He was a volunteer for about 8 years before getting hired on. In those years he was working his ass off in construction. Minimum of 2 hours of commuting a day and rarely 40 hours a week of paid work before the crappy commutes. He’s competent so that made it easy to get and keep jobs with companies.
This means he was so tired. There were many nights he’d be crashed out in his recliner by 7:30. So hard cause we were dieing to talk to him and he us, but he was just beat. On top of all of these hours, he was also permanently on call with the fire department. That’s what being a volunteer means. You never go off call. Those that have jobs that they are on call certain days of the month and bitch, well you ain’t seen nothing.
Of course being Mom, I’m a light sleeper. Well he isn’t and put the over-tired with it and he would sleep through pagers a lot. I learned quick to wake him up with the call and possibly the address to go to. See why I need a scanner? I’m seriously used to knowing what is going on cause I sent him out to it. Anyway, he had to be woken up most nights or he would have never made the calls.
I worried when he got hired on that he wouldn’t wake up. Oh boy did I worry. But the fact that it’s his only job now has made all the difference. Others have slept through calls when first getting hired on. Our friends included and they never get to live it down. But he has always woken up and I’m impressed. I worried for nothing