This day is with the crew from Eng. 1 and Assistant Chief Bulke as they respond to controlled burns by property owners that go out of control. First up, the water tender arrives on-scene at a ranch no hydrants. Just as they put that one out, a call comes in for a wildland fire along the river about thirty miles out of town and unhappy property owners.
This 24/7 starts with roll-call at Station 17, this roll-call includes Deputy Chief Whiting, now the Assistant Chief. The Columbus Fire Department maintains the hydrants so seasonally, twice a year, they all must be tested, maintained or reported for service. Next, a tour of the Rescue rig with one of the technicians, he shows us the tools they use. Next, we ride on Engine 17 to a vehicle fire, it's blazing, then, a man down on a bike, then they catch another call, busy station.
This day starts with one of the Trainees, who is in his Senior year of high school, as he arrives at school. Back at the station, over at headquarters, Assistant Chief Bulke talks about the area they cover and how they are going to the citizens for a tax levy to get permanent firefighters. Cortez is a small town with a very small budget and the Chief knows how to stretch the dollars and get funding. A call comes in. It's a fire...
Rescue 3, riding in the rear of the Squad we arrive on scene at an upper end Washington D.C. condo building to open an elevator that has shut down. Rescue returns to the station. Late night, a call comes in, we find Arson Investagator Chris Holmes from Rescue 3 Squad who is also an Arson Investagator, he is on-scene of a row-house fire that just got put out.
Station 17, night, a call comes in, it's a Structure Fire. The Rescue and Engine 17 arrive on-scene of a home fully involved.. It turns out it was being remodeled. Rescue Firefighter Shell shows us around the interior. Night comes to a close as the sun comes up. Our first call in the morning is an extrication then some free body work.
We started filming with the San Francisco Fire Department in 2003. It was our fight against prime-time television that drove us to the Internet. In 2007 we launched our series thinking it would only be one or two videos. In those days, you could put short videos on AOL, Google and Yahoo...then came this. This is the very first Battalion Series webisode. In those days we were only able to film until 11:00PM. It starts with the crews checking the rigs and the medical supplies, and an EMS call comes in. The engine company responds.
It's snowing in Columbus. This 24 is with Battalion Chief Devine, it starts off with a morning meeting, his upcoming retirement is on everyone's mind. The Chief drops in at one of the stations in his 3rd Battalion. A call comes in for a Structure Fire, the Chief, known to be a little heavy on the gas pedal, heads for the scene in his usual style of speeding. We arrive on scene to find a two-story brick single family dwelling with smoke pouring out of the doors and windows, the Chief is old-school, he does not put on his SCBA.
Station 10's Firefighters talk about what it's like being part of the busiest station in the nation. Wagon Driver Greg Thompson recalls the unique experience of taking his son, and fellow recruit, on a training exercise -- a Live Burn. Now his son is a recruit. It's a family tradition in the making. Riding with the crew on engine 10, we respond to a fire, where they drop at the hydrant and pull a line. The next call is an EMS call where truck 13 arrives on-scene. Captain Donny keeps the guys on their toes on every call. Griff is riding on the ambo today, and he hates it. Back at the station we see what it's like to sit at the watch desk.
This 24 starts with roll-call. Then, we see what's going on in the kitchen. Truck 15's "2" Unit tillerman, Thomas (Butch) Cain, jumps on the computer looking for some new gloves, then; it's time to check the tools on the truck. So far, It's a really slow day, something you never say, mostly Engine and EMS Captain calls. Night falls, a call comes in, we are out the door...we arrive on-scene of an row-home apartment fire.
The 2nd half of this 48 with Eng. 3's "A" Shift. Firefighter Silva is on a strict diet and a full regiment of exercises; he takes advantage of whatever time he has in between the large volume of calls at Station 3. A call comes in for an additional engine needed at a fire out in the west side of town. There's no hydrants out here. They are called off and head back to the station. On the way, they drive through one of Fresno's many homeless camps. They have overtaken the Downtown Fresno Area and it has become a very dangerous place full of drugs, prostitution and people that prey on others. A call comes in and they are out the door...and so much more.