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N. LeBlanc

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In Topic: Dump Truck Vs Bus

02 December 2018 - 05:25 PM

*I watch as 14 continues to help the guys get the patients out of the back of the bus.  We got two of the reds out at least, but the rest of the guys work on getting the patients out through the back of the bus.  Since the guys in the back are having to remove seats in the back to get to their patients, Kyle, Steve, and I keep trying to pull people from the front.  I've lost count of the patients at this point.  There's got to be at least 20 that have come out, and I'm really not paying attention to the guys in the back.  There are still plenty of people in the bus because I can still hear some of them complaining of various pains.  I look back toward the EMS rigs as the guys back there start to work on their patients.  They're going to get plenty.  I sigh and look back down as we lift another patient out.  I don't know how they did, but the back of the bus is just destroyed.  This almost would have been an easier extrication if the entire bus was hit harder so that the thing would have split.  I sigh as I turn around and watch some more 14 guys work to bring patients over to EMS instead of leaving them at the spot where I'm putting them once we get them out of the bus.*

In Topic: Dump Truck Vs Bus

22 November 2018 - 04:49 AM

*I go ahead and drop down the stokes basket down to Kyle.  When he has it, I hold it there for a few and tie it off to the ladder rung just before me.  Once he's got one packaged, I turn around to Steve.*




*Steve raises the ladder about fifteen feet, while extending it to keep the stokes straight before he rotates and retracts the ladder until I can get the basket on the ground.  I hear Kyle again call for the stokes basket as we get the backboard out of the stokes basket.  One of the guys from 14 takes the backboard and swaps it with another one as they use it to carry the patient over to EMS.  I key the mic as we start to head back to over the bus.*


"Operations to Command, we have a patient extricated now.  BREAK.  Operations to EMS, be advised, you have a patient coming to you now."


*As we get into position on top of the bus again, I release the knot and lower the basket into the bus.  While Kyle finishes packaging the victim, I listen to Garbus say that the back of the bus is open.  I watch as they start working to get people out of the back.  I know that there is a mess of metal from some of the seats broken off, so there's going to be some challenges to get the patients out in the front, so that's why I need Kyle to keep getting the patients out.  As we get the second one out, we continue the process while Garbus works on the rest of the other 10 patients.*

In Topic: Dump Truck Vs Bus

16 November 2018 - 04:47 AM

*I pull out the end that I need from the rope bag and I lower it down to the guys below me.  I give them a few feet of slack and I turn around again.*


'Hey Steve!'


*I take the rope bag and hand it over the beam of the ladder.  I give it a few good swings before I let it fly down the length of the ladder to Steve on the turntable.  That way we'll have the mechanical advantage of the ladder so that we can pull the patients up.  As I turn around and work on my rigging, I hear Dave call me on the radio.  I look down and I see them standing outside the bus, still holding the line.*




*They don't turn around as they look back toward us.*




*Still nothing.  I cup my hands around my mouth and yell as loud as I can.  Still nothing.  I grab my flashlight on the coat and I start flashing it at them while I yell at them.  Finally, they turn to me.  I motion for them to come to me as I work off the ladder.*


'Drop the line back there and help with the extrication.  We're going to try to get them out through the top.'


*I look down and I the front of the bus already laddered and the guys start trying to head in from the top so that I can start helping them lift patients with the ladder.*

In Topic: Dump Truck Vs Bus

11 November 2018 - 06:46 AM

*I get the equipment as I work to force the hood open.  I don't want to use the rabbit tool, but after working a few different ways to get in with the Halligan, I hand it down to the 19 guy and swap him for the rabbit tool.  I get the tool set with the tool resting at the metal top of the firewall and I put the ram end of the tool against the hood.  I get myself in a good position for leverage and I go ahead and I start to pump the lever on the tool, extending it toward the cab.  I capture my progress with a two of the 2x4 pieces of cribbing as I retract the tool and reinsert it on top of the cribbing and I extend it to further pop the hood.  I listen while I do that to command assigning us, ladder 32, and Rescue 1 to the extrication group.  That'll help.  When I'm at about the full length of the tool, I am finally able to pop the hood.*


'Jesus.  What was that like 6 inches?  Big enough damn gap.'


*I take a second to look over the compartment before I find the battery terminals.  I reach into my coat radio pocket where I can free my cable cutters.  I reach over across the engine block and I cut the lines to deenergize the battery.  I key the mic as I step down from the front of the dump truck.*


"Operations to Extrication units.  The truck is prepared for extrication.  Rescue 1, go ahead and take care of that vehicle.  Hydraulic tools from Squad 7 have been staged for you guys on the South corner of Bay and N third.  Squad 7 and Ladder 32, I need you guys to handle the bus."


*I walk back over to Command and ask about the truck.  At this point, I can see that Chief Hickey is on scene.*


Me: 'Chief Hickey.  Got a question for you?'


Chief: 'What, LeBlanc?'


Me: 'Can we get 32 in here so that we can use the stick for rigging for victim extrication?'


Chief: 'If you can get them in there.'


Me: 'Got it Chief, we'll get it done.'


*I start walking over to the truck and I meet them in staging.*


Me: 'All right guys.  Steve, I need you to put your truck twenty feet from the bus.  Can you get in there?'


Steve: 'It'll be tight, but if I've got some spotters, I'll get her in there.'


Me: 'Ok.  I'll guide you in with Jack.  The rest of you guys, I need you guys to help with stabilization.  Go.'


*As they head over to the wreck to help Aaron out, I help guide Steve in to right where I want him.  He'll have enough room to get the outriggers out enough, so we should be good.  I climb up with him on the turn table and I show him where I want the ladder so that we can get the patients out through the windows right above them.  I step off the table as he de-beds the aerial and rotates it a few degrees.  I walk over a few steps to the bus and I direct him how far I want the ladder out for now.  We still need to get the basket set up for now.*


"7 Officer to 7 Operator, I need the life safety rope and the utility rope to the tip of Ladder 32.  Bring a stokes basket too."


*While Kyle gets that and brings it to me, I head back over to the turntable.  Just before I get there, I pop a compartment and I grab a ladder belt.  I step up on the turntable and I get ready to climb.*


Steve: 'Damn.  Nick over here's going to climb a ladder.  You sure you still remember how to do that?'


Me: 'Hey look bud, I was on this truck before you were even on the department.'


Steve: 'I know.  You were on here before I was even born.  Wasn't your first truck one that you had to pull to the scene.'


Me: 'Well at least I actually fight fire rather than break things.'


*We both chuckle as I start to climb the ladder.  When I get about five feet from the tip, I look down and I see that I'm about ten feet from the front of the bus.  Perfect.  I clip into the beam of the ladder as I wait for my equipment.  I learn against the ladder on it's slight angle as Kyle get there and start getting my equipment set up for me on the ground.*

In Topic: The Leblanc Residence

07 November 2018 - 04:31 AM

*Going on hour number five, I can only imagine what Hailey is facing.  I’ve felt pain before, and I know that she has, but watching someone else go through it is something just makes me feel like shit.  She keeps trying to change positions and I keep trying to get her to focus on her breathing, but each contraction just seems to get worse for her.  I know that she’s already had the epidural, but she’s still in pain. There are also all kinds of instrumentation that are attached to her, and I really do feel sorry for her.  I keep stroking her hand and trying to take her mind off of it. It’s probably just as much for me as it is for her, but I just want to do something. Another three hours later, Kyle’s there now and it gives me a chance to take a few steps outside of the room to take a break.  It’s getting dark outside already, but I still don’t think that she’s anywhere close. The last few times they came by to check her, she had only dilated about 7 cm, so he had at least 2 to 3 more to go. I really feel sorry for her.*

*As I sit in the hospital, I know that Nick is trying to help me by keeping my mind off of it, but it’s not helping me.  It’s helping him though I’m sure, so that’s why I’m letting him keep doing it. I keep trying to pivot my hips to reduce the pain.  It’s helps a little, but still not all that much. Thank god I took the epidural. As I go on hour 8, I know that I could have up to 12 more hours.  Luckily, they said that I’ve already dialated about 6 or 7 cm, so at least I’m past halfway. In literally the 12th hour, I can feel something change.  It feels like I’ve got to shit. I guess the baby’s coming. I hit the nurse call button and when Francine comes in, I tell her and immediately she goes and gets my doctor and a few other people.*

*When Hailey tells me that she thinks that she needs to start pushing, the rush of adrenaline starts as I get ready to go and get the rest of the staff, but they’re all ready on their way since she hit the button.  I take a step up near her head and I grab her hand as she starts following the doctor’s instructions about when to push. I don’t want to get in anyone’s way, but I still want to be near my wife while she gives birth.*

*As Nick takes my hand, I start trying to push when the doctors want.  All of the books that I read talked about not contorting my face, but they had no idea what the hell they were talking about.*

‘Ok Hailey, I need you gently push.’

*Yeah, no.  What the hell does gently mean.  I try to give my best impression of “gently” as I start to push.  A few minutes into pushing, it gets rather nasty down there. It’s the same muscles I guess.  That’s a major hit to my self esteem. In addition to God only knows how many people looking at my crotch, now this.  I put it out of my mind as much as I can for now as I keep pushing. The process goes about fifteen minutes or so, and I guess according to plan.*

‘Hailey, here’s your daughter.’

*I watch as my doctor stands up with her and places her on my belly as they clean her off.  It’s an overflow of emotions. Physical relief, but also love and happiness. I look up at Nick, extremely tired, but happy.  I tighten my grip on his hand and smile as they hand our daughter to me. I sit up and hold her. Everything went well, which is exactly what I asked for, but also I finally get to hold my daughter.  After about a minute or so, they take her from me to cut the cord. That’s that new medical research I guess. They let Nick cut the cord, as was our preference. They first check the heart rate before they claim the cord.*

*The take our daughter from Hailey and they claim the umbilical cord.  They claim it off near our daughter and also near Hailey as they let me cut the cord.  I cut where they tell me, and honestly it’s not like the movies. There’s a bit of fluid that comes out, and of course she’s crying.  I’m a bit confused by the section of the cord that they wanted to keep before they hand our daughter back to Hailey.*

*I watch, still recovering from the actual birth while they cut the cord before they hand her back to me for a few minutes before they do another examination.  Then I’m asked to breastfeed her. I let her calm down for a bit before I bring her over to my left nipple. She takes a bit, but eventually she latches on and starts.  I watch as she does. It’s a very strange feeling, but not necessarily a bad one. Francine tells me that she is going to make the ID bands up for us and asks what her name is.  Nick and I look at each other and smile before I look back to her and give her the name that we picked out.*

‘Julianna Katie LeBlanc.’

*Francine smiles before she walks out of the room.  A few minutes later, they come in and bring the ID bands for us.  They first give Nick his before they give me mine and then Julianna’s around her ankle.  They also take two sets of footprints, give her a shot of Vitamin K and then they give her a set of eyedrops.  When Francine tells me that she’s done for a few hours before she gives Julianna a bath and another exam. As they leave us alone, Nick and I hold Julianna for the first time.*