I have come to the conclusion that after today's shift the the hardest house fires to put out are those of hoarders. Mostly because of of all the clutter that can burn. I have had a few and they are some of the worst. In one of the houses there was a man who collected newspapers. I bet you can count on your fingers how fast it went up in seconds. Has any one encountered any structure fires with so much junk that when you make an entry there is nowhere to go? Sorry for any randomness
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03-02-2011, 04:14 PM #1
The Worst House Fires
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03-02-2011, 04:52 PM #2Stay Safe and Well Out There....
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03-02-2011, 05:15 PM #3
03-02-2011, 06:22 PM #4
Favorite to put out: All of 'em. As quickly as possible.
Least favorite - old houses with dozens of void spaces.
Absolute least favorite - hay fires (and barn fires with lots of hay).Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.
03-02-2011, 06:41 PM #5
Bizarre thread.I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."
"When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."
03-02-2011, 06:56 PM #6
03-02-2011, 07:00 PM #7
Some sobering thoughts.....
I still remember one fatal house fire I went to - it was down the road from my then-boyfriend.....our department was paged out for a reported 'working fire' - as we pulled out of his driveway we could see the glow and there was another neighbor in the road on her phone saying it 'was the old mans' house'.....I still remember her cordless phone was white.......we get down the road to find a working fire in an old summer bungalow which had been inhabitated by an 'old man'....I used to see him almost every day walking up the road but never knew where he lived.....
At the time we would get gear off the apparatus, so we did, and worked on extinguishing the fire.....I helped carry the old man from him resting place outside on the ground up to the coroners' van.....apparently the fire started between him and the door and he made it out of the building before collapsing.....
This was almost 20 years ago and I can still picture it.....it was my first fatal fire.....
Are some structure fires 'fun'...well - I guess in out sometimes twisted minds, yes, it may be 'fun' - or a better work might be invigorating, exciting.....but mostly, they are a sobering reminder that we all are mortal.....things don't last forever, and tragedy can hit anyone at any time......
03-02-2011, 07:10 PM #8
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03-02-2011, 08:31 PM #10
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03-02-2011, 08:40 PM #11
I'm sorry if I mis worded this. By NO means do I enjoy seeing fires burn peoples homes or take lives. I was just trying to hear a few stories. Stay Safe everyone. I am going to edit and reword my thread. Oh and sorry if this was random.
03-02-2011, 08:53 PM #12
If you don't enjoy doing this then wtf are you on a forum about it. Of course it can be fun. There is nothing in my life more ENJOYABLE then staring at a darkened doorway masking up. I might not sit around and say "man, I hope **** burns today" but I will tell you that "if **** has to burn, I hope it burns in my district." Give the guy a break. All he wants to hear is some war stories.
Never did he say that watching a family stare at their properties go up in smoke was "fun," and I don't remember reading "I enjoy fatalities."
Jesus, sometimes its like people on here are just picking at **** to start a 3 page long feces throwin' fu**ing fiasco."It's a living thing brian..."
03-02-2011, 09:08 PM #13
03-02-2011, 09:44 PM #14
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As Lt. McCormack said, "My names Ray, and I like to go to fires."
I don't like that people get hurt, that people lose their home and/or possessions, that people may die. I don't hope for fires, but they happen. If they are going to happen, I'd rather be going to it.
Maybe like is a bad word, but if firemen didn't want to work, it wouldn't be a fight to get into a busy company. Guys wouldn't be trying to get jobs at busy departments. Think about it, what companies have the most people trying to transfer into them? The busiest ones.
03-02-2011, 09:49 PM #15
I enjoy fighting every single fire I face.
I hate every fire for what it does to lives and property
Therefore, the ceasing of devastation that fire brings is the reason for my enjoyment when extinguishing it.
Clear?"I was always taught..." Four words impacting fire service education in the most negative of ways. -Bill Carey
03-02-2011, 09:53 PM #16
03-02-2011, 10:01 PM #17FTM-PTB-EGH-RFB-KTF
03-02-2011, 10:04 PM #18
On further review - grass fires would be a favorite. Generally nothing is lost (but dead grass), and we get to do battle with the red devil. Sometimes there's an element of terror (like one of our guys who found a manure pit the hard way - peeee-U!), but generally it's just sweep, swat, spray and go home.Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.
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