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Forcey the Bear is an inside joke within CalFire (California State Fire department). It even has its own Facebook that comes out in the summer time to post jokes and memes about their firefighters getting forced.

Since CalFire is a state agency when you get forced you may be forced in a battalion that is not yours however they keep you in your county.

Due to the extreme fires and shortage of firefighter medics in CA their medics are being forced or put into staffing patterns which means all their days off are now scheduled shifts that you have to work. So you may work three days at station 10 and the forth day you are at station 51 which could be 200 miles away.
I'm familiar with CalFire's predilection for mandatory OT, but 115 miles away? Hope you get compensated for that, such BS.

Apparently my new employer mandatoried people like crazy for the past two years, but since they've hired a bunch (I was the last one to get hired to get us all the way to full strength), and with that OT isn't around much so people really try to pick it up. Probably will get forced on Christmas or whatever, oh well. Gonna be here anyway. What I really don't get is how they expect to force me in the middle of my four day. If I'm in the middle of the woods every four day, isn't that my prerogative? The Lt doing my orientation was like yea....you have a point.
 

StCEMT

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Forcey the Bear is an inside joke within CalFire (California State Fire department). It even has its own Facebook that comes out in the summer time to post jokes and memes about their firefighters getting forced.

Since CalFire is a state agency when you get forced you may be forced in a battalion that is not yours however they keep you in your county.

Due to the extreme fires and shortage of firefighter medics in CA their medics are being forced or put into staffing patterns which means all their days off are now scheduled shifts that you have to work. So you may work three days at station 10 and the forth day you are at station 51 which could be 200 miles away.
Yeah, no.
 

CALEMT

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I'm familiar with CalFire's predilection for mandatory OT, but 115 miles away? Hope you get compensated for that, such BS.
I get to charge the drive from the station where I came from and the drive back. I also get to charge for food.

Also it’s not normal practice to get forced so far away from my battalion... I just happened to be 1/8 paramedics going off duty the other day in the whole county.
 

RocketMedic

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Closed escrow, I am officially a homeowner.
Get that warranty lol. Saved my bacon when the water heater went out and the A/C needed servicing.

With that being said, will never own a home again that's more than 30 years old.
 

GMCmedic

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Get that warranty lol. Saved my bacon when the water heater went out and the A/C needed servicing.

With that being said, will never own a home again that's more than 30 years old.
And make sure the HVAC company or other repair person accepts the warranty before they do the work.
 

CALEMT

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Get that warranty lol. Saved my bacon when the water heater went out and the A/C needed servicing.

With that being said, will never own a home again that's more than 30 years old.
I got the seller tp pay for a year subscription for a home warranty.
 

Akulahawk

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Get that warranty lol. Saved my bacon when the water heater went out and the A/C needed servicing.

With that being said, will never own a home again that's more than 30 years old.
I very much agree with this. Just make sure to read the policy exclusions and just how long you must wait before coverage actually begins. I have had similar issues (and my house was just 12 years old at the time) and the warranty also helped tremendously. It easily can be the best couple hundred bucks you spend every year to renew... If you have to replace some major appliances, A/C, water heater, etc, you can quickly recover any money you have put into the warranty renewal.
 

Akulahawk

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And make sure the HVAC company or other repair person accepts the warranty before they do the work.
Many times when you submit a request for service, the warranty company sends out repair companies/people that they're affiliated with. Just be sure...
I got the seller tp pay for a year subscription for a home warranty.
And make sure you renew that darned thing! You might not see a problem with any covered stuff for a few years but when you do, what you get can actually result in effectively getting your money back and then some. Just read the fine print. Some items are covered 50% or some such thing, but that's a HUGE discount from getting it repaired/replaced all on your own dime. I know...
 

VentMonkey

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Absolutely to all of this. We just had our washer flood our entire house earlier this year. We spent the better half of 2 months with no floors until the humidity levels were low enough for the flooring folks to reinstall new floors.

Out of pocket we paid a couple hundred if that. We ended up with whole new floors and carpet throughout our house, new baseboards, and even some of our new washer and dryer covered by our home insurance.

Living in the Central Valley we’re pretty routine about having the A/C folks come out annually for an inspection as well. It’s all worth it in the end. Hiccups are better than major repairs any day.
 

StCEMT

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I'm one intubation, three defibrillations, and a needle decompression deep into this shift and I'm not even done....I think for the sake of this city, I need to be far, far away. 😂
 

Qulevrius

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Closed escrow, I am officially a homeowner.
On the subject of water heaters. If your new house has an electrical boiler, I wholeheartedly recommend replacing it ASAP with a tankless gas operated one. I’ve installed it in ours within a month of moving in. It’s gonna cost you somewhere around $800 (if you do it yourself), but the savings will compound many times over. Our electrical bill went down approximately 15% for a household of 3, and it’s an instant hot water - well, within about 60 sec - that never runs out as long as the tap is running.

Another thing I strongly recommend is a RO water filtration system. Again, install it yourself for less than $300 and enjoy your water having 15-20 ppi (as opposed to 250-300 with a regular tap).
 

Jim37F

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Great... yesterday instead of running errands I stayed in, no traffic issues... now today I head into town, and now there's accidents on like every main road, and Waze and Google Maps are both saying its gonna take 30 min just to drive 2 miles....
 

DesertMedic66

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Great... yesterday instead of running errands I stayed in, no traffic issues... now today I head into town, and now there's accidents on like every main road, and Waze and Google Maps are both saying its gonna take 30 min just to drive 2 miles....
I thought you guys just used surf boards to get places
 

Tigger

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Second "MCI" in as many shifts. My ambulance goes mutual aid as the second due, arrives first, discovers that the first due engine and ambulance won't be making it as all lanes are blocked and there are no shoulders and the lanes are super narrow. The most lonely feeling being on the highway with nine patients and no one but some state troopers for help for 20 minutes.

This summer is going to be longer than I thought...
 

StCEMT

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Great... yesterday instead of running errands I stayed in, no traffic issues... now today I head into town, and now there's accidents on like every main road, and Waze and Google Maps are both saying its gonna take 30 min just to drive 2 miles....
Just walk, I know the Army got you rucking at a 15min/mi pace lol.
 

StCEMT

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Second "MCI" in as many shifts. My ambulance goes mutual aid as the second due, arrives first, discovers that the first due engine and ambulance won't be making it as all lanes are blocked and there are no shoulders and the lanes are super narrow. The most lonely feeling being on the highway with nine patients and no one but some state troopers for help for 20 minutes.

This summer is going to be longer than I thought...
And this is one of many reasons car accidents are among my least favorite to run.
 

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And this is one of many reasons car accidents are among my least favorite to run.
Having a nice long stretch of the interstate in my area I would agree. Plus I hate having traffic blow by at 80+mph a couple feet away.
 
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