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    Cool 1st Call As A Volunteer

    My 1st call as a Volunteer was a T/C; Tractor Trailer rollever, HazMat, Driver needed to be extricated and it was on a busy freeway during going home traffic.

    1st call as a Paid-Call FF was a CPR; initial Medic Ambulance went O/S with engine problems, second went O/S with a flat tire and the Ambulance that actually made it to the scene was well over 1 1/2 hours.

    1st call as Career I can not recall.....
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    My first run was a motorcycle down on a major freeway. The biker lost control and drove through a barbwire fence off the side of the freeway. Just finished my fire academy and was currently enrolled into my EMT class. The patient was in PEA and and it was called on scene. I payed attention to the trauma portion of my class a little more after that eye opener.

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    My first call was a house fire with a woman trapped. By the time we got there the house was already heavily involved. The husband had to be arrested for impeding our rescue attempts. Anyway, we lost the house and the woman, the husband was investigated for arson and possible muder, but they did a crappy job on the investigation and couldn't build a strong enough case. The husband was aquitted.

    That was the first time I had ever seen a burned body, I'll never forget it either. I would never have known there was a body on what was left of the bed had I not scene her teeth between her lips.
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    My "First" call was when I was doing a fire explorer program back in HS 13 years ago. We where given a pile of lumber to burn out in the parking lot of our HS and we where lucky to have a 2 hour block class for our "Career Devl course". We started burning the rather large pile of lumber, all suited up in turnout gear... and the wind shifted. It blew the smoke directly into the schools HVAC system and triggered the alarm system. We where outside and had no clue but as we just finished extinguishing the fire and about to stretch out hose 1500 students start pouring out the doors. Of course they see us and didn't know we where not real fireman and the smell of smoke was everywhere so they all where worried. It was a little whoops but we sure had a great time!

    My first real call on the dept was to a barn fire of a dog breeder. Total loss because they had spread sawdust 2-3 inches thick through the whole barn for the dog kennels and then heated it with a wood stove. 3 alarm fire and lost a lot of dogs that night and a few where rescued but not pretty. A second exposure started going up about 40 yards away and the house and oil tanks about 50 yards away all showed heat damage but thankfully where saved.

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    My first was an industrial accident at a local lumber mill. An employee was driving a jeep and met a huge Latourneau loader (similiar to pic). He lost that battle. We had to remain on scene for 2hrs waiting for the coroner to investigate before we could extricate the body.




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    My first call was a MVA with some minor injurys. I was on the second truck so all I did was direct some traffic

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    My first call was our departments first call, we'd had our truck for just a few days.Fortunately we all got trained while waiting for the truck to arrive.
    The call was a mobile home fire. As we pulled in the driveway, a man met us shouting, let it burn, it'll be less to clean up. The structure was 50% involved, but we knocked it back, put it out. Later we found the body of his murdered roommate.
    That was 19 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

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    1994 1st payed call ARFF Cesna 180 took out some taxie way signs

    2002 1st Volunteer garage Fire, saved the garage

    2004 1 st EMS call DOA little old lady
    2nd EMS water truck roll over DOA

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    Quote Originally Posted by treeguy View Post
    My first call was our departments first call, we'd had our truck for just a few days.Fortunately we all got trained while waiting for the truck to arrive.
    The call was a mobile home fire. As we pulled in the driveway, a man met us shouting, let it burn, it'll be less to clean up. The structure was 50% involved, but we knocked it back, put it out. Later we found the body of his murdered roommate.
    That was 19 years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday.
    Never good when they say let it burn... I doubt your ever going to forget that one.

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    My first call was a public assist. I got to help lift a guy off the chair he was in and put him in bed. He used to be a brother of our dept. So compaired to some of your storys, mine is quite boring.

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    My first call was a chimney fire in 5 degree windy weather. I got to stand outside and watch the chimney spout off like the fourth of july.

    It was so cold, when I got back home I could not get in the garage because the battery in the door opener was dead from the cold. I had bunked up in my pj s and did not have my house key. I drove around for a half hour with my door opener under the heater then went back home, got the garage door open.

    Lessons learned: Never bunk in pj s, always take a house key, and change that battery.
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    My first call was probably the biggest call I had ever been on. I have been a member for 22 years.

    It was a lightning strike to the bell in a tower of an old church, recently converted to a luxury concert hall. They bring in classical talent from all over the world.

    My wife and child were honking at me from the car during a downpour. I thought they needed an umbrella. She said the concert hall was on fire. I drove straight to the concert hall only to find that no one was there and the tower was completely engulfed. We drove straight to the fire station and my wife went to call 911. About a minute later the sirens sounded and I was dressed and out the door with the tanker. I arrived first and as soon as I had hit the tower with water, it collapsed. I quickly dropped my helmet shield, but still felt the heat blast from the tower crashing. Instantly my brain says "What did I get myself into?" I was scared. Turns out we had five mutual aid departments respond. Later one of the more experienced departments slapped my shoulder and asked if I was ready to get on the roof. They shoved me up the steep angled roof and just as I got the roof ladder hooked, I slipped and rolled down to the edge where the same FF caught me before I tumbled over the side. He was my beer distributor and said as he caught me, "Who do you love." I said "Miller Beer." We then proceeded to cut a hole in the roof to vent the heat and smoke. After a short while we realized the ground crews had been trying to get a hold of us. We couldn't see, but the roof was sagging pretty badly. When command tells you to come down, you come down. I was resting and then the interior attack was beginning and the crew needed to know the layout of the interior. I was sitting in the rest area and was I grabbed again and was standing just inside the smokey lower entrance giving layout directions, when I got my first strong whiff of smoke inhalation. I was shocked. My lungs hurt terribly. I had to ask the ambulance ems crews to give me some oxygen. My lungs immediately felt better. (We now have oxygen ready at every fire.)


    Lines were everywhere and crowds too. Media, etc.

    Of course there have been big fires since, but not quite like that one. I was a 35 year old rookie then and got a huge shot of experience right away. So many mistakes and I learned to have a lot of respect for fire and smoke that day. Maybe it was good that I had that as my first fire. I can never forget standing in front of the building watching the tower fully involved and roaring and my wife and baby boy watching wide eyed and no one else around. I drove straight to the fire instead of the station. What a rookie ding dong I was, but I was still the first FF on scene. The structure was saved.

    My first one was one I will never forget

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    as the son of a former chief i sat in the truck and watched many fires. the first one was a structure and sat there watch the windows all blow out . as a jr.(dad still chief). an accident on the interstate i helped extricate a friend from high school and her father. I think that cemented my path as a FF/EMT.

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    The first call I was on was when we were doing storm clean-up (I wasn't even a member, but father was so of course I got involved). They were paged to a farm with serious storm damage with a propane tank that got rolled over and was leaking. The farm was tore apart. Now in two years I've been on two tornadoes and a third system go directly over.

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    First call was during my parents 25th anniversary party. Lots of guests over. In the middle of them opening their gifts I got my first page, a reported house fire. I jumped up, threw my shoes on and ran out the door, forgot my keys and had to run back in. My dad gave me a dirty look because I got to, and he didnt want to leave my mom during their own party. But he was also the only assistent chief that could respond at the time, so she understood. The actual fire was only about two blocks from the hall, and when I stepped out of my vehicle I could smell smoke right away and see a slight haze in the distance. Got bunkered up and had to wait for the second truck (Probies aren't allowed on the first truck out) I ended up jumping on the rescue truck. When we got their I could see flames in a window of a porch, which were quickly knocked down by the first due. Cleaned up a bit and that was it. Was exciting for me because it was my first fire (as a member) Had been to a few before that with my dad, because he knew as soon as I was old enough I was going to apply.

    My first really big fire was about 3 weeks ago. That was really exciting. Sadly the couples home was completely lost. It was 25 below zero outside and we had some problems with our pumper, ended up dropping the porta-tank and drafting out of that for the whole night. Were on scene for about 6 hours. We had to work in 30 minute shifts due to people getting frostbite. Best part for me was, I got to drive a grass rig out there, probies are not supposed to drive, but the chief just yelled at me while waiting for one more "YOU DRIVE"

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    I was 16 a junior FF almost 6 years ago. My first call was a mva with unknown injuries. The communications told us it was a mile West of town so at the T we turned to the west about 30 secs later after our pumper and rescue turned they reported that it was 1 mile East of town so our trucks had to turn around and it look like a convoy. It turned out to be non injury I learned how to direct traffic. and hoe the chief gets mad LOL at Communications!!!!
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    My first call while I was a wee boy was when my dad was home with me and my mom was off with my brother and my dad got a call for a barn fire full of hay. My dad dragged me out the door with only one shoe on, got to the station and threw me in the engine and off we went. I sat in the cab the whole time and don't remember much of it other than flames out the roof. When I was old enough to actually do anything, my first call was during an ice storm, power lines down over the road, and I sat at an intersection in the freezing weather and told people they could not go this way. VERY EXCITING!

    My first call on my current department was a fully involved log home. They let us help around the attack pumper, and pretty much change bottles and watch. Afterward we got to walk through and see things. Medical was a diabetic emergency, man had not eaten in 2 days he said but spent all his money on beer.

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    When I was 7 I was riding with my Dad in his pick-up when he was paged to a lawnmower on fire. It was a total loss.

    First call as a member of the department, full size van on the freeway, it was a total loss.

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    I'm one of three volunteers at an otherwise all-paid department, so rather than respond from home I generally just show up at the start of a shift and ride along for the day.

    Anyways, my first day doing so after being issued gear (and being a complete newbie, I got "on the job" training) was for an elderly woman feeling suicidal. She just wanted someone to talk to, apparently. I just kind of stood there holding the jump bag and watching the other guys.

    I didn't see a fire of any kind for a year (to the day); that's when I rode a car fire right in front of the station. I still haven't had a "real" structure fire after more than a year and a half into things, though we had an AC unit that set the siding on fire last Friday, but that was over in a few seconds.

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