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Jim37F

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I thought you were a smokeeat... I mean firefighter. Honolulu doesn't have fire apparatus engineers?
Yeah I'm a backseater lol, but sometimes the Engineers are out on vacation or whatever (or if the Capt is out, the Engineer bumps up and so does a FF). Sometimes you'll get an Overtime Capt or Engineer in in those cases, but not always.
Our Engineer actually took like 5-6 hours vacation just during the afternoon to go to his kids first basketball game. (Our vacation system is hourly, so it's not unheard of for guys to only take part of a shift off, especially for something relatively simple like that), so I was just covering down while he was out (though I have had a couple full shifts as Acting Engineer), he was actually supposed to be back like an hour, hour and a half or so before the call came in lol
 

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Yeah I'm a backseater lol, but sometimes the Engineers are out on vacation or whatever (or if the Capt is out, the Engineer bumps up and so does a FF). Sometimes you'll get an Overtime Capt or Engineer in in those cases, but not always.
Our Engineer actually took like 5-6 hours vacation just during the afternoon to go to his kids first basketball game. (Our vacation system is hourly, so it's not unheard of for guys to only take part of a shift off, especially for something relatively simple like that), so I was just covering down while he was out (though I have had a couple full shifts as Acting Engineer), he was actually supposed to be back like an hour, hour and a half or so before the call came in lol
Y'alls department is weird AF.
 

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What, we let people take vacation instead of mandatorying people for 14 days straight? 😋
I have 77 days of vacation this year thank you very much. Granted I'm not burning 77 days because we work a 72/96 I'm only burning 16 days because those are the shift days that I'm taking off... oh and also that 10 day bender I mentioned was all voluntary 😉
 

Jim37F

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Lol, we're capped, can only work 36 hours straight, and then have a minimum 8 hours off before can work again.

Supposedly, at least at certain stations, they've now authorized OT funds to "hire" someone on OT to staff that company at 5 guys, vs 4.

(5 is our official staffing level per company, but we don't have enough manpower for that, 90% of the time we're at 4man staffing, and more often than not the remainder is 3 man staffing, which is the minimum they'll keep a company in service)

Most of the time, the companies that actually have all 5 guys available (none are on vacation or sick or whatever) one of the FFs has to go relieve at a different station that only has 3 of their regular crew that day (most only have 4 guys actually assigned, with the 5th spot open, and someone called out or whatever), so the manpower is spread around a little bit at least.

Though since I've been in, we've managed to hire more recruits than people who've retired so we're closer to full staffing across the board, but not quite yet there.
 

Jim37F

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I swear I dont actually live at work, even if the evidence suggest otherwise (today is day 2 of our 4 days off, yesterday I held over for 12 hours, I'm back today for a 24hr OT shift, and I have a 12 hr OT shift scheduled for Sat lol)
 

GMCmedic

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Hola, back to work after a brief Anniversary trip to Gatlinburg. A lot of Florida plates down there, guess they chose to evacuate further North.
 

Jim37F

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Dam, they wanna raise my rent next month to $1,600/mo (granted its $1,500 right now so it's not a huge increase but still!) 🤬

Maybe I should Google "How to get a condo"...
 

Akulahawk

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I'll be getting mine in a few weeks... at work. Yay.
 

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