Education Pay Off: Rookie’s First Day, Detailed To The Rescue, Catches a Job, Makes a Grab

Fall River rookie hits the fire service trifecta his first day at work.





Glenn Edington Jr. went to his first day at work probably a little nervous, a little excited and confident. Like any probie, Edington’s thoughts were no different that a probie anywhere else; don’t let me screw up. Friday last week, Edington graduated as part of Recruit Class 25. He showed up to his assigned company, Engine 3, on Monday night and was then detailed to Rescue 1.

Just before 2:00 a.m. companies were dispatched to 1157 Slade Street for an apartment fire. Firefighters were met with fire showing from the first floor as well as two police officers who had just rescued occupants from the third floor. Outside, the occupants told the firefighters of their 80-year old grandmother still trapped on the third floor. Edington, along with Firefighter Mark Medeiros and Lieutenant Matt Camara, moved into the structure.

“I was just trying to stick with my officer, Lt. Matt Camara, he said. I was listening to him and doing everything he told me to do. He is a great officer, so I didnt have to do anything except listen to him and do what he said and stay close.”

The three made their way to the third floor, searching and using a thermal imager. Finding a locked apartment door, they forced entry and moved in.

“We were searching. There was a small back bedroom, almost like a closet. The lieutenant told me to look. I scanned it and saw her and shouted to the lieutenant. Camara called to other fire companies for help and then the crew from Rescue One pulled the woman from the room to the stairwell. As they made their escape they were met on the stairs by other firefighters, who helped them get the woman to safety.”

80-year old Nancy Kenyon was transferred over to EMS personnel and transported to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

“Firefighter’s first day on the job puts his training to the test” Herald News
“Firefighter makes rescue on first day”, WWLP
“Fall River firefighter makes rescue on 1st day”, Boston.com


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Ron Ayotte
“FEAR” by Ric Jorge
Ric, excellent article. Your FD is not the only one that suffers from TAS (Training Anxiety Syndrome). Same circus, different community. As far as seeking help from an EAP, I did take advantage of my community's EAP 8 years into my career. I was heading down the road to a separation/divorce after I got promoted…
2014-12-04 16:04:47
Mike McAdams
Who Looks After The Victims?
Captain LeBlanc, Great point in the blog debating the new and old techniques and how to blend them into that first minutes on the fire ground. One of the first points stated was “Unless they know your manpower, resources and abilities, and are standing in that front lawn at 2:00 a.m., all they can do…
2014-12-02 14:45:23
Ruel Douvillier
Who Looks After The Victims?
I suspect these new tactics are all related to the NFPA standard that came out a few years ago recommending higher manpower on apparatus than the authorities having jurisdiction were prepared to implement. For the 30+ years that I've been fighting fires, UL and NIST have been using the data that they gained by setting…
2014-12-02 11:48:44
Joseph carroll
Who Looks After The Victims?
I work in a dept with 2 man Engine cos, man powers is an issue with our first due assignment. (3 engs,2 Trks , Batt Chief). Usually 13 Firefighters on the assignment. At times the exterior attack has no option, heavy fire too include exposures etc. some new leaders feel that this exterior attack is…
2014-12-01 19:05:51
Brian
Who Looks After The Victims?
Am I missing the old SSLEEVES-OCD pneumonic??? seems that one. It addressed alot of the things we have to think of, and the new Slicers is something that I think in right circumstances and construction would make sense, but at other times might be completely useless. I have watched and read alot of the NIST…
2014-12-01 02:10:06
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