Fire Yenta 9/20/02

By Diane Feldman, Managing Editor

Shower extrication
Greenville, New York-again! According to Captain Richard Bruno, the department got a call one night: “Children trapped in a shower.” The members responded with Engine 150. On arrival, they found two 10-year-old girls trapped in a shower unit. The shower was a heavy frameless glass unit that had come off the tracks. The girls’ parents, who were present, were afraid to try to unjam the unit for fear it would fall on them or break and cut them (it was made of 5/8-inch-thick glass). “We’re getting to be more like a service department than a fire department,” Captain Bruno says. They disassembled the unit and extricated the girls from the shower unit. Bruno teased the members afterward that he was going to nominate them for a rescue award!

Winning numbers on 9-11
From the “eerie” files: The New York Lottery winning numbers on 9-11 were 9-1-1. More than 5,600 people won “straight,” and many more won with those numbers in a different order. The winners split $5 million. The odds of those numbers coming up, according to lottery officials, are astronomical.

Morning fight starts day off right
At one FDIC Hands-On Training class, a morning fight is a daily tradition. According to the lead instructor, “We figure that we spend so much time together during the day that we’re bound to tick each other off, so we fight in the morning and get it out of the way.” Now these guys are brothers-some are even real brothers–and working closely together can cause tempers to flare on occasion, so the fight is a way to release pent-up energy before the students arrive. The results can range from cuts and scrapes to a black eye. “It’s fun to watch-it’s like something out of WWF,” one entertained spectator said.

Children: Ray of light in age of terrorism
An important message to give to our schoolchildren this Fire Prevention Week, according to Rick Lasky, chief of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department, is that “after 9-11, they made our firefighters happy again; they made them smile again; they were able to spread sunshine on a very dark time.” Lasky explained that after 9-11, his members were sitting at the fire station kitchen table reading hundreds of cards and good wishes from area schoolchildren. The members were so sad, but the cards were like a shot of adrenaline. “Usually when we teach fire safety at schools, they thank us for coming. It also doesn’t hurt to thank them, to tell them we are not afraid of our future because they’re in it.”

Left behind
A few years ago, a fire photographer was buffing with FDNY’s Rescue 2 in a rather bad part of Brooklyn, New York, late one night. He got off the rig at a call to take some photos. He soon got caught up in the incident and didn’t notice until it was too late that the rescue left to go on another call and left him behind! Luckily, he found another unit that was also going on to the second call and hitched a ride. When he got to the next location, he saw the members of Rescue 2. “Oh yeah, I guess we forgot you,” one member said. After that, he stuck to them like glue for every incident the rest of the tour.

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