Firefighter Rookies First Fire Alarm For 2008

Just returned home from our first fire call of 2008. 14 years of firefighter experience, training and dedication...... Yeah you guessed it - a carbon monoxide alarm. Not just a carbon monoxide alarm, a bad battery in a carbon monoxide detector. Can't get more exciting than that. Sure, the rookies were thrilled, packs on - CO detectors in hand - helmets in place. I even had to drive because all my engine pump operators were still celebrating the effects of New Years Eve........we won't see them until noon! Ice all over the place because it's freezing outside, too narrow streets in the area with cars parked everywhere because of all the New Years Eve parties, but those Rookies were still happy.

Zero readings in the residence, grumpy homeowners who wanted us to leave another extra battery above the one we replaced for them in case it happens again. But those damn Rookies didn't care, happily replaced the battery, glad to be on the first fire call of the year. It's contagious I tell you, just being a part of the enthusiasm of the new generation of firefighters. It's a good thing, you know, and just when I was deciding that and backing the engine into the bay we heard the squad dispatched for CPR in progress by frantic family members a few blocks away. An hour into the new year and someone coded......What a way to start the year.

Another reminder of how short it all is and how it all matters everyday. Keep the enthusiasm alive. Never get complacent. Keep your training strong and your morale stronger. Take a reminder from the Rookies, it is great!

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