“This way! This way, over here!” I could see the frantic full-body gestures from the staff member through the windshield as I pulled off Benning Road into the gravel lot. As if on cue, radio traffic from Engine 10Â shot through my vehicle, confirming CPR was in-progress. I mean, hey, it’s your golf course.Â I shrugged […]
Yes, I know, I’ve held off on posting for a long time due to the social media policyÂ our administration was holding people to. It was a difficult road to navigateâ€”but I realized that if I don’t write this stuff down, it’ll be lost forever.Â And I definitely don’t want that. So after a number of internal […]
As the radio crackled to life, sputtering forth the first clear transmission I could hear in several minutes, I stared at the black plastic clipped to my lapel in incredulity. Shouldn't we move off this rickety-ass dock before th— [FLOOOOSH] The fireboat brought my firefighting gear from hot and dry to wet and swampy in […]
*Note: Patient is stated to be 350LB* Ugh. The text glowed white on a black background, eliciting inward consternation and outward groans for my partner and myself. As Medic 19 lumbered up Georgia Avenue, I clicked "enroute" on the computer and flipped it closed. We had been fitfully trying to get back for lunch, but […]
I was recently digging through the supply closet at the firehouse when I came across this withered citation in a battered frame. I had seen similar items littering the walls of other firehouses, but I had never paid much attention to them—nearby, the proudly-snapped photos of big fires and grinning, smoke-stained crews always proved to […]
It’s a yearly thing that I notice in my gym; right around this time of year, the stations seem to be busier, the cardio room is more crowded, and the wife can never seem to find an open elliptical machine. “What gives?” I always ponder, as I turn away from yet another several-deep line in front of a station. Then it hits me, just like it always does.