Saturday, July 24, 2010

It Looked Good from Afar

It looked pretty good from afar, we watched it for most of the time we were on the road.

The closer we got, the less intense it appeared.

Finally, we arrived and reported to the staging area manager. As the units already on scene did such a good job, our services were not really needed and we ended up stuck in staging until we were released.

Later, we talked to one of the first in units while we were in the command post. They said that they arrived on scene and found an immediate structure threat. They were on their own for a while, but were able to save several homes.

I'm sure this wasn't our last vegetation fire of the summer, maybe we will get to play a little more on the next one. 

Thanks for reading,


  1. Capt Schmoe:
    Probably about three months or so ago, there was a fire in a small one story wood frame ranch style house about 2 or 3 miles from my home. The response was to be three pumpers, a truck and the chief, plus stand by EMS. One of the pumpers was very close, and one just a tiny bit further, and the truck came out of that station too. The third pumper comes from several miles away, farther than I live from that scene. To make a long story short, the first two pumpers and the truck make initial attack, do the searches and put the fire out before the third pumper can get there. By the time they are there, they are put back in service.

    No fun for them. No fun for you. Ah...

    Thanks for the story, and the reminder. It made me smile at the quirkiness of this emergency business.

    The Observer

  2. We had a hell of a code three run though....