Today was a day to remember the people from the wars, but today we lost one. Our compan chaplain was on his motorcycle riding and enjoying the day. A car was at a stop sign and didnt see him comming. He t-boned the car with his bike. He was flown out via "Lifereach" helicopter. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. This is all the info I have at this time, I will try to keep updates when I get the information.
Here in South Carolina the great gas crunch is back. The price is expected to go from 3.41 a gallon to over 4.50. All of our training, and meetings, and everything has been called off due to the rise in fuel. This not only hurts our ability to respond, but also our wallets as volunteers. What cost me 45.00 today will cost me double that by this time next week. Not only that we are gonna lose alot of help on scene cause of the price of gas. I dont know how its affecting you but this makes me a… Continue
Here I am sitting at home hoping for a good call. The weather is a cool 71 degrees compared to the 100 degrees that we have been getting. Its been raining off and on and here when it rains we usually get dozens of calls at the same timd for auto accidents. Some serious some not. As much as I would love a good house fire but an accident scene is just as good some days. The best thing about being a volunteer is that the idea that you can give to the community and you get alot of respect back. Its… Continue
It's good to hear that you are doing better.
I know that you want to help others; that's pretty clear.
You can't do that by sacrificing your own good health.
In twenty two years of running with a fire department and many of those high speed MVAs on the interstate that we respond to, I have seen just about everything twisted and sick that you can imagine. After the first couple, I no longer would question anything that I did at the scene; either as a firefighter or when I was chief. Filling your head with questions and self doubt is the quickest way to cause you to "freeze" next time. Don't let it happen. You will gain experience and confidence with every run. You will grow stronger, physically and mentally. You will not lose your compassion, simply because you won't let it affect you emotionally. What you are doing is processing it differently than other things that aren't as shocking to your senses.
And if you stay in for many years, you will come out with your mind intact.
You'll do fine. You'll make your family, friends and community proud.
And you can always email me for a chat.