TheBattalion.tv Firefighter Series - Fire, EMS, Rescue, Training
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.
In this webisode, we are with two engine companes at the same time from Station 3 and Station 9, at the end of the nigt, the responde to the same commercial fire.
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...
Morning, Engine 3, "A" Shift with Palmer.and an Explorer Scout On-Board. Covering Traveler catchs a fire, he has great luck catching calls lately. There last call, famous Rapper stuck in an elevator with crew. Later, people are everywhere partying. A call comes in, it's a Gang Shooting at the fast food gas station, people are everywhere.
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.
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.
Night - Engine 3's Crew gets a few calls, not much. Morning, they are training with new SCBAs. The next night, a call comes for a commercial structure fire -- it's a guy who's a hoarder, but this guy's industrial. Sparks fly as they gain entry on A, B and D sides. The firefighters leave as the sun comes up.
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.
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.
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.