December 2004


I had a great Christmas… Here’s what I got.

My uncle gave it to me. He had decided that this car did not fit his needs anymore and thought it would suit me… So he came up with an idea for a three way switch. My niece got our Saturn wagon, and my uncle took my niece’s car (which, coincidentally, used to be his mom’s car and has served four generations of our family).

I’ve got my front strobes in it… I have a siren/airhorn that I bought for the Saturn that will be going in, and I have a ‘wig-wag’ unit on order for the tail-lights. The trunk is a perfect fit for my various bags of gear.

Thanks, Uncle!

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They’ve arrested Nick Griffin for remarks against Islam… They’ve been holding members of Griffin’s posse for five months without charges.

The lefties would say that it’s America that has a first-amendment rights problem. People should look around; other ‘civilized’ countries don’t even have the pretense of freedom of speech.

Let freedom ring! Hooray for America!

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Two more calls yesterday. First one was a bit of a downer since I drove the strobes on the rescue truck into the bottom of the garage door… I hadn’t thrown it open far enough. It was my second time taking the bus out by myself and it was very early; 05:30. Still, it sucked. I damaged the door quite a bit; luckily the strobes somehow escaped unharmed. To cap it off, the call was a false alarm.

Wrecking the garage door really sucked since I had wrecked Rabid’s car just the day before by driving it into a tree stump as me and the boys attempted to leave to hunt for solstice bush. Hmm… Trees showing solidarity? Anyway, I was morosely surveying the smashed fog lamp hanging by a wire from the bottom of the cracked, smashed, and displaced front panel of the car when Calvin pointed out the dripping green fluid. I managed to drive it over to a garage yesterday where an FD buddy told me that in addition to the cosmetic stuff, the radiator was cracked. It went up to the dealer by flatbed today, forty miles worth. So much for the holidays; all the presents will have to go back to get Rabid’s car back on the road.

Happily, I did not wreck any motor vehicles today (so far). Let’s hope the chain is broken.

The second call was to the next town over. I got to the shortness of breath call at the same time as the ambulance. The ambulance was staffed by a guy that I know to be an EMT-I and another guy who’s certification level I am not aware of. The i-tech did a quick assessment and sent the other guy out to get the SPO2 meter out of the ambulance, asking me to get the O2 set up. The SP02 meter measures saturated oxygen in the bloodstream and is a good indicator of someone’s respiratory function (as opposed to respiratory effort, which you can assess visually). Don’t ask me why the meter wasn’t in the ambulance jump bag, but it wasn’t. I got the O2 up and going and a minute or two later the second ambulance guy came back and said he couldn’t find the SP02 meter. I knew it wasn’t in the jump bag and knew where it went in an ambulance, so I went out and got it. I was back in the house in thirty seconds and I think the i-tech was pretty impressed. Yea, clue!

Two more medical calls today; that makes eight calls since lunchtime Thursday. Two fires, six medical calls. My back is a little sore from a bad stairchair carry at my last call… I’m always conscious of how I pick up things, but I had to carry my end of the chair at about knee height going down a flight of stairs. Ouch. At least there was no vomit at the calls today, though three of the recent medical calls have involved passing out or nearly passing out in the bathroom.

Here’s another picture from the fire on Friday.

You can see a lot of steam coming off the roof of the residence. The steam is from the water I’m spraying on the house coming into contact with the walls and roof of the house which are being heated through radiation from the very hot fire. The house is that hot.

These pictures were taken by some person in town. I had him bring his digital by the station where I sucked the pictures onto the office PC, then onto CD. I had three sets of prints made from these pictures; two for the department and one for the homeowner. The two department sets circulated at the fundraising dinner we gave Saturday night; I dropped the other set off to the homeowner today. The homeowner and a group of other people were building a small building to shelter the miniature ponies that they used to keep in the barn (the animals were out when the fire broke out, thankfully). They were excited to see the pictures and as I left all of the people were gathered around looking at the prints.

Three more since yesterday; all medical calls. The last one was tough since the patient was covered from head to toe in thick black vomit. Way gross.

Here’s the picture my new icon is from.

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