04/05/07 100 W - + 9 - 11 The Phone Call

From a discussion started at a station last night, where were you and what were you doing when you "got the call?" That is, the offer of a full-time firefighter position in Raleigh, Cary, etc.? Mike was working at a traffic reporting company, and was sitting in the studio the day of the call. Might have been morning. He was fresh from college and working a pair of side jobs as well, clerk at a copy center and Sunday evening board operator at an AM radio station. The starting salary of $18,327 (if memory serves) seemed a fortune.

I came home from my job as a welder (3.25 per hour…about $6,800.00 per year…I was making the bucks!) on a Friday evening and there was a note to call the fire chief at RDU. I got the message at 7 that night so I had to go find a pay phone around 10 on Monday morning (I had to drive about 5 miles from the job site). I started 2 weeks later. Whopping big salary of $8,735.00 annually (I still have the original check stub…$238.39 after taxes for a two week pay period). That first day I was issued a cotton duck turnout coat that was too big, a pair of turnout pants that were 8” too short, a pair of size 9 fire boots (I needed size 11), a pair of ancient asbestos gloves, and a fiberglass Bullard fire helmet without earflaps (I still have the helmet).
DJ (Email) - 04/05/07 - 18:16

I was working at another fire department in the county and had to find a secluded spot in the fire station to talk to Chief Lynn.
JD - 04/05/07 - 19:33

Well I First got hired at Durham Highway Full-Time right out of High School on A-shift, but while I was working there covering on C-shift we had gone to Raleigh Station 23 for dinner, While we were there just after starting to eat, my cell phone rang and it was Chief. Bunnell he offered me a Job with the City of Durham Fire Department and needless to say I took it.
KM (Email) - 04/05/07 - 21:40

I was working 3rd shift security at Glaxo in Zebulon. 3rd shift worked from midnight to 8am. I was passed out asleep when Capt. Matthews called. He asked me did I want a job with RFD. I asked him to hold on a second. I thought I was dreaming and asked him to repeat the question because I was asleep. Needless to say I couldn’t go back to sleep that day!
Jason Lane - 04/05/07 - 23:41

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