So I have been working so hard for this and as of Sunday I officially became a Firefighter. ( Wildland not structure 😂 structure fire you absolutely need to hear😂) A HUGE Thank You to my Hubby for believing I could do it, our kids for putting up with me while I have been studying, my team for all of their help with not loosing their patience with my millions of questions and for their help, and the instructor's for taking the time to look at me when they were teaching and for the whole "there is no dumb question" ( I'm sure I drove them nuts too).
Thank You all Very Much to my @thevillainettes for supporting me and believing in me and never giving up on me, even when I am not always available. I am eternally grateful to my support system and IG friends and family for everything!
I was asked if being Deaf could I (we Deaf or HOH) could still be Wildland Firefighters
YES MA'AM We CAN! We have to work a crap load harder to prove we can do it and pay really REALLY close attention because we don't hear the audio clues to tree's falling or the sound of the fire going into root systems but we can smell thing's faster than others and pay more attention to our surrounding's because of it. There's almost nothing we can't do!🤗
Now was it easy? Hell NO it's not easy. No one gives you a break because you are Deaf and NO one should Ever! There are lives at stake and it's not a"stress card" (bullshit card military came up with in the 90's for lil bitches that couldn't handle reality. Thank God they got rid of them) situation, it's tons of shit coming at you with or without notice that you need to be on your toes for at ALL times! There were no interpretors, no Captions. Just as in real life, you learn to adapt and overcome complete the mission and no excuses are allowed or accepted. Am I a master lol hell no I'm still learning! I love my team because they turn everything back to teachable moments and training is where you can safely learn not to screw up!
Plain and simple don't let anyone including Yourself say you can't do anything, go after your dreams and goals and never give up!
Much Love and Hugs to you all,