Riding with Rescue 1 Downtown. This 24 starts with getting people out of a stuck elevator. Next, we visit the shop to pick up some parts. Lt. Joe Rainwater goes over procedures of stopping a fire. A call comes in for a fully involved fire downtown, just blocks away from the station, calls all day. Night, a call comes in for a fire showing in the upper floor of a Sechuan Gallery Chinese restaurant where illegally smuggled immigrants are suspected of living.
The Jersey Shore Boardwalk Fire began the afternoon of September 12th. I was filming with Westampton Township Emergancy Fire in New Jersey when the fire started. We watched the blaze take building after building on the big screen TV, I really wanted to filme this event when the call came in, the Assistant Chief was called out to set up the Staging Area, I jumped in the buggy with the Director of Operations and the Chief and off we went.
We ride with the Medic Captain as he shows us around the maintenance yard -- the heartbeat of keeping the rigs on the road. E11 then responds to a car fire involving several vehicles on the city streets.
Station 6, The Big House, and Engine 6 and Truck 4 crews respond to calls. We then arrive at a bowling alley on a very special day where all firefighters who are not on the job are partying at the bowling alley and bowling for the Washington D.C. Burn Center. Our cameraman is enticed by Squad 3 to check out some pear juices. The crew from Engine 10 try to bounce a ball off the wall and we meet a recent burn victim waiting to get back on the job. We are back The Big House when a call comes in for smoke showing at a high rise apartment building. Both engine and truck are dispatched.
Fresno's PIO takes a 24 at Station 5, anything to get back on the fire ground.
We start the day at Station 14 with Captain Juratovac, who shows us around the beautiful original station at the Marina. A woman and her child drop of toys for the annual Toys for Tots drive. We respond to a few calls, then we head over to Station 38 with Firefighter Carol Bodin. This is Women on the Watch.
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.
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.
After a day of EMS calls, Eng. 10 responds to an apartment fire.