*As the PD units start to stage, I look back at the scene as the first Chief shows up. I note that it's Battalion 1 who backs his truck up and pops the lift gate to access the command area at the back of his car. While he's setting up, I start filling him in.*
Me: 'Chief, I've got the MCI channels secured for EMS and we're operating on ICS/OPS CMD 1. I've got Squad 7 doing fire suppression with Engine 19. TSU7 is going to be doing extrication with 32's and Rescue 1 when they arrive. Engine 14's just arrived. They're staging right now. I've got the special ops chief notified, but I haven't heard if he's enroute. There's got to be at least 10 patients in there, but I have to get a good luck. They didn't have the fire knocked at all when I checked, so I'll get another look. I'm thinking that my company and rescue 1 will do extrication. We can probably use 32's stick and a stokes basket to get some of the more critical ones out.'
Chief: 'All right, where is staging?'
Me: 'I've got EMS in their own staging area, a block south. At Bay and N 2nd. I've got FD and PD up at Bay and N 4th. PD's securing the area.'
Chief: 'All right, take operations and check out the scene with your crew.'
Me: 'You got it, Chief.'
*I walk around the rig to Kyle as I start to get my face piece back on.*
'Need a 6ft hook.'
*As Kyle goes and grabs me one, I key the mic.*
"911 from Squad 7. Squad 7's passing Command to Battalion 1."
*I hear 911 copy me and then I hear the chief assign me to operations. I start to get the rest of my face piece on as Kyle brings me the hook. I pull my helmet on after and then I tighten my chinstrap and get my gloves on before I take it from him and then walk over to the bus. The guys have most of it knocked down, but they're still working. I want to take the front window out if I can. I look to them to get a line to me as I take the hook and using the 6ft reach, I take the two front windows. As most of the smoke exits the bus, I try to get low to see under the smoke, but that's difficult. There's definitely some kind of automotive fluids burning. That or the seats in the bus. With the guys and the line behind me, I start trying to go through the bus. I don't want to be in here but it's not like I really have a choice. As I do, I can hear the glass breaking under my feet. I'm only trying to check who is in the seats on the side of the bus. I'm not worried about the people who are in the top seats because the truck can get them out for now. I get to what I think is the back of the bus and I turn to the guys.*
*I key the mic as I head back toward the front of the bus and outside.*
"Operations to Command, *Breathe* we have at least 15 victims. *Breathe*. We're headed out."
*As we back out of the bus, I start to think about how we can extricate these people. Peeling the roof is going to be difficult because we're going to have to stabilize this side of the vehicle. At least we can focus on the truck for now. As we get out of the bus, I take my face piece off and I let the guys go back to fire attack as I grab one of the guys from 19.*
'We're going to secure this truck.'
*The only problem with the truck right now is that the engine block is messed up. The guy is trapped in there and we need to work on that, but for stabilization, there isn't a big issue. As I get to the truck, I take a second to size up the engine compartment. I turn back to the guy from 19.*
'Get your driver to get me a ladder. A frame is better.'
*While he goes off, I take the roof hook and swing it to deflate the tires. Screw pulling the stems. Once I get the tires deflated, I head back to the front of the truck. The engine compartment barely looks recognizable. Time to work backwards. It's an older Kenworth, so the hood is secured by two rubber ties on the side. I get to one and I see that it's already undone and the hood is still closed. Damnit. I walk over to the other side of the truck and I get that one off, but it doesn't really do anything. I turn back to the guy from 19.*
'I need you to go get stuff from my driver.'
*As he heads off, I key the mic.*
"Squad 7 LeBlanc to Squad 7 Operator. I need some equipment. I need a rabbit tool, a sheet of irons, and some cribbing."
*I let go of the mic as I go back to throwing the ladder. I get up on the ladder so that I can access the center of the cab. I lock myself off on the ladder and I reach a boot out and step on the tire well. Or what's left of it while I wait for my equipment.*
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