We all have been dispatched to runs that sound routine and to others where the dispatcher's voice makes it clear that this run will be serious. The difference should be minimal. While in many cases the dispatchers do know what is going on, sometimes they don't know or the information...
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Once outside, I shook my hands until my gloves went flying. I couldn't see because my facepiece was black, but I could hear voices. I began walking toward where I thought Engine 81 had finally parked so that someone could strip me out of my gear. I stopped when I walked into a tree just outside of the gate to the fenced yard. Chief 8–1 and Firefighter Isanogle removed my helmet, breathing apparatus, hood, facepiece and turnout coat. I removed my turnout pants and boots and then walked down to an EMS unit. I was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital and treated for first- and second-degree burns to both hands, forearms, left elbow and right shoulder.
WILLIAM GOLDFEDER, EFO, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 33-year veteran of the fire service. He is a deputy chief with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in Ohio, an ISO Class 2 and CAAS-accredited department. Goldfeder has been a chief officer since 1982, has served on numerous IAFC and NFPA committees, and is a past commissioner with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and is an active writer, speaker and instructor on fire service operational issues. Goldfeder and Gordon Graham host the free and noncommercial firefighter safety and survival website www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com. Goldfeder may be contacted at BillyG@FirefighterCloseCalls.com.