TheBattalion.tv Firefighter Series - Fire, EMS, Rescue, Training
Division Chief Cardinal and the SFFD Strike Team arrive in Los Angeles. They get deployed to an area with fire and smoke and us their small hose line to combat these fires. With such a small amount of water in their tank, and not much water tender or drafting from ponds, they have to also rely on the helicopters. We see them get their water and make the drops – we're with them in the thick of it. We are in San Francisco when they return safely home.
The early morning starts off with Tony Kellerher, the Chief of the 100% Volunteers of Kentland in Landover Maryland as he prepares to leave for his paid job as a firefighter on Engine 6 on D.C. Fire. He's barly put his gear on the rig with a call comes in for structure fire. They arrive on scene to a basement fire of a two story apartment building. We follow Tony through his day.
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.
H2 Firefighter and Rescue Professional James Draper talks about "Being on the job." Morning meeting with the Team, We ride with Rescue 2 to a school where the demonstrate is what to do when the Fire Emergency Bell goes off. Then, a medical and later in the afternoon, a small structure fire. In San Francisco, an small tool shed can burn up a block, these homes are inches apart and very old wood, no fire block; need we say more?
We ride with the crew from Engine 6 as they help open a stuck elevator and later that night they find a Ford F100 in flames. More info to follow...
Harrisburg Bureau of Fire series continues with a two story structure fire. We arrive on scene with what the call, "Recall" since they only have 14 firefighters staffed, a structure fire brings out mutual aid with surrounding departments and Harrisburg firefighters off-duty are called in, we ride with Recall. In this possible Arson fire, a young boys favorite toy is burnt to a crisp and the firefighters find him a replacement, a real act of kindness.
B.C. Serrano at Division- a call comes in, it's a structure fire, we arrive on scene- it's an auto on fire in the open carport under an apartment building, this can be very dangerous in any city, the battalion is on scene. Back at the station, then, Rescue 2 responds to a call. Back at the station we experience one of the huge dangers at fire stations across america; but this is changing. Fuel Pumps close enough that all the fumes rise through the building, a building where men and women sleep upstairs; you all know what's happening here.
Firefighter/engineer Chris Garcia's family drops by for Easter Sunday with their Day. The guys are in the kitchen cooking up lunch when a call comes. They are down the pole and onto the rig and they arrive on scene to a shooting. The police had been in a pursuit of some gangsters in a black SUV. They found them, gave them a spin, and had to shoot. The guy they shoot is suspected to be a killer. Next up, a vehicle accident. Night falls and a call comes in for a commercial structure fire; Eng. 3's "A" Shift is 1st in on a Antique Store owned by a hoarder.
At Station 9 we continue this night with smoke showing at a school we ride with Battalion Chief Sorrano, next up, we ride with the crew from Engine 9 to a vehicle accident on the 101, The next morning, we are back at Station 11 riding with Truck 11, an alarm has gone off at at school. Next up, it's a call with the crew on the engine and these are the Medical EMS Calls that can kill a first responder. Its now madatory to wear gloves, but it should be MANADATORY TO WEAR GOGGLES as we see why, the Pathogens that can kill a 1st Responder.
Station 4 "C" Shift. The four man crew staffs the Tower Ladder Truck, The USAR Rig that is also used for Water Rescue; they wish they could be a combination station again. This 48 starts out with a the team going over the equipment necessary for finding victims of an earthquake that may be stuck under the rubble. Time to go shopping for chow for the next 48 hours and, back at the station, they cook their lunch. As busy as this station is, they still find time to exercise. A call comes in – its a big roll of something in the water canal, possibly a wrapped body.