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Girl Scout First Aid Badge interview questions

Hello...I am reaching out on behalf of my daughter Julia who is Junior Girl Scout. She is working on her First Aid badge and has prepared the below questions to learn more about first responders and emergency situations. We were hoping that the following questions could be answered....thank you for your efforts!!!

How do you react fast to situations?
What are some situations to react fast to?
What first aid gear is in your fire truck?
What made you want to be a fire fighter?
What do you do when you first arrive on scene?

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Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on May 2, 2014 at 8:39am

Ma'am,

I see another answer was posted as a blog by 1st Captain Carl Pearson. If you did not see it yet then please click on this link: 1ST CAPTAIN PEARSON-REPLY

Respectfully,

Fireman Fritz

Comment by Captain Dennis Thain ( Retired) on May 2, 2014 at 5:23am

saving Life and property is the firefighters code, with proper training and always with safety in mind for  the responder and the patient, firefighters are able to react with the most dedication to the situation at hand. Most rescue trucks are equipped with a defibulater ( heart start Machine) Oxygen and full first Aid equipment, this is used until an ambulance arrives and EMS personnel take over.

What made me want to become a Firefighter? This is a hard one many of us have a job to answer, I think to help  the community and neighbours in time of need, or is it just a dedication to help?

What do we do when we first arrive? we assess the scene to be able to work in safety and to advise if back-up is needed.

I hope this answers your questions Julia  and good luck.   

Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on May 1, 2014 at 9:06pm

Ma'am,

I have put the word out to all the members here and posted your needs on my facebook page and twitter feed. You should be getting some help soon.

Good luck and stay safe.

Fireman Fritz

Comment by Lieutenant Frederick Georges on May 1, 2014 at 8:37pm

Hello, I am a retired Firefighter Engineer. I just logged in to see your posting and I will do all I am able to help.

The first thing I will do is to announce to each member here your are in need with a private message broadcast. Together I feel confident we will be able to give some varied but useful insights to help your student get the project on track.

Please be patient as I "sound the alarm" to let everyone know you need us, Okay? Thanks!

In the mean time here are some of my own thoughts.

The first thing to remember is all public service teams react fast and efficiently by using our training from many hours of practice to respond to the many situations we face each day. Also know that all "on duty" responders are always close to the gear and equipment we need, so we can "go" at a moments notice all through our shifts.

To address your second concern, know that all situations are met with swift action no matter what it may be. I feel it would be helpful for you to understand the fact that a house fire or car accident require and get no more vigilant response than a single citizen having a seizure or a bad fall.

The first aid gear on board the equipment varies depending on the apparatus type and the crew operating it. For example, an engine/rescue truck would definitely have more of the basic first aid supplies then a ladder or tower rig. We all carry some supplies but it is dependent on the department administrators as to what and how much. Each department is deployed with an EMS unit who will have all possible and necessary first aid supplies and the "medics" to use them.

I actually did not have that much interest in becoming a Firefighter until after I had left the military. I was given a great deal of training at the NAVY fire school during my basic schooling there. I was approached by the Fire Departments I eventually served because it was known by their administrators that I had this experience and it just became part of my life. I truly have a deep feeling and desire to be of service to my community so I felt it was a "good fit".

Now for the final question I can only address what my duties were as an Engineer when we arrived on scene. I looked to my "incident commander" for orders as to where to position our apparatus first. Then it was determined, again by the individuals "in command", what lines would be deployed and what suppressant was to be used. If it was a petroleum based fire it would require a specialized mixture of chemical foams and water. If it was not then just water would be demanded. The amount,  number of lines and area of attack would all be determined by the "incident commanders" and team Captains who are directly responsible for the actions and safety of the rank and file Firefighters.

I hope this will be of some help to you for now.

Respectfully,

Fireman Fritz

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