San Francisco Fire Water Division trains at a harbor. This is full on training.
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.
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.
Rescue Tools on Squad 27, Multi Dept. Rope Training above a stage then on-scene of a roll-over
Rescue 33 responding to a bus hits auto...supposedly...accident. You make the decision
First call, Engine 27 crew responds to a "Smoke Showing" call, they arrive on scene to a fire in a basement, creosote is the cause. Next, they arrive on-scene to an auto accident. Later in the day, a call comes in, Squad 27, also a pumper/engine, heads out the door, the arrive on-scene; it's a structure fire in a negihboring township. The crew drag a line to a window, it's another basement fire. Lot's of basement fires in New Jersey.
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.
Rescue 17 – a driver possibly on Heroin gets his high taken from him.
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?
The Calaveras Consolidated Fire District is located in the foot hills of the Serra Mountains in Northern California where there are many lakes and streams in the 1st due area of this department. The Chief is young and progressive. He came in and sold off the older rigs and equipment to make his department lean and mean. Left with an older Pierce engine, he took some of the funds and just ordered a new Pierce soon to be delivered. You may have seen the shot of him in a meeting with the rep.