February 2008

Oof. My spleen.





A vampire bat considers his prey.


You don’t know the half of it.

Why yes, thanks for asking.  That *is* an old school HR16.  Bought it lightly used in 89; it’s still going strong.



Those snowbanks are eight feet tall and are as hard as concrete.


Another rollover; this time the vehicle landed on its feet.

It was snowing really hard on the way to this call. It was frequently hard to determine where the road lay due to the whiteout conditions. The snow lightened briefly while the patient was being boarded then became heavy again for the transport to the hospital.


My volunteer department was toned for a chimney fire. Our first two trucks arrived on scene within 14 minutes despite the winter storm. On the way over, my captain and I ‘packed up’; put on air packs.

The residents were in the driveway on our arrival. As the captain and I made our way to the house to reconnoiter with the thermal imaging camera, the grandmotherly resident admonished us to take our boots off before we went in the house.

I went into the house first; through the mud room then into the kitchen. There was moderate to heavy smoke in the house from the ceiling to about chest height; somewhat unusual for a chimney fire without extension. I crouched and moved through the kitchen into the living room. As I made my way across the living room, I could see the wood stove. The wall behind the wood stove and the ceiling above it were in flames.

We retreated smartly and returned to our engine. We grabbed a 2 1/4″ line and hauled it into the house, through the mud room, through the kitchen, into the living room. I got on my knees to increase visibility and, once the captain was ready, opened the nozzle to extinguish the flames. I got the wall and the ceiling with 15 – 30 seconds of water, then the captain stepped ahead and pulled down part of the ceiling with a hook, revealing fire above. Once there was a big hole, I climbed up and jetted water through the hole into the void between the ceiling and roof for a few minutes while the captain made some other holes for inspection.

The above photo was taken a few minutes after completion of this initial attack. Light in the photo was provided by the small red generator with attached halogen lamp. The power and lights were on during the initial attack.

Additional damage was done to the house during the overhaul phase; the rest of the ceiling and two walls were pulled down to ensure that all extension had been extinguished. Major damage was limited to a single room with some water and smoke damage elsewhere, though.


February 1, 2008

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