*I hear Garbus come back into the room and tell us that he found a way into the attic and when he says to get a second crew, I shake my head.*
'We we only have the one line, so when we get relieved, we'll get one from the next guys.'
*I shut the line down and climb down from the attic ladder. I click out of my air to conserve it as we walk back over to the hole that Cook found. When we get there, he's got it closed up. Smart dude.*
'Nice one, Cook.'
*I see the rest of the guys coming with the attic ladder. As my guys start to set it up and Cook and Garbus reach up, trying to get up into the attic, I key the mic.*
Me: "Squad 7, Command."
IC: "Go ahead."
Me: "Command, we have found access into the attic. We're going to be knocking the fire down here. Be advised, we have a hole opened on the Alpha- Bravo corner. We knocked a good portion of fire from there, but we're getting into the attic now."
*Once the guys get the attic open, I clamp the line in an "S" shape around my leg and I start flowing water into the attic. Once it rains back down on me, I shut the line down. As I look up, I can see the remnants of a ladder in the attic from the homeowner. Oh well. If you think my ass is getting on a wooden ladder in the attic that was on fire, you've got another thought coming. I point it out to the guys as the try to get it out of the way for Stonewall while he gets the attic ladder in place. I don't like making entry without a line to cover the guys, but we only have one. I look at the guys.*
'I'm going to hog the nob again until we at least get into the attic. Cook, I want you following Miller here with a hook in case we need it once we get there. Watch the floor guys, if it's at all unstable, get the hell out of there.'
*I click in just before I climb up the ladder, I can feel the heat coming from behind me. I contort myself again so that I can throw some water back there. I can definitely see thick black smoke up here. This shit's still burning up here. As I get my waist up through the hole, I can feel my head clink against the wooden structural components of the roof.*
*I don't want to throw much more water in the back, so I look the the guys below me.*
'Miller, come take this line. *breathe* I need the irons first.'
*As they get passed up to me and Miller climbs up the ladder just below me and takes the nozzle. I recognize that we're pretty close to each other.*
*I try to crack a joke as I start sounding the area around us. As I get it done and everything feels good, I shrug to myself as I pull myself into the hole on my belly. I start trying to sound ahead of me as I work my way back toward the center of the house where the peaked roof is so that I can get off of my belly. As Miller enters the attic, followed by Cook, I take the line and pin it with my leg for him as we get up into the attic. As I get back on my knees, I sound in front of the guys. God I hate truck work.*
'Getting close to the vent up here.'
*I can feel the smoke lifting as we get closer to the vent, but I can also feel heat. The smoke it not that turbulent so we're not on top of it yet, but it's black. That's not good. As we keep advancing, the heat gets pretty bad, so I turn to Miller.*
'Spray some damn water on this shit. *breathe*. It's hot as balls.'
*While he does that, I look at my shoulder gage. I'm only at about a third of air left, so I turn back to the guys and yell.*
'SONEWALL! GET UP HERE!'
*I wait for a few seconds as I bounce back and look to the guys on the line.*
'How are you guys on air?'