Fire EMS

First In: Actions of Engine Company 1

Issue 10 and Volume 148.

First In: Actions of Engine Company 1 BY MARC L. WOODARD We were just beginning our shift at Station 1 when the explosion occurred. It felt as though something had hit or landed on top of our fire station. A plane crashing into a building in downtown Oklahoma City, a natural gas explosion, or a tank explosion were scenarios that quickly came to my mind. The crew instantly slid the poles, quickly glanced outside, and self-dispatched. A mushroom column of smoke and debris was in the air at what appeared to be at 4th, 5th, or 6th and Robinson. First-responding units included five engines, three trucks, one squad, a brush pumper, the haz-mat unit, and the mobile air unit–a response we “augmented” ourselves by self-dispatching, as the explosion was very close to our respective stations. At the time of the blast, all district chiefs were attending a meeting at Station…

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