Posted 20 June 2018 - 03:14 AM
*Once I get finished with everything, I turn back to Dave.*
'All right, I got the intersections. You're good, Dave.'
*I start to help Kyle with the intersections and with the brain-dead drivers that we're facing as well. I shake my head at some of them and resist the urge to stare or flip them off before we get written up for that. Once we're on the interstate, I hear Dave ask what the plan is.*
'Same as before. You and Garbus are going to pull the 1 3/4". Start trying to protect that structure and go from there. I don't know if it's rolling yet, but if it is, that's why you're in the structural gear. Kyle, Miller, get a water supply and get me water to them. Miller, when we get there, you're going to rock the booster line. I'll take command and the hedges. Good?'
*I listen for a second before we get off the interstate. As Kyle is trying to clear Oak Street, I start pulling the cord for the airhorn. I'm getting a pull every second, but that's not stopping people. I see a gap coming that wouldn't be good enough normally, but with the big red truck, it's going to be.*
*When Kyle hesitates, I emphasize it a little more.*
*He pulls out and the traffic slows down dramatically. Amazing how putting a big red truck in front of someone works to slow them down more than an airhorn. As we pull through Oxnard, I can see smoke rising and Kyle's comment about a header.*
'Yep. That's serious. If we need it, I'll call in Engine 15, but we should be good. Miller, Kyle, we're probably going to have to lay in, so take the dead load and we'll run with that. Miller, I want you to stay at the hydrant until Kyle has good pressure and flow. I hate to say it, but if not, you're stretching down the street with it. Look alive gentlemen. Leave the packs. We won't need 'em.'
*As we pull up, I key the mic.*
Me: "Engine 11, 911."
911: "Engine 11."
Me: "Engine 11's going to be in the area, we have a visible smoke header. This appears to be working fire. Engine 11 will advise."
*As we get closer, I adjust everything, including getting my extrication gloves out. I'm not going inside a burning building and I'm working the radio, so I should be fine. I leave them on my leg before I fish out my shoulder mic, release it from my radio strap under my coat, and clip it to the loop on the front of my coat. I snap my coat closed as we arrive on scene. I grab my helmet and open my door.*
"Let's go to work, boys."
*I take my headset off and hang it from the hook on the ceiling as I step down and key my portable.*
Me: "Engine 11, 911."
911: 'Go ahead."
Me: "Engine 11's going to be on scene at 122 Summer Road. Be advised, we have smoke showing. Engine 11 is assuming Summer Road Command. We will advise on additional units if necessary. Summer Road units will be operating on Fireground 2. Be advised, it appears that we have the Signal 40 present."
*I watch the caller as I make a mental note of the time that they just gave out as I flip my radio over to the fire ground channel. I know that it's just my guys, but who knows. I reach up in the engine and I take my second portable out and turn it on. After it self tests, it goes to the dispatch channel, so I slide that into my radio pocket on my coat and then I clip the mic onto my storm flap of my coat. I look around for a second as I put my helmet on and then my gloves as the caller comes up to me since I guess it looks like I'm in charge because of the two radios I guess. She starts freaking out, so I try to calm her down as I try to do my 360 and help the rest of the guys.*
Captain Nicholas LeBlanc, Paramedic, Search and Rescue, HazMat, Diver
"You might be a firefighter if your entire wardrobe is t-shirts your friends gave you from their
departments for your birthday, Christmas, anniversary, etc."
"If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how
ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out?"
- John Godfrey Saxe