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    Angry Rant on......I must vent! Bare with me......

    We've had a rough weekend at the station. Started out Sat. morning at 7:41 with a 1 vehicle accident. Three victims, one entrapment. The 13 year old boy died on scene. Family was on scene, lots of people they knew....bad scene. Then we had two grass fires the same day. Then on Sunday an EMR call and two more grass fires. Another call this morning. Training meeting tonight that we used as a CISD session. We needed it more than we realized. We finished the meeting after 2 hours, I felt like I had been run over by a truck. (Does anyone else feel like this?) Anyway, it was well worth it. Get home and get called out for another call, fire and strange odor near an asphalt plant that I've fought two fires at.........no fun at all. So naturally we're thinking it's another fire at the plant. Get on scene and sure enough....a lot of fire showing, funny odor, sky is lit up and a lot of noise coming from the fire. Kind of a high pressure type sound. Because of the size of the lot and a fence it's hard to tell what's going on, so two of the guys start hoofing it around the back too check it out. The chief asked me to go down a road next to the plant and get a different line of sight on it. That's when the fun started, some guy pulls up next to me and gets all smart*****. Tells me he's burning off a gas well and it's none of our business. (****ed me off big time!) I pointed out to him that it's next to a asphalt plant and a four lane highway and people with cell phones call in these fires. Didn't matter to him..... "I told everyone around here" was his reply. Asked him if he called 911, same answer. Asked him to call 911 and tell them and he didn't do it still..... #&$^ mother #&#&@* sorry can't help myself.....tired, stressed, ****ed. Had to get it off me.



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    Does the Chief not have the authority to extinguish "Nuisance" fires in your area? I'll show you "none of my business"

    Anyway, sounds like a couple of rough days. I hope you get some calm to recharge after that stint.

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    We talked about bringing everything we had, dropping about 10,000 gallons of water on his site and going home......leaving a nice big puddle for him to play in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell
    Does the Chief not have the authority to extinguish "Nuisance" fires in your area? I'll show you "none of my business"

    Anyway, sounds like a couple of rough days. I hope you get some calm to recharge after that stint.

    Hang in there my friend. Sometimes is doesn't rain, but it pours.

    Thanks, I've been through alot with the FD...we've seen two teenagers in about three months killed in MVA's. I'm more worried about some of the guys, it was the first fatality for like 3 of the guys, only the second or third for a couple of them. I've called some of them several times checking up on them, and in turn I've called good friends a couple of times (Thanks Mark). You know, we give so much of ourselves in this profession and almost nobody understands what we go through in a year, 5 years or 20 years................except us.

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    I would have had him locked up for interfering with a public safety official, arson, risking a catastrophe, and anything else that could have been thrown at him. And as they would have been pushing his head down to get him in the PD cruiser, I would have whispered "None of my business, huh?"
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    Vent away. Better to unload it than hold on. But I hope your Chief has a wee chat with Your Buddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arhaney
    Thanks, I've been through alot with the FD...we've seen two teenagers in about three months killed in MVA's. I'm more worried about some of the guys, it was the first fatality for like 3 of the guys, only the second or third for a couple of them. I've called some of them several times checking up on them, and in turn I've called good friends a couple of times (Thanks Mark). You know, we give so much of ourselves in this profession and almost nobody understands what we go through in a year, 5 years or 20 years................except us.

    Firefighting, truly it is "The Brotherhood"
    Alan, Been There, Done That. Life in this business, even in rural areas, is like a roller coaster. Up, Down, Start, Stop. You never know what the next 10 minutes will bring. If you want to talk, you have my number (or PM me), after all, we have look out for each other in this crazy world. Saturday night/Sunday morning I did 3 working structure Fires, one involving a Homicide, 2 fatal auto accidents, and (among other things) 4 ambulance calls in a 24 hour period for the same person, who DID NOT need an ambulance once, much less 4 times. (Some of us want to change the word on the side of the box to "Taxilance") But, that's life here, and we kinda get numb at times too. Take Care and Stay Safe down there, we're thinking of you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arhaney
    I felt like I had been run over by a truck. (Does anyone else feel like this?)

    Yes, which is why I will NEVER go to a CISD meeting again. Done it twice, no more. Perhaps the most miserable experiances I ever went through in the fire service. I guess its good for some people, just not me.

    As for the idiot burning gas, he would have watched us put it out from the back of a cruiser.
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    "It ain't none of yer business"


    WHACK!

    I was waiting on another call to hear the rest of the story (from 01) I wanted to see if 15 got an opportunity to give any input.

    We had a gentleman give us the same treatment on a burn during a ban. "Wasn't our land". "Didn't get the call from him". "Not going to extinguish". "Leave now!"

    Then he met the nice LEO man. Options given and the gate opened. "Right this way, guys."


    Alan, that ring goes both ways. Thanks for letting me vent and babble, too.
    Here lately, it has been about a POS Kawasaki 650 Prarie
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    "WHACK!"

    I just fell off my chair !! LMAO
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    Quote Originally Posted by spearsm
    "It ain't none of yer business"


    WHACK!

    I was waiting on another call to hear the rest of the story (from 01) I wanted to see if 15 got an opportunity to give any input.

    When they got over to the fire, the mans son was over there. He was much nicer than the father. Ole grumpy got over there and started out potty mouthed but changed his tune. (Perhaps when he saw 1715... )

    1701 was not happy.

    PS, funny how a big ole boy can change someone's mind!
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    Quote Originally Posted by arhaney
    You know, we give so much of ourselves in this profession and almost nobody understands what we go through in a year, 5 years or 20 years................except us. Firefighting, truly it is "The Brotherhood"
    Some of us try to understand but at the same time having never experienced anythign close to what you deal with on a daily basis, all we can do is let you know that we do CARE and appreciate you far more than words can communicate. In case no one said it lately, THANK YOU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superchef
    Some of us try to understand but at the same time having never experienced anythign close to what you deal with on a daily basis, all we can do is let you know that we do CARE and appreciate you far more than words can communicate. In case no one said it lately, THANK YOU.
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    Tells me he's burning off a gas well and it's none of our business

    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell
    Does the Chief not have the authority to extinguish "Nuisance" fires in your area? I'll show you "none of my business"

    .
    Sorry you had such a rough day. But one thing I must mention...if he was, in fact, venting off a gas well, possibly the worst thing you could do is extinguish it (this is directed more at mcaldwell). Snuffing the fire is obviously a bad idea because now you have a flammable gas release, a far more dangerous situation. Forcing the operator to block in the valve would also not be wise...maybe he's venting the gas to relieve an overpressure situation....blocking it in might have negative consequences.

    Now, no doubt the guy was acting like an *****....he could have been a lot more cooperative and explained what was going on, instead of the "None of your business" attitude. But firefighters ought not get all uppity and go messing around with plant operations that they know nothing about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by superchef
    Some of us try to understand but at the same time having never experienced anythign close to what you deal with on a daily basis, all we can do is let you know that we do CARE and appreciate you far more than words can communicate. In case no one said it lately, THANK YOU.
    Take care, stay safe and have some chocolate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer
    D@MN! I gave up chocolate for lent!


    Any other cake availible? Yellow or white anyone? Cupcakes, jello, anything?!?

    Here you go, RFRD.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer
    D@MN! I gave up chocolate for lent!


    Any other cake availible? Yellow or white anyone? Cupcakes, jello, anything?!?
    I vote for Funfetti! I love that stuff....
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    Default Hats off to ya...

    Good work this weekend, I am sure. I hope you get some time to recharge. I am still recharging from this Sunday's MVA.

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    One I'd rush off to work at again if asked! (Though the reality is, "when asked" instead of "if"...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc
    Sorry you had such a rough day. But one thing I must mention...if he was, in fact, venting off a gas well, possibly the worst thing you could do is extinguish it (this is directed more at mcaldwell). Snuffing the fire is obviously a bad idea because now you have a flammable gas release, a far more dangerous situation. Forcing the operator to block in the valve would also not be wise...maybe he's venting the gas to relieve an overpressure situation....blocking it in might have negative consequences.

    Now, no doubt the guy was acting like an *****....he could have been a lot more cooperative and explained what was going on, instead of the "None of your business" attitude. But firefighters ought not get all uppity and go messing around with plant operations that they know nothing about.
    DmLeblanc-
    Errr uhh. Just to clarify, this was not a plant operation, it was a landowner right NEXT to a plant. It was not an operator, just a gentleman that choose to burn an apparently spent well. Of course, Alan can clarify much more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spearsm
    DmLeblanc-
    Errr uhh. Just to clarify, this was not a plant operation, it was a landowner right NEXT to a plant. It was not an operator, just a gentleman that choose to burn an apparently spent well. Of course, Alan can clarify much more.

    Thanks, Mark. Yep, nothing to do with the asphalt plant.
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