A call comes in for a structure fire at a park, the Mini-Pumper is dispatched with only two firefighters. Upon arriving on scene, it's a huge vegetation fire. With limited water supply, they have to disconnect the line, fill the tank, and return to the fire and hook back up, This is done several times and the danger is a large tree on fire that can fall on a building on the property. The fire is out, now, the task of downing the tree, not that easy...
From Station 6 to Station 26 all in one night...food on the stove fire, Truck 4 on-scene at Metro Center underground train...a frequent flyer and the entired department knows her name.
Morning, Engine 33 is out the door and down the road, they get on thier gear, Brian Stolly talks about being a Kentland man and a D.C Firefigher. We arrive on scene of vehicle accident. Back at the Station, a call comes in for a structure fire, both Engine 33 and Rescue 33 respond out the door. A day full of calls...then, we ride with one of the live-in volunteer firefighters in the buggy to a Box Call, this could be a fire...it's at the Six Flags Theme park and by the Radio Chatter, it's HUGE.
Morning at Station 7, the Division of Training. First off, the morning meeting with the Chiefs, Fred and crews pay close attentions. The Chiefs have a location to train, the entire Battalion arrives for this huge opportunity to train at an abandoned Hospital very soon to be demolished to make way for a new one. Division Chief Cardinal and the Battalion Chiefs come up with a plan for a major evolution, all hands on deck.
True Realiy and this was Truly Unscripted: The alarm goes off; firefighters scramble out the door and out to the rigs; we jump into the Buggy; we arrive on-scene at the Haunted House at Six Flags; it's fully involved and and it's HUGE. 1st in with water; Maine from Kentland Tower 33, drags a line with a Probie, and it's his 1st real fire and his eyes are the size of silver dollars.
This is Division, Station 7. A normal start: morning meeting, and checking the equipment and rigs. We go over some of the equipment for shoring in case of a collapse. Outside, we find the training tower. This is also where you find the office of the Division of Training. The crew gather for training on shoring with some of the departments specialists. E7 runs a medical call. Then they check out an area that has big grass fires this time of year. They check the roads and access, and then, the view of the city. You have got to see this. T7 responds to a fire alarm.
Night, after a long day, a call comes in, it's a structure fire, smoke showing, Engine 33 and Twoer 33 respond. The Deputy Chief is driving the engine, he stops at the hydrant, the Tower drives by and lands in the driveway of the structure. The pull lines, the enter the front door of the home, outside, they start to ventalite, the door is opened and we are inside the garage. After enough water has been used, the thermal imager camera is brought in to make sure that evey ember is out. Back at the station
Station 7, Division in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco, prominently Latino, but becoming more of the hipsters everyday. Eng. 7 is out the door to a medical call at the trolley terminal, later in the night, a call comes in from the smell of smoke coming from a garage, the Battalion arrived on-scene, did we mentioned, in San Francisco food on the stove can burn an entire block.
The Ute Mountain in Cortez Colorado is one of the first due areas for Cortez Fire Protection District, on this evening, Assistant Chief Bulke meets with members of the tribe. The sun comes up on Station One; it's Saturday morning training with the volunteers. Amongst others, this class has a high school senior and a Montazuma Sheriff as part of the class. That afternoon we come upon the Chief and several members and volunteers as they stuff envelopes that will go out to all of the citizens in their first-due. They have been working on a Levy tax in order to get some full-time paid staff to keep their city safe.
We meet members of D.C. Fire and EMS as they recollect the events that transpired on 9/11 when they responded to the attack on the Pentagon. We then ride with the Captain on Truck 4 to a smoke alarm in an old building, and another downtown call.