Not too long ago, an acquaintance asked me why in the world I became a volunteer firefighter. Why would someone run into a burning building just to put the “wet stuff on the red stuff”? Was it for the excitement?; the challenges?; the camaraderie? My response, “You know, after 40 years, I really don’t have a good answer”. Why do some people volunteer and others do not?
In my case, it just seemed to happen. What attracted me to the Hudson New Hampshire Volunteer Fire Department in 1972 has been lost, but I know that it started me down a path of firefighting and public service that is now thoroughly ingrained in my being. It has influenced in both positive and negative ways our entire family. It is just the way it is.
So, over the next weeks and months I will use this forum to ramble through 40 years of experiences, reactions, situations, and things that interest me and just might interest you, the reader. It will be a wide assortment of topics. Items can range from being an EMT, being a leader, job related stresses, impact on the family, lessons learned, incident management and current topics of interest in the fire service. I doubt that I will stick to any particular theme, thus the name “Ramblings” I will share my thoughts and I hope you will share yours.
Stay tuned! My next topic, “My very first Lesson Learned – the hard way”
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In 1972 Chief Terry Dun (Ret) joined the Hudson NH Volunteer Fire Department. After moving to Shelburne, MA in 1974, he joined the Shelburne Volunteer Department, retiring as Chief in 2011. Chief Dun serves as a Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Northwest Mass Incident Management Team and currently serves as the Team’s Deputy Leader. Chief Dun remains a member of the Western Mass Homeland Security Council’s Interoperable Communications committee and has actively pursued the development of a robust public safety communications capability in Western Mass.