liability, especially if they make it clear that they are not happy in the position regularly...

SA Firefighter General / Is there a WRONG reason to get involved?
« on: December 03, 2007, 06:04:54 AM »
Ladies and gentlemen,

A topic that has been under debate and scrutiny lately external to forum life is the question "Is there a wrong reason to get involved?"

While a lot of people pop up straight away and think yes, do you think past it to the point of "its an extra backside on a seat?" or do you find that people who have questionable motives display questionable dedication, or perhaps conditional?

This has been a matter of discussion, seeing as its a great season to be recruiting, but at the same time, discussing who make the 'right' kind of team members: the kind who don't make a scene, don't revel in conflict and will provide some degree of assistance and contribute to the improvement of the team itself.

Its provided a few interesting answers aloud, just thought it was a decent idea for discussion/debate.

All Equipment discussion / Re: T-Shirts Warning
« on: November 28, 2007, 05:06:38 PM »
Now being a 'devils advocate', does that mean the next layer of clothing under the t-shirt & pants needs to be cotton ????     :-P

The 'crown jewels' do not like heat or melted material either....

Now that would be an interesting clothing line for the Volunteers Association's or OH&S to sell        :wink:

Wait... you wear another layer of clothing?

You haven't lived until you've gone into a burning house with *nothing* on under your PPE

Birthday Suit :-P :lol:

The term, my good friend, is "Commando!"

*Do not go dressed this way to major road crashes. Chance is you will end up featured on newspaper with no bra/jocks/support areas supported... NOT a good look.

CFS? Well, I actually didn't know it was run by vollies at first, but once a couple of friends let me in on what had obviously run over my head I couldnt get into the local brigade fast enough! hehe, was on a waiting list for about a year. What keeps me there? The satisfaction of knowing we're great at what we do, helping the community and the friends I have made.

SES? Well, I started with the same juvenile, inbred attitude that comes with 90% of people in the CFS sadly, with the "Them and Us". I wasn't very vocal over it, however, one of the local unit managers was a family friend, and pretty much dared me to come along and give it a go, I loved it, and am still there! Same reasons I'm still with CFS pretty much!

SAAS once again I didnt know one could volunteer for, and its been a hard slog. At the moment there's not a whole lot of good reasons I'm with my current team, aside from the fact that I'm still helping out the community.

SAAS / Re: SAAS uniforms
« on: November 11, 2007, 09:40:14 PM »
ITs still a drab white on the inside... Sure there will be no problems..  :evil:

Hehe, except from when those suffering alcohol poisoning walk up to the back of it and projectile vomit at the pretty moving fluro lines...

SAAS / Re: SAAS uniforms
« on: November 10, 2007, 04:12:12 PM »
Wow, they look terrible. I'm glad that they are clearly labeled "Emergency Ambulance" to differentiate them from the many many other types of Ambulance you have patrolling around the streets.  :roll:

This was my point when I saw them... Then again I suppose it leaves them to make those of us who volunteer look like complete nuffers with "VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE" to scream "We're not as competant". This also leaves many low-brow jokes like some captain obvious labeling for the Maxi- Lift...

I like the way you think. We could label vehicles with their real jobs:


Maxi Lift Truck - "Fat Truck"
SOT - "Overpaid filtered"
SAMFS - "Paid filtered"
SACFS - "Unpaid mongs"
SACFS IMT Comms Bus "Holy filtered lookout, this incident is scrwed"

Wait... that last one could be applied to any vehicle carrying anyone from captain up!


I would like to see the 'fat truck' changed to "Horse Float".

In any case, the new paint job is interesting, its very UK, though i imagine if you were a casualty with any kind of nausea inducing illness or injury the brightness of it all might not help with the vomiting...

Other Government Agencies / Re: '000' answering process
« on: November 09, 2007, 06:38:19 AM »
I've called twice from mobiles in relatively recent times and its always been "Police, Fire or Ambulance", then a further request for location (state, Suburb)

SAAS / Re: SAAS uniforms
« on: November 09, 2007, 06:26:17 AM »
Wow, they look terrible. I'm glad that they are clearly labeled "Emergency Ambulance" to differentiate them from the many many other types of Ambulance you have patrolling around the streets.  :roll:

This was my point when I saw them... Then again I suppose it leaves them to make those of us who volunteer look like complete nuffers with "VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE" to scream "We're not as competant". This also leaves many low-brow jokes like some captain obvious labeling for the Maxi- Lift...

All Equipment discussion / Re: CFS Baseball Caps
« on: November 05, 2007, 06:35:05 AM »
they look crap...

Congratulations Captain input! Your valuable, grammarless contribution has made the thread!

The Humour Zone / Re: 25 Reasons I love my Mum
« on: October 19, 2007, 10:51:24 AM »
Hehe, it actually came as an email from my mum, with ".. I am so sorry" written underneath... I got it when i read it, all of those sayings are awfully familiar... :lol:

The Humour Zone / 25 Reasons I love my Mum
« on: October 18, 2007, 08:29:49 AM »
1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
 "You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
 "If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle of next week!"

 4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC
 "If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
 "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. "Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10 My mother taught me about STAMINA.
 "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

 11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
 "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

 12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
 "If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

 13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
 "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

 14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. "Stop acting like your father!"

 15. My mother taught me about ENVY. "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING.
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."

 19. My mother taught me ESP.
 "Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

 21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
 "Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

 24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
 "When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

 25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!"

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