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Old 08-31-2005, 08:48 PM   #11
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Thank you Sierra for your service in fighting the fire. I havent heard about it until now. But, its dangerous and for the benefit of all. Especially the ones that live in and around that area. And for that I really want to give ya a BIG hug!

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Old 08-31-2005, 09:26 PM   #12
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Fireman. When I was a child, I had heroes like Superman and Batman. I emulated them because they did things for others, without thought of personal reward. They did the right thing because it was right, and for no other reason.

As an adult, before that really, I realized that Superman is the ideal, the impossible. I changed my heroes. My stepfather was a hero. He was an honestly good man, an exemplary man. I remember dreaming about being like him, strong, dependable, and doing the right thing, just because it was right. And I realized that he had human faults.

Every boy wants to be a fireman, or a policeman. Though as a child, the danger of the job is lost on us. We only saw the excitement and quiet pride.

I took shipboard and aircraft fire-fighting training while in the Navy. It was mandatory for every sailor assigned to a ship, especially an aircraft carrier. We had to man 2 inch hoses with water pressures of 150 lbs. We used OBA's and learned how to fight fires with water, AFFF, Purple-K, Co2, and HALON. We learned the difference between class A, B, & C fires, and what medium to fight them with. And even though we fought simulated fires, the fire itself was real, and hot. Our firesuits felt like they were cooking us and we could only breathe through our OBA masks.

The training was extensive. But it was controlled. Wildfires, like a wild hose, or a wild horse, are unpredictable, uncontrolled, and extremely dangerous. I took fire training because it was mandatory for my job. Proffesional fire-fighters risk their lives to protect people, and the lands and structures used by people, and to protect our planet. And why do firefighters risk limb and life? Certainly not for pay, nor glory. They do it because it's the right thing to do.

Firefighters are still my heroes, like Superman was, but more like my Stepfather was, better, because they are real.

Thank you SierraCook. Our world needs more people like you.

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Old 09-02-2005, 12:44 AM   #13
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Thanks to all of you for the support. It has been a hard week, but not near as hard as the folks that are having to deal with the aftermath of Katrina.

The hardest thing that we have to deal with is sleep deprivation. I got around 4 hours a sleep per night. Last night I came home at 7:00 pm and put a pizza in the oven and then went to bed an slept like a baby until my brother called me at 10:00 pm to tell me that he was home from his fire assignments in Redding, CA and Point Arena, CA. Aside from his phone call, which I was glad that he called me, I got about 8 hours of sleep.

I received the greatest compliment, yesterday. I was having lunch with the members of the Type II Incident Management Team and a lady that lived in Loyalton came out and thanked us for stopping the fire and protecting the town and residents of Loyalton. That gave me the greatest feeling. It made all the long days, the lack of sleep, and all the other inconveniences trivial.
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