Archive for June2009

Acclimation.

"Ow, shit! Sorry, man." In the dim red light in the back of the cab, I could barely make out the "ah, it's okay" shrug that the lineman gave me. I mean, there's usually only two people being tossed around in the back of the engine, not three—and the sharp left turn we took a […]

Evaluation.

Great news for the medics who were formerly stuck in limbo: we've been approved to stay on shift work, so we're being assigned temporary spots on engines until we complete all of our evaluations. We need a certain number of calls (and the accompanying paperwork) to prove that we know what we're doing as paramedics, […]

Breaking: Shooting at 14th/Irving, NW.

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Joe McNally, a famous National Geographic photographer, once said: "If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff." As opposed to standing, sometimes an opportunity comes along that's just so well-placed in front of you that you can't help but rocket out the door, grabbing your camera and an […]

A week in the street.

After a long week, we received some great news on Friday.  Starting tomorrow, we paramedics are being sent to the street to ride on an engine company with a FF/PM for a total of forty hours. We'll be on varying schedules; for instance, I'm working one 16-hour shift and one 24-hour shift. Ideally, we'd be […]

Standing by.

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(AP) WASHINGTON – An 88-year-old gunman with a violent and virulently anti-Semitic past opened fire with a rifle inside the crowded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday, fatally wounding a security guard before being shot himself by other officers, authorities said. Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the gunman was "engaged by security guards immediately after entering the […]

Graduation.

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Nervous energy filled the hallway as our Sergeant addressed us as recruits for one of the last times. Shortly after, we would be driving our vehicles to the facility in Northwest DC where we would officially become probationary firefighters. The ceremony itself was in the large auditorium of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Ushered into […]

The final burn.

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Uh… either we're extremely dehydrated and exhausted, or the headless fireman from the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department is haunting the burn building. Either way, it's probably time for us to go. ————— "I haven't seen you run the line yet. Switch with him." Sergeant Paulson turned abruptly as he realized that I was part of the next […]

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