TheBattalion.tv Firefighter Series - Fire, EMS, Rescue, Training
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Por la noche, entra una llamada, es un fuego de basura. Nocturno, fuego en la estructura con una persona atrapada.
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.
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.