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Chimney fire season has started.

By Andrew Pollack on 10/16/2005 at 02:11 PM EDT

Last night around 8:30 we got called out to assist the next town over with a chimney fire. Their ladder is our service so they called ours. Explorers can't go on out of town boxes, and the ladder 7 crew is pretty short right now so I went. A young firefighter came along and it was the two of us with the massive ladder truck -- a pretty minimal crew. The good people who called us out to play saved us a spot in the driveway (where Ladder trucks should go) and we made the set to the roof just at the edge of the range of our 75 foot stick. They also pulled both our inch and three quarter handlines into the house, a 16 foot roof ladder, thermal imaging camera, TNT tool, a couple of salvage covers and a backpack water vac. It was 2am by the time we had the truck back in service and put away for the night.

I've done this kind of thing before, but going out as a Leuitenant was a different experience. Aside from my own stuff, I had crew to worry about and people on scene expected me to know what the hell to do. Overall, it was a good night. The house is still standing (despite some large holes in the chimney (which isn't usually necessary at a chimney fire, but in this case was). Nobody got hurt, the crew and truck are all back in one peice.

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