1968 Dodge Charger R/T - Fire Station 9 by Scott Crawford Via Flickr: These two parts of my world don’t intersect all that often, but the other day I was cruising around and I needed to go to the fire station to get a few things done. Looks pretty decent in front of Station 9.
The flag in this shot is still at half staff for the fallen Twisp firefighters.
We love this job and thank the good fortune that was bestowed upon us that we ARE firefighters.
And what’s not to love? We eat like kings, occasionally get paid to sleep and watch TV, have a home away from home and form friendships like no other. It’s as good a life as anybody could expect.
We proudly display our union stickers on our cars, and most of us have a few fire department t-shirts in our wardrobe. The public respects us, and we have earned it. We know this, and believe in ourselves for the most part, but nothing in our lives is absolutely perfect. There is always the chance that something will happen that we have no control over. And it’s those fears that keep us up at night.
Every firefighter holds a few secrets that they typically keep to themselves:
1) The weight of responsibility that we bear is crushing.
Maintaining the illusion of an aloof but invincible know-it-all, can-do firefighter is work. Believe it or not, we do it not for ourselves, but for those who depend on us. Firefighters are always on duty. There is no down time. The mind is never at rest. People depend on us to know what to do when they don’t. There are a million things that could go wrong at any second, and firefighters are expected to perform. We keep this knowledge buried, for the most part, but it is always there.
I live in Kelowna; part of the Okanagan which is the ONLY true desert in Canada. Right now we are smokey, but not nearly as bad as the coast is. (No alerts or anything yet) My entire family lives in Abbotsford so I know everything that you guys are dealing with, and here’s the deal;
If you can make your way up to Kelowna, I can provide a place to sleep, food, and protection from smoke. My sister had to come stay with me because her asthma can’t handle all the smoke on the coast.
I live in a large house, me and my wife, she is a transwoman, so we are absolutely lgbtqa+ safe!!
If you guys need anything, I’m in BC, Kelowna is only a few hours from Vancouver so if you need anything, let me know!!
Kelowna, being used to the dry temperatures, is not on extreme water bans, so even if you’re passing through and you need water, PLEASE let me know.
Also, my dad is a firefighter, working outside of Abbotsford, so guys, if you need anything, my family there is willing to help too.
Update: 7/14/15 We have had a really wet weekend that took away the smoke, the skies are clear again, and the fires are mostly out, only approx 150 remain in the province of British Columbia. We are doing fine now. Thank you so much to everyone for your support. <3 We could not have done this without you.
Fire Tornadoes, or Fire Whirls, form in situations where fires are present through similar mechanisms to tornadoes. Hot air is trying to rise, but it can’t get through a thicker layer of colder air, so it bursts through in one spot. When air compresses itself from a wide area into a small cone, the angular momentum of the air causes the full cloud to rapidly spin. This is perhaps the largest fire whirl I’ve ever seen. It was filmed last week by a firefighter working in Idaho.
THANKS FOR FOLLOWING THE #MYPUBLICLANDSROADTRIP AT THE NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER OR NIFC!
This past week our @mypubliclands Instagram account shared photos of and from BLM firefighters - we are beyond thankful for their hard-work and service! Thanks for following this week and learning more about NIFC.
Look, i work for a private ambulance company as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. Some people who work for the county ambulance services, they usually hang out at the fire station and they even have beds to sleep there sometimes. Well people who work for some private ambulance company’s dont get a station, we get “posts” which is just basically “You go sit here at this spot and wait for a call” and sometimes we can be sitting there for no time at all and honestly other times it can be up to an hour or more at a time. I personally work 13 hour shifts, at night 4 days a week in a row, so i get home and dont get much sleep. And just last night someone called my company and reported my driver and I for taking 5 in our unit. (while it was parked, in a parking lot.) And i wake up to a very angry field supervisor calling the company phone, yelling at me and i got a infraction for this. This isn’t some poor me story, but guys, if you see an ambulance and its just sitting in one spot for awhile, and the EMT’s/Paramedics are taking a snooze, please just let them be and dont go as far as calling the company for it. If we’re not at a station it means were in a ambulance for hours on hours. We gotta take five when we can, would you want someone sleep deprived treating you, or someone who was able to get at least a little sleep and can properly process thoughts? Moral of the story, we do our best, not for us, but for you guys. Thank you.
CHINA, TIANJIN : This photo taken on August 14, 2015 shows a firefighter
walking past damaged cars at the site of the explosions in Tianjin.
Residents near the site of two giant explosions in the northern Chinese
port city of Tianjin were being evacuated on August 15 over fears of
toxic contamination, the official Xinhua news agency said. CHINA OUT
Meet Jhennifer Rawlings, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist out of Billings, Montana
Jhennifer combines her love of Montana with her enthusiasm to work with the public in her new position at the Bureau of Land Management.
Rawlings joins the BLM after over 13 years working for U.S. Forest in the fuels and prescribed burns. She earned her degree in resource conservation from the University of Montana.
She is excited to be a part of the Montana team and enjoys spreading awareness on how the public can prevent wildfires. She encourages the public to take an active part in fire prevention and protect their homes.
We are thankful for all wildland fire personnel, especially this time of year! To learn more about BLM Montana’s fire branch, visit http://on.doi.gov/1EJ5npj.
Shazia Parveen is the first woman to work as a professional firefighter in Pakistan, after overcoming seven months of exhausting training to become the only person selected out of a pool of 600 different candidates.
“Most women are scared of working alongside men,” she told reporters. “But I think these differences must be shunned… At the outset, people would laugh at me when they saw me working with
male workers, but afterwards, when I saved their precious properties
during fires, they started admiring me.”
“It is a common perception here that women only set fuel to fire,“ she continued. “Aurtain aag lagati hain. I want to clarify this misconception by becoming a fire fighter.”