Across America, and around the world; there are cut-backs, brown-outs, and stations have closed. This story is about one of the many things that the Fresno Fire Department does RIGHT, and this is a big ones for us. Station 4, recently remodeled, has only had a Four-Man Crew manning the Tower-Truck, the USAR / Rescue rig, and they are also a part of Water Rescue Team for years.
Running out of Station 9, we ride with the Battalion Chief to a shooting not that far away from the station. A call comes in for "smoke showing". Morning, we're back at Station 11 at the shift change. We meet a young firefighter – a San Francisco Giants fan and his fiance at his home.
Lt. Duck is one of the very few that is always training his crews, Engine, Truck and the Ambo. It's been snowing and cold so he sets up training in the center of the apparatus floor; this is about trust your brothers.
Meet PIO Mark Brady - Hose LIne Training with B.C. Wargo, HURST trainning, Apt. Fire
Night falls and Division Chief Frank Cardinale responds to a structure fire. In San Francisco the Chiefs still have drivers. When they arrive on scene, the driver is the person that tracks the locations of all Battalion crews from each station that has arrived on scene; it's old school but it works. Morning comes, which brings us to the morning meeting where they go over the calls, as well as the gear or rigs that need service. Next, it's some hose line training with Lieutenant Juratovac on the streets of San Francisco
After a day of EMS calls, Eng. 10 responds to an apartment fire.
Without the nesesary tools, firefighters and citizens are in danger. House Fire, they find a body, Gas leak in street.
Battalion Chief Bob Serrano has been in the department so long that no one really knows his real age, and he does not want to leave the fire service. We start this 24 with the Engine 9's crew and firefighter Annie Hoddinnot behind the wheel. We then ride with Rescue to a "smoke showing" call. Upon arrival we find Battalion Chief Serrano as IC. We see him in Command on a "Food on the Stove" call. In San Francisco, food on the stove has burnt an entire block.
Night - Engine 3's Crew gets a few calls, not much. Morning, they are training with new SCBAs. The next night, a call comes for a commercial structure fire -- it's a guy who's a hoarder, but this guy's industrial. Sparks fly as they gain entry on A, B and D sides. The firefighters leave as the sun comes up.
The Cortez Fire Protection District in Colorado is like most departments, all about training. In this webisode, you will see a young woman currently working as a volunteer firefighter as she attends a training class and late afternoon gets some time on the nozzle at a controlled burn that went out of control, pretty usual in Cortez. Both the Chief and the Assistant Chief have been working on grants to get not only new gear, but a new Station. This show features some training and the testing of a new portable pump from Waterax as they test drafting techniques on a lake just outside of town.