Sunday, August 24, 2008
The best photo I have of what was once a newer model Jaguar.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We got dressed and started responding. At this point we called dispatch to inform them that we had multiple reports of a fire on the Morongo Grade and that we would like some help. As we went down the grade we began to see smoke...a good sign. As we rounded one of the corners we saw the fire. It was a small spot fire on the side of the road. There was a CHP unit and a marine unit on scene setting up cones to block off the slow lane. Since the fire was in Riverside county we called Paris (the Riverside county fire dispatch) and asked if they had anyone responding. Turns out that both San Bernardino and Riverside counties had half the world responding.
We were first on scene followed very closely by engine 36 from Riverside county. Eric grabbed the line with Anthony and attacked the right side of the fire. I helped the firefighter from 36 attack the left side. Within a few minutes we had the fire contained. The Battalion Chief from Riverside decided that we had done enough by putting the fire out and released us (with an unprecedented thank you) so we could go back to our own area. We got to play and then we didn't have to do mop up. My kind of fire.
The view as we were leaving.
Crews starting mop up.
The engine in the foreground marks how far the fire spread.
Additional crews for mop up.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The patients' story goes something like this. He came home (maybe from work???) and discovered that his feet smelled really bad. He decided to take a bath and scrub his feet with bleach. I think that there was alcohol involved at some point in this story. He then said that he fell asleep in the tub. When he woke up he was thirsty so he grabbed the cup and took a swig....of bleach. The only complaint that he had was a bad aftertaste. We checked him out and then signed him out AMA.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Ashley (AKA Junior) doing a reverse hose lay. Here he is grabing our blower. Anyone see something amiss in this picture?
Junior grabbing the hose bundles.
Ashley pulling 200 feet of 2 1/2 inch hose.
Chris (He works Saturdays with me and Eric) doing his reverse hose lay.
Note that Chris has his suspenders on!
Pulling the 2 1/2 inch hose and bundles towards the objective (about where that bush is beyond the walls.
Our Deputy Chief decided to show us that he can still pull hose.
Craig grabbing the saws.
Later in the day we got to do more hose lays, the 2 1/2 inch exposure and attack lines. It was a long tiring day for all of us. This is Ashley again. Eric can be seen "pulling knobs" as we call it. That's all that Engineers do, well and chauffeur us around.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Eric picking up the tools and trash can at the end of a long day.
This dog came walking up to us. It was hot and dehydrated. We gave it some water and shade while I called the owner. The dog made it back home about 20 minutes later. Oh yeah, this is Grant, aka GG. He is our new firefighter on Thursdays and Fridays.
There was 2 feet of brush all through here with all of the trees reaching the ground.
We even had to cut some branches up here so the engine would fit.
Finishing touches. Not a very flattering picture. This was actually taken while GG sat in the shade with the dog.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The woman driving what was once a Ford Exploder said that she pulled off the highway when it started to overheat. As she did smoke started pouring out from under the hood. By the time that a tow truck driver pulled over to help, flames were rolling out under the glove compartment. The woman was still sitting in the drivers seat. I take this as proof that Darwin was right. The tow truck driver got her out and away from the vehicle. These are some shots of what was left of the Explorer.
From here the damage doesn't look so bad. Eric is chatting with our local CHP officers. We have a great working relationship with them.
The damaged end.
The fire went all through the passenger compartment. You can see the head liner that we had to rip out. We put it back in once the fire was extinguished.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The next call was for an 18 year old patient having a seizure. More accurately, she was having multiple seizures. By the time that we arrived on scene she was able to walk but her mom told us that, over the last hour, the patient had had 3 seizures, each lasting about 10 minutes. I did a quick assessment, plugged in a line and checked her blood sugar. I asked the patient if she had an aura (a tell tale sign that she was about to have a seizure). She said that she did and that she would let me know if she was going to have another seizure. At that point there was not much else to do other than wait for the ambulance.
Our next call was 22 hours later...for the same person. She had been discharged by the hospital later that night and started having seizures the next day. It made my assessment a little easier since I remembered her name, medical history, medications and allergies. Other than that the call went just about the same as the previous one.
My next patient called at 4:30 in the morning. She was a 23 year old female complaining of sever menstrual cramps. As a paramedic I have the ability, at my discretion, to do something for pain. Unfortunately some people know this and they call 911 and fake pain. This patient had called 911 3 times in the last couple of months with three different complaints of severe pain. Putting that aside, the way she acted on scene did not coincide with a patient in that much pain. Her vitals were all wrong and she was amazingly able to talk with so much as a grimace whenever we asked her a question. I wasn't willing to give her any morphine and I'm fairly liberal with it. The best part was when MBA showed up because the medic was female. Eric went outside and explained everything. Then the medic walked in and asked what the problem was. When the patient said that she was having severe menstrual cramps the medic asked rhetorically, "You called 911 for menstrual cramps?!" The patient then got really defensive and said that she didn't understand to which the medic said, "I'm 35 years old and have a kid, I know about pain." hehehe There are some things that a male paramedic just can't get away with saying.
My next patient was a 21 year old female that passed out while doing the dishes. When we got there she was laying on the couch complaining of a severe headache. We checked everything from her heart to her blood sugar it all checked out. After talking to Katie she thinks it may have been the start of a migraine. Who knows. We put her on a backboard, gave her some oxygen and started a line. After that all we could do was send her to the hospital for further testing.
Another call we had was for a fall with injuries. A 15 year old boy fell on a cup in his room and dislocated his patella (knee cap). We found him still laying on the floor in a lot of pain, especially when he tried to move. I started a line on him and tried to dope him up on morphine. By the time that MBA had shown up I had just finished giving him 6mg of morphine but he said that it wasn't doing a thing for his pain. Unfortunately there isn't a lot that I can do for someone that has a high drug tolerance for morphine so we packaged him up as best we could (we used a backboard and some pillows for support), gave him an ice pack, and sent him on his way. We told him that he better listen to his mom and clean his room after this accident.
My most recent patient was only 4 years old. His older sister knocked a TV over onto his head. His mom was panicking thinking that her son had a severe head injury. As I talked to the kid it became apparent that he was fine. He pointed to the spot where the TV made contact with his head and there wasn't even a red spot. Half way through my assessment the kid looked at his mom who was crying and he stopped talking. At this point I had my firefighter go and grab what we call a pedi-buddy. It's just a stuffed animal that we carry on the engine for just such occasions. With the help of the stuffed animal the patient again started talking to me. Thankfully the mom decided to sign him out AMA and take him to the hospital herself. This was one of those times where calming the mother down was the best treatment for my patient.
The average age of my patients over the last 8 calls is only 17!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
These are shots of some of the amazing thunderstorms that happen in our neck of the woods. This one stayed over the mountains from us. The down side is it's still really hot with the added bonus of humidity!
These were taken right in front of our station.