Things To Know Before Dating A Firefighter

Things To Know Before Dating A Firefighter

You'll learn how to tell the difference between different kinds of sirens.
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There are just certain things you are going to want to know before dating a fireman. In my experience, I had to learn along the way. But at the end of all the calls, constantly smelling his gear in the car and sometimes even cancelled plans, I sure do love my firefighter!

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You were promised a list, so here it is:

1. If they are even within 20 minutes of the station, they will always leave you to go on a call.

No matter the circumstances, if you have a fireman on your hands, he will jet to the car and be on his way.

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2. Meeting nights are not something you try and fight with them about. They are going to leave and you do not have to like it because it wasn't up to you anyway.

I have learned that these nights are not optional. Yes, other people miss them, but not my firefighter.

3. No matter where you are or what you're doing the minute they hear a firetrucks horn, they're looking for it and hoping they're not missing anything good.

You will learn the lingo. Structures, fully involved (the good stuff) smoke alarms, cat in a tree (ehh I mean they are fireman...soooo still good stuff).

4. They know the exact difference between an ambulance, cop, and, of course, a fire truck siren.

Which means that you will have to learn, too.

5. You’ll have to accept that when he has to do hall rental cleanup, you're going with to help.

You fold the chairs and he stacks them. And Im talking at like 12 a.m.,1 a.m.

6. When you come around the firehouse, there will be jokes made and they'll mess with him about you or even you about him.

Honestly it's a giant bromance going on and they prey on this kinda stuff.

7. At first, you won't really have a name to the fire guys. Until you're around long enough.

You'll just be Boyfriend's name's girlfriend.

8. The fire pager goes where he goes.

Next to the bed, in the car, next to your bed, your living room, EVERYWHERE. And even if it's not the real pager, it's the dog app that I can never remember the name of so dog app it is. (Say that really fast to get the full effect).

9. They will probably wear their station shirt/apparel at least 4-5 days a week.

AT LEAST.

10. If you've got a good one, you're always put first. The list will always go "You, the firehouse, me, everyone else."

But secretly they always want to put the firehouse first.

11. You will learn and know more stations, trucks, members, and chiefs than you will ever want to admit.

Unbelievably true.

12. When you're driving and you see a fire station, you'll have to look at it.

If its an amazing building, you'll have to remember the name. And then you'll have to tell him about it. And then you've just proved number 11 correct. Add it to your list.

13. Never make plans while he's on a call. You can never know when he'll be back.

Even if the calls are short, they could stay at least another hour washing the trucks and being boys, of course.

14. In case you didn't understand the severity of the first one, if you are on the phone and you hear the pager go off in the background, just tell him you love him and hang up.

Because if you don't, he will. "Got a call, Love you, bye." Mid-sentence is always what you want to hear.

15. You'll never want to watch "Ladder 49" again.

You will cry like a baby and then want to make him quit.

16. Outside of the stations, fireman tend to forget that fire isn't a toy and it's pretty damn hot.

*Playing with the lighter fluid or burning things on the stove*
"No it's alright, I'm a firefighter."

17. You will start your own station shirt collection.

From NYFD memorial shirts, a station from where you're vacationing even acquired old shirts of his, you will have started your own pile of station shirts.

18. You can't get angry or upset when he is unavailable because he's going to go to the firehouse for the fifth time that week, or if there's another fire prevention thing to do.

You can't be mad because he's doing what he loves and also because a man in a uniform isn't too shabby.

There are a lot more things to know before dating a fireman, but the rest you'll just have to learn along the way.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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21 Lorelai Gilmore Quotes To Lean On When Leaving Your mom For College

Solidarity, sister.

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Lorelai Gilmore is easily one of television's most beloved mothers.

Between her coffee addiction and rapid-fire verbal sparring, what's not to love? She is supportive and encouraging of Rory and is always on her side. If there's one thing I admire most about the Lorelais, it's their fierce independence. That independence, however, does not apply to their relationship with one another. Especially when faced with leaving for college, every girl leans on their mom for support.

From relationship advice to advice on what to wear, our moms are always there for us. When our real-life moms can't be with us, at least we have these Lorelai Gilmore words of wisdom to help us through.

1. "You have so many years of screw-ups ahead of you."

We're young, it's our time to make mistakes and learn from them. Thank god our moms can remind us that they're not the end of the world.

2. "If you're gonna throw your life away, he'd better have a motorcycle."

If you're gonna date someone your mom disapproves of, you may as well go all in. The good news is that even though she may not like him, she'll always love you. And she'll be there to say "I told you so" if/when you break up.

3. "I am the Oracle, I carry all the knowledge."

Mother knows best, after all.

4. "I'm afraid that once your heart's involved, it all comes out in moron."

Our mothers taught us everything they know about flirting.

5. "Behold the healing powers of a bath."

When you're having a rough day, always remember that baths can fix anything.

6. "You have to sleep, it's what keeps you pretty."

Sleep sleep sleep! And when you think you've slept enough, sleep some more!

7. "Hey, maybe instead of going to college, you should drop out and I could quit my job and we can form an all-girl band with Lane, you know, like Bananarama. We could call it Tangerinarama or Banana-fana-fo-fana-rama…or something."

Just so you know there's a backup plan in case college doesn't work out.

8. "I love you. You're the greatest kid in the world. And you're in a skirt, keep your knees closed."

Keeping it classy with a little bit of advice from our moms.

9. "Bad girls always wear red nail polish."

Nothing says "come hither" like some red nail polish.

10. "Nothing says coffee like 6:00 in the morning."

Coffee is the key to success in college.

11. "I don't like Mondays but unfortunately, they always come around eventually."

Mondays suck, it's just a fact.

12. "It's all any of us wants, to find a nice person to hang out with 'til we drop dead. Not a lot to ask."

Criteria number one for potential relationships: is the other person nice?

13. "Relationships need verbs."

Love is about doing stuff.

14. "We're almost there & nowhere near it. All that matters is that we're going!"

You've come a long way, but you've still got a long way to go. It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.

15. "One day I decided that instead of being hurt and upset by your disapproval, I'm gonna be amused. I'm gonna find it funny. I'm even going to take a little bit of pleasure in it."

Not everyone will approve of what you're doing, but the important thing is that you don't let them get under your skin.

16. "You will kick your own butt later if you blow this."

Keep going even when you don't think you'll make it. You'll always regret not trying.

17. "Saturday is the day of pre-rest. So that way when you actually get to Sunday, you're rested enough to enjoy your rest."

Take advantage of your weekends and sleep!

18. "I'm attracted to pie. It doesn't mean I feel the need to date pie."

You don't have to date every attractive guy you see.

19. "Get back in your pajamas, go to bed, eat nothing but gallons of ice cream and tons of pizza."

It's okay to be heartbroken, and you're allowed to mope a bit.

20. "We can't be lost; we don't know where we're going."

Everything happens for a reason, even if it doesn't fit into your plans.

21. "Solidarity, sister."

Your mom always has your back. That's what moms are for.

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