Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gettin' It Done in the 951.

Batt. 2 units battle a fire in a single family dwelling, Nov. 25, 2016.

I caught the tail end of this last night. The fire had started in the garage and and burned through into the attic. When I arrived, the garage fire was knocked down and the truckies were making a coordinated attack on the attic with interior crews. While I was a little bummed missing the garage knockdown, I was pretty happy to capture the attic portion of the battle. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt during this incident.

I know tactics change over time, but I still struggle watching crews attack attic fires from above. It was always pretty much a Bozo No-No to stick a nozzle through a vent hole when I was on the job, now it is in the tool box, in the top tray. That's why old bastards like me retire. Change is tough for us.

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It had been a while since I had been out on a fire, it was good to see some of my peeps again. It makes me feel good to see "new guys" wearing red helmets and driving trucks.

Thanks for reading,

Schmoe

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Persiods 2016

The hype said that the annual Persiod meteor shower was going to be the best since 2009. As I was truly impressed with last years show and didn't want to miss out, I packed up the gear and headed out to Joshua Tree National Park.


 Photographically, I was a little disappointed. Out of almost 600 images, I captured 15 with meteors in them. None had a "fireball" type meteor in them, though some were a little bigger than others.
Visually, it was absolutely amazing. This years Persiods lived up to the hype and delivered a spectacular display. The thousands of other people that had driven into the middle of the desert probably agree. What a display!


 I was there from about 8:30 Thursday night until 2:30 Friday morning. I slipped into bed about 0430 yesterday and didn't get much done around here after I got up. Oh well, there is always tomorrow. It was worth it.


 The Persiods are an annual event, One that I will try not to miss.

Thanks for reading,

Schmoe

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sadness

Easy shifts and quiet nights, Dave. You're awesome buddy!

Battalion Chief David Campos 
1949-2016

The older I get, the more often we have to go through this. I worked with Dave at old 6's, he was the engineer, I was the firefighter. We worked for Rick Kosar (he passed 5-6 years ago) and though the house was old, cramped and sort of run-down, we all got on well enough. Part of that was because Dave was a really, nice guy.

I was never assigned to work for Dave after he made Captain or Chief, but we did work together on several major incidents. We retired about the same time and though he was a bit older than me, I still can't believe he's gone. He was a true family guy, I know his family must be devastated. 

Well, shit.