There is nothing worse than pulling up on scene of a working fire and reporting out on apparatus radio!
"Engine 48 is out at 8514 E. Northwest Hwy., we have got a four story apartment complex, ordinary construction with wood roof, lots of fire, people jumping from balcony, We are making a quick attack for rescue, give me a signal 2-11! Engine 57 bring water, Truck 37 come to front of structure with ladders and saws, people trapped." Passing command to second in company.
That sound of a persons last cry for help never leaves, You are lucky if you die in the fire, the one’s who are burned bad and live for only a few days after go thru living hell. I sent 31 days in Parkland Hospital burn unit in Dallas , Texas with my own brother who was burned in a grain elevator explosion, he was a firefighter in Waco, Texas. I wouldn’t wish that type of death on my worst enemy.
After 34 years of service, I still can’t handle seeing burnt children at a fire scene, Lord knows it happens far to many times. If you don’t have fire and smoke alarms in you apartments or house, get them soon, just might save your life!
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