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Nice 9 hours on a Fire for a Shift! Picture
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Willy-N    Posted 07-01-2004 at 09:52:32       [Reply]  [No Email]

Dispatched out last night at 2:30 in the Afternoon spent 9 hours filling trucks but only had to fill 10 of them. Just sat in the middle of the burned area with a ring of fire around me and the trucks would come off the edge and get filled back up. What this truck is doing is what I used to do. We call it Cow Boying. You sit on the hose reel and ride the truck into the fire spraying water as you go. I like being out of the heavy smoke now just filling them. I realy am enjoying this job!! Mark H.

eg    Posted 07-01-2004 at 13:43:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
it is exciting and rewarding but be careful out
there, you know it can change directions in a
new york second. we used to help fight grass fires
at ft.riley ks. take care and keep up the good work. eg

Bob Mi    Posted 07-01-2004 at 10:09:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Willy make sure you protect your lungs I have a firefighter friend that scorced his and has been having trouble every since. BE CARFULL

Willy-N    Posted 07-01-2004 at 10:24:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I carry 2 full face MSA Respirators on my truck. I got caught in heavy smoke so bad you had to hold your breath till the truck got out of it. You could not even open your eyes in it. So I keep one inside and on the back bed just in case it is needed. Can't be over perpaired when you do this for a living. Mark H.

Willy-N Another pic    Posted 07-01-2004 at 09:56:42       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is where I sat, the fire is allmost out in this picture. I get a good view of it in the middle. Mark H.

Clod    Posted 07-01-2004 at 10:24:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello.Willy be sure to bring extra points for that old Dodge.That looks like a bad place to have an engine failre.

Willy-N    Posted 07-01-2004 at 10:32:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
No points in my Cat Deisel Engine but if the truck is over run on a fire I get a new one out of it if they sent me in. We travel in groups just in case one breaks down. The small trucks can be pulled but pulling mine is a different story since I am the biggest one! After each fire I go over my truck completely and check things on it along with crawing under and looking for any damage. Mark H.

Cindi    Posted 07-01-2004 at 10:22:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Every day you remind me that I should be doing something nice for our firefighters. Today I think I am going to finally get around and do it.

Willy-N    Posted 07-01-2004 at 10:27:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
This Lady from the near by Farm came out after it was out and thanked us! It made our day knowing we made a differents saving there place. We kept it from getting to there hay feilds that were ready to be cut!! Little things like that is what makes it all worth while to do this job. Mark H.

Cindi    Posted 07-01-2004 at 11:08:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd like to do more than just thank them, any suggestions?

Willy-N    Posted 07-01-2004 at 11:28:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
One thing allmost all of the guys never have is Hot Coffie on a fire! I carry it in my truck when I go out and you should see the smiles when I offer it. After a while of just drinking cold and warm water us addicts for coffie are dieing for a cup! But that little thank you means a lot to us. Mark H.

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