“At the kitchen table one night, one of my firefighters came out with the statement that we should enforce a 300 foot buffer zone around every fire operation,”
“Firefighters can penetrate deeper into the structure without coordinating the vent—simply because the gear and equipment masks the environment.”
Only a block away from quarters, Engine 22 has an afternoon full of fire and first line choices.
“Pride” isn’t a fire department shirt or a sticker.
They came to work and stared blankly at the lockers of their friends, knowing that those lost would never come back, but also knowing that not finding them was far too much of a burden to bear.
Maybe some of us can’t handle the truth, that this is what is expected. Maybe some of us have lost focus and forgotten about “getting the baby!” Maybe it’s the kinder, softer-side of firefighting, that makes reality more harsh.
Probably one of the best reasons to do preplanning from 2010.
“There’s a lot of guys that are sick on this job. A lot of guys.”
Welcome Deputy Chief Ron Ayotte to the site with his post on important qualities every fire officer must have.
100 years ago? Seriously? They must have had some damn fast horses and buggies back then.