Back in the early ’90’s I was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician with the local village fire department out in Cayuga County. The training, though rigorous and ongoing, was an adrenalin rush ~ not quite the rush as a real call, though. I took all the appropriate courses required to drive either the ambulance, rescue or the tanker/pumper firetrucks, as well as become a basic EMT. For those three years I was “on call” 24/7 as a volunteer, working a “regular job” during the day and responding to calls as needed anytime between 5:00 pm and 8:00 am. It’s a tough job, and it’s not for everyone.
My sig other at the time was also a firefighter. And later on, he continued as a firefighter when I left the service. The following photos were taken at a “scheduled burn down” by Aurelius Fire Department somewhere around 1991-1992. I took them as a spectator with a Kodak 110 film camera. It just goes to show the “progress” of an actual fire. Take a look and I’ll comment some more on the other side.
From the moment the fire was started in the first photo until is was fully engulfed was about 2-3 minutes. Seriously. I always thought that, should a fire start in my own home, I would have plenty of time to get a few necessities out before the fire claimed my belongings. Not true! In all liklihood, you would die from smoke inhalation before the flames ever got to you… if you were lucky enough, that is! The same goes for trying to put the fire out yourself. A small, “containable” fire can grow to life threatening in mere seconds. Not every fire responds to water, indeed, some fires are made worse by spraying or pouring water on them! *steps down off soap box*
Not everyone gets to see the true progression of a building fire, so I just thought I’d share what I have. Hope you enjoyed!
Till next I blog… TTFN!
~ Tamara Eckstadt