Thursday, May 29, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Last week we all got a good laugh from junior as he ran to the engine at the sound of my cell phone. This week he did the same thing. We got a bigger laugh because of that.
We then headed over to the park and drilled together. Junior and I did a ventilation exercise where we ladder the building, climb up with our tools (pike pole, chain saw and two axes) and do a mock ventilation. We then took turns tying off different tools on the ground so that we could raise them to the roof. We had a minute per tool. All of us except Eric messed up on at least one tool (Eric was the only one to get the ladder tied off properly). As a result Eric had us do bear crawls (on our hands and feet) in full turnouts through sand. That was a lot tougher than I thought it would be. We then packed up and went home for lunch.Around 1700 we started to fix dinner (a little late for us). A few minutes later we were toned out for a woman with chest pain in a jeep at Circle K. We dropped what we were doing and responded. The woman had all kinds of medical problems including a recent heart bypass. We did our assessment and started to treat her. Once the MBA showed up we turned care over to them in hopes to get back to chow. Unfortunately as soon as we cleared the call dispatch had a smoke investigation for us. The RP (reporting party) stated that she saw smoke several peaks away. We went and made contact with the RP and she told us what she thought she saw. It was probably clouds (there was some nasty weather this week in Southern California) but we had to go look just to be sure. About 45 minutes later we were pulling into the station, very hungry. About 30 minutes later, just when dinner was about ready, we were toned out for a vehicle rollover on the Morongo grade. We went in search of the accident with two engines from Riverside county. We finally found it about 3 miles outside of our coverage area with one of the Riverside units already on scene. We got canceled and started for home again. By now we were really getting hungry. We got back to the station and had to reheat the food. We ate dinner around 2100 that night.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The start of our progressive hose lay. Jason is giving junior some pointers.
Part way up the first hill. It was 3 steps forward and 2 steps back in the sand. Junior is still on the nozzle.
Here I have the nozzle and Jason and junior are backing me up.
If you look up towards the top of this shot you can see us hiking the rest of the way to the summit. We had run out of water after punching in hundreds of feet of hose and we just wanted to see the top.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
You can see the trail on the lower right. I came straight up the mountain from that trail.
The tired hiker. The fire engine is on the dirt road in the background right by my left wrist.
Monday, May 12, 2008
The driver crawled out his window. He's lucky that the car didn't roll on top of him.
Medic Engine 461 all lit up with the bumper line deployed.
View from the engine.
Sorry about the noise, I'm next to the fire engine. Here the tow truck driver tried to right the car without rolling it.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The original home in Morongo Valley.
Marsh land in the desert?!
We were told that the water is deep enough to jump off of the swing. There is also some good fishing in these ponds.
Cat on the pole.
Our hero preparing to go in for the rescue.
The cat is even more scared now that we put a ladder right next to it.
Here our hero approaches the cat. You can hear that the cat is a little nervous about the situation.
Here the cat decides that it doesn't want to be rescued. If you listen carefully you can hear Craig say ouch just before the cat drops. The cat clawed his face and he came down bleeding. He wouldn't let me get a picture of the carnage. As he comes down the ladder you can hear him say, "Oh well, the cat's down."
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Just about that time the tones started going off (every unit in the fire department, including aircraft and hand crews, and all the ambulances have a unique tone). It was the longest set of tones that I have ever heard. We were dispatched to a traffic accident, with a car fire that had already spread into the brush. That's bad. We were also advised of power lines down in the area.
Approaching the scene we were able to see that there was fire on both sides of the highway. Evidently a trash truck had back into a power pole knocking it over. The downed power lines sparked fires on both sides of the highway. We were the first engine on scene and I quickly jumped out and grabbed the bumper line. I started at the anchor point (close to where the fire started) and worked my way down the right flank. There was a CalFire Battalion chief (I think) on scene as well and he help me with the hose. We quickly hooked the fire (got around the front of the fire so as to stop it's forward progression). Thankfully the winds were calm that morning. Calfire Engine 3586 quickly showed up on scene to help us. San Bernardino Medic Engine 121 and Medic Ambulance 121 took care of the north side of the highway. We had the fire under control in minutes.
Turns out that all the tones going off were for two hand crews,water tenders, several chiefs (for CalFire and San Bernardino County Fire), two helicopters, and two airplanes in addition to the engine companies we had on scene. It may seem like a lot of manpower for that small fire but if the winds had been like the day before we would have lost some homes.
View from the engine while responding to the call. There is smoke in the distance on both sides of the highway.
This is a clearance line cut around the fire. In this case it was only a precautionary line cut in case of a rekindle.
Here is the power pole that the trash truck (also pictured) knocked over. This one bush started all the other spot fires on our side of the highway.
For all you environmentalists out there, the foam does not hurt the grass or trees. We spent about an hour flowing water and foam.
This is our deck gun. We can pump out over 1000 gallons a minute from this!
Please note that the two firefighters (me on the right with the hose), in full protective equipment, are standing several feet away from the fuel filled flash pan while the fire marshal and salesman are right up next to it. They are trying to see if the fuel will reignite after a treatment with the foam.
Standing guard (bored out of my mind because the salesman's demonstration kept failing).
I put the fire out with...water. Imagine that.
We came across a locked gate with barbed wire over the gate. Eric and I both hit our heads on the barbed wire. This is the front of the house. I'm the closest firefighter in the photo.
This is the front room looking to the right as you walk in the door. That piece of wood in the foreground is actually what's left of the door.
This is looking to the left of the front door. Directly behind the wall that you see here is the kitchen.
This is the hallway leading past the kitchen to the back bedroom. You can see part of the bedroom here.
Left side of the house headed toward the back door.
The door to the back bedroom.
The back bedroom had three single beds in it.
This shot was taken from the side of the last bed in the previous photo looking down the hallway.
The ceiling in the bedroom.
The bathroom (off of the hallway between the bedroom and the kitchen).
The refrigerator melted.
This area appears to be the origin of the fire.
I'm holding a flashlight for the State Fire Marshall while he investigates the fire.