How do you react fast to situations?
In my opinion shock from a life altering situation is the most immediate issue for casualties; in this case the most effective treatment is immediate action and medical care to resolve their issue. Each member at my station trains regularly and talks openly about… What would we do in a hypothetical situation?... How a call affected us as individuals and as a team? and/or… How would we do better next time (we always want to improve)… The most important thing for me is to ensure each of my firefighters return to their family safely and are not troubled by what they just participated in. The health of our responders, both mentally and physically is the most important consideration (we can’t help others if we are hurt)
What are some situations to react fast to?
The saying in the fire service is… “risk a lot to save a lot, risk nothing to save nothing” life of our responders and the public are the most important situation to react fast to.
What first aid gear is in your fire truck?
On our trucks we have a Defibrillator, Oxygen, First Aid Kit, Burn Kit, Neoprene Gloves, N95 Masks, Tyvek Suits… in some cases we may even use our Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
What made you want to be a fire fighter?
I became a firefighter by moving to a small community… one day a firefighter from the nearby station knocked on my door and asked me to join (The community needed people to help out). My fulltime job is at General Motors as an “Industrial Responder”, becoming a Volunteer Firefighter is a natural extension of what I already do. For many reasons, becoming a Volunteer Firefighter is one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.
What do you do when you first arrive on scene?
The first thing we do on scene is take command, either me or a more senior officer… we must work as a team and follow one plan. As a responder the first item on my list is responder safety; we can’t help others if we get hurt… The saying I use to look for any danger is “Wires… Fires… Gas… Glass” during training I even wave my hands like I’m doing the breast stroke and say “Wires… Fires… Gas… Glass” as I look around. People laugh when I do this.