Firefighting has very little in common with other occupations. We work the most unusual schedule you will ever find. We get paid to sleep (sometimes), and we can even clean our car while we are on the clock. These things are very unusual, and when you get involved with a firefighter there are a few things you need to know.
20 years ago this article would be focused on what a woman can expect when dating a fireman, today these tips also apply to a man dating a female firefighter.
Things have changed a lot in the last 30 years in the fire station. In the 80’s there were rules that specified the hours a female was allowed in the station, today we can’t have that rule because often there is a female spending the night, on duty.
Many bunk rooms were a big open room with several beds, no divider walls. Most stations today have a little more privacy with divider walls, and sometimes a separate sleeping area for females. Sleeping with a bunch of men had issues with snoring, but add a woman to the room of sleeping men and things take on a whole new meaning.
Being involved in serious situations causes a lot of stress. One way that we handle this stress is with what some would call a sick sense of humor. There a certain terms we use that might be a little offensive to you at first, but it is really just how we handle our stress. It might take you a while to get used to our humor, or you may never understand it. Just look at it as shop talk, nothing more.
When you are looking for something to do, I suggest something active. You won’t find many firefighters that spend a night with a book. Good things to try when dating a firefighter would be ziplining, or riding go carts. We like excitement and being outside. Sporting events are much better than a play or opera.
The hours we work are a little hard to get used to. If your date is a full time firefighter, there is a good chance he or she works 24 at a time and then has 48 hours off. A lot of times we are up a good part of the night and need a little catch up sleep the day after shift. If you get serious and decide to marry a firefighter, you can plan on only being in the same bed with them half of the time as every third night they will be sleeping at the firehouse.
That schedule also has a good side. Most people enjoy their day off on the weekend, that’s why everything is crowded. Firefighters get to enjoy time off during the week which can be great.
If you are going to try and impress a firefighter with your cooking, you will really need to do it right. Firefighters are used to some top notch cooking, and we almost always feel we have to give our opinion. Don’t be offended if we give you advice, it’s just the way we communicate.
Being a firefighter is a great job. Dating or marrying a firefighter can also be a great experience as long as you know what to expect. Missing your birthday might not be good, but sneaking away for an afternoon date can make up for that. Date a firefighter, you might like it.
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