Firefighters

Two fire fighters and flames

Fighting fires is not something that the majority of us are probably thinking about most of the time. However, should we ever have a fire, we would want firefighters to respond quickly and save people, animals, and anything else they can. Fortunately most fire fighters ARE constantly thinking about fire and preparing for fire and other emergencies. These first responders  have my utmost respect.

First responders often run into buildings and emergency situations when everyone else is trying to run out. They are brave, courageous, and often fearless. They show up and get dangerous jobs done while looking out for everyone’s safety. When they aren’t fighting fires they are preparing for them through educational programs for the public as well as going through on the job training.

I can not say enough good about firefighters in general, but especially about our own local fire department here in Fulton County, Indiana. I am very proud to live in a community where emergency services such as firefighting are not taken for granted and where these men and women are highly respected. This community puts their money into maintaining such services. Although I don’t know the exact dates when this all happened,  our firefighters were in need of a larger, more modern fire house. This is what the old fire house looks like:

Old Firehouse Rochester

This building now houses some offices on the lower levels and the top floor is now a dance studio owned by another Fulton County Public Library employee.

The new fire house looks like this:

New Firehouse Rochester

Since the new firehouse was built, the community continues to provide equipment for our local firefighting heroes. A new ladder  truck and a pumper truck have been purchased as well as updated communication devices and masks among other things. This is a service that is important to keep up to date and is fully backed by the community.

This is a picture of just some of the things firefighters need:

Firefighter Priceless

At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I ask all of you to please support you local firefighters.

Here is a picture printed by our local newspaper, The Sentinel, of some of our firefighters at work:

Local Firefighters (Sentinel)

In 3000 Degrees: the True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men who Fought It by Sean Flynn, the author describes several firefighters in their everyday life and the reasons they had for becoming firefighters. The story describes deadly fires that these brave men have fought. Their bravery and professionalism is truly amazing. These people put their lives on the line every single day for people they don’t even know. Some have paid the ultimate price.  I don’t want to give too much away so I will just say that this book is both entertaining and eye opening. I would recommend it.

3000 degrees

Another interesting book is Firefighters: Their Lives in Their Own Words by Dennis Smith. In this book male and female firefighters tell their own stories and why they chose to do what they do. The book covers various fire fighting scenarios such as building fires, forest fires, and emergency rescues.

Firefighters by Dennis Smith

Though firefighters are obviously very important, the best way to fight fires is to prevent them in the first place. Your family needs to have a fire safety plan.  If you have prepared your family and your pets, this could be as simple as knowing escape routes from all areas of your home and grabbing your Bug Out Bag (BOB). If you are unsure what a BOB is or what should be in it, you can learn about BOBs and pet BOBs in my post about Natural Disasters.  Every member of your family will need to know where to meet after escaping.

As part of your preparation, you can do a home inspection and make changes as necessary. This is an example of a basic checklist to help you get started:

Live Safe

You will need to have some basic safety equipment located strategically in your home. You need to have fire extinguishers and know how to use them. It is possible that you need different types of extinguishers for different areas of your home.

fiire extinguishers

If you have two or more stories in your home, you should have an emergency escape ladder. Your ladder should be stored inside in an accessible place near a window. you may need more than one ladder depending on the size of your home. Practice with your ladder before you need it and teach children how to responsibly use the ladder.

Escape Ladder

You should have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors placed strategically throughout your home.

Combination Alarm

In Fulton County you can obtain a free smoke detector from the fire house. Not long ago local fire fighters walked our streets and knocked on doors asking if people needed smoke detectors. If the people said they needed them, the firefighters even installed them for free. I believe there would be a similar type of arrangement in other areas of the country. Even if you have to buy smoke detectors and/or carbon monoxide detectors, this would be money well spent and could save your life and the lives of your family members.

You should also have a first aid kit readily available. It’s not a bad idea to have several first aid kits located in different areas of your home and you will definitely want to have some basic first aid supplies stored in your BOB.  It also might be practical to have some fire blankets.First aid and Fire Blanket Kit

There should be some considerations for the outside of your home as well.  If a fire should start on a neighboring property, you want to try to prevent if from spreading to your own home. There are some simple things you can do to help prevent such a problem as the infographic below shows.

Outside Fire Defense

It is also a good idea to have some sort of a sticker, decal, or static cling notification of pets living in your home. If you are not home and a fire breaks out, firefighters or other emergency personnel would know to look for and try to save your pets. The best decals will tell the number and type of animals in the house, have the pets’ names, your name and contact information for how you can be reached.

Pet Alert

Pet Alert 2

These types of stickers can be ordered or you could easily make your own with your computer and put pictures on them of your actual animals along with the other necessary information.

A few fire related DVDs/BluRays that you may want to check out are:

Backdraft Chicago Fire

Have you ever had a home fire? Do you have an emergency fire plan for your family? Will you be creating a plan?

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21 thoughts on “Firefighters

    1. Thank you. That is high praise coming from you! Wow 32 years! Thank you for all that you did. Feel free to share anything else you feel is important to pass on to the Dewey Hop readers.

      Yes, we are fortunate that our county leaders do take our emergency services seriously and as up to date as possible. I believe that the mayor just recently went to talk to the fire chief about the need for a new truck. I’m not sure where they are in that process but I recall reading a newspaper article where the mayor said (basically) that he agrees there’s a need for the new truck.

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  1. Oh you listed one of my most favorite firefighter movies – Backdraft! Another excellent post and yes the life of a firefighter is precious and what an amazing and honorable profession! We got our smoke detectors and routinely check them and we have an emergency fire plan. You did a great job with this post being interesting and educational! 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad that you’re taken time to make an emergency fire plan although I hope you never have to use it!

      Thank you again for your very kind words and I’m glad you found this post interesting and educational.

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  2. When I lived in N.Y. I saw a house on fire in my neighborhood. The fire fighters were already on the scene. I witnessed their amazing bravery as they strategically gained control over the fire. I was approximately two to three houses away and could barely stand the temperature of the heat. It was something I will never forget. Financially supporting firemen (and police officers) is an important responsibility we should all consider prioritizing.

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  3. Great post! My uncle is a firefighter and I can’t say enough about the things they do! To answer your questions, I have luckily never had a house fire. We were taught however through a mobile environment simulator thing, what to do during a fire as a child. It was a trailer that came through and stopped at the YMCA and schools. It had a fog machine and phones, signs, doors the whole works. We had to go through it and take the proper steps. It was really neat. My wife and I do have a plan for our new house, it was one of the first things we put into place. 😀

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    1. I’m so glad to know that you and your wife have a fire safety plan! It’s even more important with your baby about to arrive.

      The trailer thing sounds really cool! There is something here very similar. It’s called the Smoke House and it’s at the fire house, but as far as I know it stays there. I think that school aged kids get to crawl through it and get an idea of what a house on fire is like. I’ve also seen firefighters out there around it so I’m not sure but they may actually practice with it as well!

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  4. Another great post! Our firefighters are volunteers and we all support them and love them for taking the risks they take while holding down other jobs. If any of our firefighters has to leave work, no matter what’s going on there, they’re free to go without any fear of discipline. These folks are so brave and so selfless! I’m thrilled that you have given all firefighters such recognition. Thank you!

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