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MartinEggeling   , 52

from West Hollywood


A Day in the Life of a Firefighter

The following is a compilation of a typical day for a firefighter; how an average day may go.  
7:40 AM – Arrive at duty fire station; check assignment- Hydrant man on Engine; Get turnout gear, check it over and put it on truck. Check air tank, mask, and equipment.
7:50 AM – Pour a coffee and meet up with change partner from previous day.  Exchange information from preceding day, run highlights, equipment issues.
7:55 AM – Stash personal gear in my bedroom locker.
8:00 AM – Check truck and equipment; wipe down exterior; sweep/wash apparatus floor, wash kitchen floor, vacuum carpets, clean restrooms.
8:40 AM – Captain meeting with crew about day’s routine.
8:50 AM – Captain notifies Fire Dispatch that engine will be in service on the street. Leave station with Engine Company to conduct building inspections and pre-fire plans. 
9:00 AM - Check in with building owner; take notes on clipboard for Captain. Collect building information, contact names, etc. and begin inspection walk-through.
9:25 AM – Medical call comes in over radio. Run out of building; Engine in route to assigned call.

9:29 AM – Arrive at call; assist heart attack victim; CPR, attach defibrillator; Ambulance Paramedics arrive and take over treatment.; assist paramedics by holding IV bottle; assist paramedics preparing patient for transport.
10:20 AM – Captain notifies dispatcher engine back in service on the street; returning to building inspection/preplan duties.
10:30 AM – Return to inspection
11:15 AM – Return to station

11:17 AM – Alarm – Downtown high-rise
11:21 AM – Arrive at Alarm, put on mask and air pack; assigned to high-rise pack; Command reports the building alarm panel shows smoke detector in alarm on 17th floor; Prepare to respond up stairs with Engine crew to 16th floor to stage; Command reports building manager states possible burned food by resident; Command orders Engine crew to check it out; Use fire control key to activate elevator and go to 17th floor and locate apartment source of smoke with open door; No fire, remove pan from heat and exhaust smoke.
11:52 AM – Alarm reset, return to service.

12:01 PM – Return to Station; Ladder crew has noon meal warm in oven.

12:35 PM – Take break in bedroom, check my department email.

1:00 PM  - Report to training room for EMT Refresher class – Trauma.

2:30 PM – break – Call family.
2:41 PM – Alarm – Crash on US 52
2:54 PM – Arrive at crash site – assigned to Jaws to open passenger door.
3:24 PM – Assist Paramedics by holding patient C-Spine Support during transfer to back board and packaging for transport.
3:40 PM – Engine cleared from scene; back in service
3:44 PM – Return to station; clean and replace EMS materials and gear.

4:15 PM – Work out on Stairmaster in PT room.
4:45 PM – Evening meal

5:30 PM – Clean up meal dishes and take the trash out;

5:40 PM - Retire to bedroom, call family, check email and collect EMT Study guide from bookshelf;

6:00 PM - Watch news in TV room with rest of crew.
6:30 PM - Assigned to fire station tour.

7:15 PM – Study for promotional exam.
9:30 PM – Alarm – House fire

9:36 PM – Arrive at scene, smoke showing, put on mask and air pack; make hydrant. Return to Engine to pull hose and back-up Nozzleman. First in Engine Company complete preliminary search for people inside. Negative results; Command sends us to make attack from Side B entrance; Ladder crew to roof to ventilate; looks like a bedroom fire; Captain directs Nozzleman to advance line toward rear bedroom; Lots of smoke and heat; Find fire in bed area; hit it with heavy stream, watch smoke change color. Captain breaks out window to clear smoke. Captain reports to command that the fire is out.  Ladder crews begin smoke evacuation and overhaul; Command calls for fire investigator: First in Engine Co. to check walls attic area for extension; Other crews to standby for investigator arrival; we are returned to service.

11:40 PM – Return to station; pull used hose, clean it and hang in tower; repack hose and clean up rig.

12:50 AM – Clean up and go to bed.

6:40 AM – Alarm – Automatic alarm office building downtown.
6:45 AM – Alarm cancelled by first in Engine. False alarm due to system malfunction; Ordered to return to station
6:55 AM – Arrive at station

7:05 AM – Clean up room, fold up Murphy bed and prepare for shift change.
7:20 AM – Have coffee and breakfast snack. Read part of last nights paper
7:30 AM – Relief arrives. Exchange information.
7:50 AM – Ready to leave, Assigned by Captain to a public fire safety class next day.

This article is provided by rickyrescue.com. Contact Ricky Rescue Fire Academy for more advice and help to take your fire career up a notch by becoming a Florida Fire Officer.