Posted 26 July 2018 - 11:36 AM
*As we're sitting in the day room watching TV, I hear the tones drop and the strobes flash. I look down at my phone as I feel it vibrate with the Active911 alert on my phone. I see the words "commercial fire" pop up on my phone as I jump up from the recliner.*
'Commercial fire, let's go.'
*I quickly walk over to the door and push it open before I hit my stride and start jogging to the pole. I slide down and I take a few quick steps over to the engine and my bunker pants. I zip my boots off and then I step into my bunker boots and pull them up with the suspenders before I throw my baseball cap into the engine and I pull my hood down over my neck. Next, I sling my radio strap over my left shoulder and I clip the sway strap to the suspender hook on the back of my pants before I climb into the engine. I put my headset on before I look back at the guys as they hustle into the engine and I press the PTT on the headset.*
Me: "Engine 11, 911."
911: "Go ahead."
Me: "Engine 11's going to be enroute."
*I look at the rest of the guys and back at the sides of the truck to make sure that the exhaust line is hooked up and that the battery plug is undone. I look back and see all of the guys are in as I look at Kyle as we ease out of the bay.*
Lieutenant 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