The first call I answered in NY was a false alarm. My first call here in SC, I will never forget.
It was a structure fire where we lost a mother, and three children. It was a very difficult time
for the entire fire department. This is not the way anyone should have to answer their first alarm, but it happens. I can only prey that I don't have to come accross another alarm such as that.
Hey Eric, Thank you for responding to the discussion.
I'm sure that was a sight to see. I'm sorry that you had to
deal with the loss of life at that call. It was probability best
that you where at the LZ. For some that can be very difficult
to get through. Again, thank you, and be safe out there brother.
I had my first call just last week. Passed the Alaska FF1 the week before. Monday at 1:10am - Structure fire. Arrived on scene from 20 miles away to the sight of two buildings on fire - they were built back around the turn of the century (the last one, not this one) and were only 3.5 feet apart. The fire started in the basement of a 4 unit apt building and spread to the adjacent single family home. Everyone got out without injury. We saved the apt building but we lost the house. It was a tough 6 hours. Everyone went home safely.
Then on Thursday morning at 2:33am I got a call for an MVA. Remote dead end highway 37 miles from town. I was second on scene right behind my station captain although the cops passed us on the way. There was an engine in the road. And a steering wheel. Cops said three kids. (Two of whom had graduated from HS just two days before) One was DOA. We pulled him out of the car without ever even seeing the car it was buried so completely in the trees and undergrowth. All we could initially see were feet and lower legs. One with severe trauma - who somehow flew through about 60 feet of dense forest. Did patient assessment and was never so relieved as when the ambulance showed up with a paramedic. Got the patient packaged and we carried him up the steep hillside and into the ambulance. The one victim who was buckled up escaped with minor injuries. Tough call. Learned a lot.
Hey David, Thanks for responding to the discussion. Wow, you did
have a lot of action you first wek on the job, and as you said, you
learned much that week. It seems that you have to travel a good
distance before arriving to the scene. I take it that your department
covers a very large area. Again, thank you for sharing your story with
us, and be safe out there Brother.
Hey James, Thanks for responding to the discussion.
Years ago we had our turnout gear on the trucks, but now
that we have our gear in the station, I have seen that happen
so don't feel bad. On some of our trucks we carry hard hat's now,
just incase someone forgets their helmet. Stay safe out there Brother.
So I just went on my first call. Nothing huge or anything, but it was an EMS call. An older lady fell needed to be trans. to hospital. That's about it. lol - although nothing extreme happened, it was a good first call for me, met a few more guys and they explained everything well. So next time around when I get on scene, they will know me and I will know them.
My first call was for a working structure fire at a local gun club. When we arrived we found the front half of the structure fully involved on both floors. We fought that fire for many hours and didn't have to worry about water with a pond in front of the house next to the road. To clarify this was a residence at the Rod & Gun Club. The part that gets a little more interesting is that when it was all said and done we found a body in the basement. Yeah, not a call that I'm going to forget, even if it's 9 years ago.