We asked you, our Facebook fans, earlier this month to share with us the moment that you no longer were a probie. Here are some of your top answers.
" When I was able to take command and drive the trucks." - Travis Braxton Dyer
"One year in, after a good job when my Senior Tailboard gave me my Saint Florian pendant." - Brandon Ethridge
"When I was able to tell someone else to clean the urinals, lol." - Mat Weiler
"I knew the moment my captain said, 'Son, you're not a rookie anymore! Starting acting like it.'" - Mac de Beaudrap
"When I cut my childhood friend out of a car. Back at the station, everyone knew how shaken up I was. One of the guys my age (18 at the time) came up, gave me a hug and said, 'Hey man, you did great tonight.' At that exact moment, I knew I was finally one of the brothers." - Carter Bowns
"The moment I knew was when we pulled up on a car accident with multiple victims, and me being the only firefighter/EMT on the truck, the chief yells to me that he's got traffic control and to tell him what I need." - Josh Reeb
"When I started breathing in through my mouth and out through my nose." - John Williams Cox
"When I became chief of department after 24 years and interviewed the rookies." - Gareath V. Adderley
"I'll always be a probie for life, but I knew I had moved up to sr. probie when the asst. chief started having me take charge of the junior firefighters' training!" - Joshua David Rodrigues
"When I made the right decisions and actions to help my crew systematically lift a pickup off of a teenage girl, saving her life. Also recently, when the chief asked me to wear a red hat and lead others." - Bill McKellip
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William BloodTuesday, November 06, 2012 6:01:48 PMThe moment I new was when I received a new nick name besides probe. From that point on I was no longer the F.N.G.
Peter ChapaTuesday, November 06, 2012 6:52:32 PMWhen I save the life of a elderly man who was having a heart attack at a fire scene.
Sam WoodTuesday, November 06, 2012 7:32:51 PMA fresh probie, white faced and peeing in his boots came to me and said "the Cap want you to take me in for a second search".
Jason MullinerWednesday, November 07, 2012 6:47:07 PMwhen I told another probie to "stir the tank" and they did it for 30 minutes.
David GoodwinThursday, November 22, 2012 4:16:52 PMWhen I told a Captain he was doin' it wrong!