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  • #16
    Hey KW......

    Originally posted by KyleWickman
    My town respondes to a very busy airport in the next town.
    Teterboro? Which department are you in, Carlstadt, E. Rutherford, Moonachie......?

    NJ
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    • #17
      Firefighting in Iraq

      Matt,

      I know its a different airfield and these are AF guys but here's some pictures I found.
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      • #18
        Here's another one, these are in Northern Iraq.

        Stay safe brother.
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        • #19
          Morristown Airport (mmu) last time I checked it was ranked number 2 in the state.
          This space for rent

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          • #20
            Lots of questions...

            Woah, this thread has gotten alot of response. I love it though. Gives me something to do. Plus it's always good to educate people on exactly what we're doing out here. If anybody wants to talk personally and get a better idea, post your e-mail, I'll make sure I get back to you.

            DrParasite - Yes, our trucks are Army green, they have the same basic equipment that a civilian truck would have. The compartment space is very limited though. I may post some pictures in the future so you can see. It's a 4 person engine, driver, crew chief, and two guys in jumpseats in the back. We have a full compliment of structural gear and crash gear. We use interspiro air packs. The Iraqi firefighters aren't up and running yet, once they are, they will be using their trucks, and we'll be using ours, probably not doing too much together, but I'm sure we'll have a mutual aid agreement with them. Right now the Iraqis don't have any gear at all, they are in the process of getting them gear. When they do get it, they'll have better stuff than us. Most EMS is handled by Air Force EMEDS, but every firefighter is at least a first responder. We don't get too many calls, average 1 or 2 every 24 hour shift. Sometimes more, sometimes less, just like at home. We just protect the airport, I'm not sure exactly what kind of fire protection Baghdad itself has.

            BLSboy - I answered your EMS question in my answer to DrParasite. We are Army Reserves based out of Norristown, PA. We are alerted to any aircraft emergency with an air horn and over the radio. Any other emergency we are just alerted over the radio. Every military firefighter has a radio, and all the trucks have mobile radios. My plans when I get home, well...hopefully to get a paid position on a military installation. Right now I volunteer.

            DaSharkie - HOORAH DEVIL DOG! I trained with some Marines when I went through military fire school. You guys are something else. I have alot of respect for the Marine Corps. To answer your question, all the Iraqis that I have met have been great. Very polite, want to do anything for you. I'm not sure if it's just the brotherhood coming into affect though, I mean, these guys are firefighters. Of the few times that I have gone "out" I have met "the good and the bad" I think that there are alot of mixed feelings right now. I can only imagine the way that they live over here normally, and to have a foreign military come in and take over must really suck for them. I sympathize with them, but I know our cause is just, and they will realize this in the years to come. Ooh yea, you mentioned the Aussies, I have never met a bunch of guys and gals that are always chipper and upbeat as much as the Aussies are. They staff the air traffic control tower, which I talk to frequently, and they are always in a very good mood. Just thought I'd give them their just dues.

            KyleWickman - There is a junkyard here with a whole lot of blown up planes and stuff, the airport itself has been cleaned up and it almost ready to start operating normally.

            Quigger - I have mixed feelings on the killing of Saddam's two sons. I think they may have been behind some of the attacks, but not all of them. I think that alot of the Iraqi people are happy because his sons were very brutal to the Iraqis. Off the record, I don't think that they should have allowed reporters to photograph and videotape the bodies. President Bush wouldn't allow Al-Jazeera to broadcast the bodies of dead Americans, I don't think that he should have allowed them to broadcast the bodies of dead Iraqis. It is also against alot of Islamic customs to display bodies like that. Again, that's off the record.

            NFD159 - Thanks for the pictures.
            "At one point we decided to fight fire with fire, basically your house just burned faster."

            Recipient of the IACOJ Service Award 2003.

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            • #21
              Hooooo RAHHHHH!

              Greetings Lads,from the boys at the APGFD! A tip of the helmet to you all; leather in our case, Kevlar in yours! Hope you all are safe and sound.....We're keeping em cold for you, and we'll see you when you get back to de-mobilize! Tell Gostonyi that he is my hero!


              FTM-PTB-EGH-RFB!
              "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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              • #22
                APGFD!!

                Hello boys! How is everybody doing back home? We are staying safe, no real problems, thanks to all the training you guys gave us! Thanks for keeping em cold for us. We'll need em. It's hot over here! You gentlemen stay safe over there!

                Matt and everybody from the 369th
                "At one point we decided to fight fire with fire, basically your house just burned faster."

                Recipient of the IACOJ Service Award 2003.

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                • #23
                  Hey army! I hope you guys are doing alright over there and I know that our department is backing you guys and proud of everything you guys are doing to help out over there. We have a guy serving over there from our department and I dont know if you can get a word to him somehow but if you can tell him that we all miss him very much back here at home. His name is specialist Cory Tabbert and his address is
                  Specialist Tabbert,Cory
                  A company 244th ENBN
                  130th ENBDE
                  APO AEO9302

                  We call him "sparky" and he is a really great kid and miss having him around the station back here. I dont know if you can get word to him or not, but it would be great if you could try. Last we heard he was protecting a water tower with his unit and they were firing and being fired upon during the nights. My question is this speaking of cold ones, do you guys get to have some cold ones every once and awhile during down time? And if so what cold ones do you guys get? I hope you guys stay safe and let us know if we can do anything to help you guys out in anyway. Stay safe brother.

                  Scott
                  somers fire dept.
                  Somers,Wi.
                  [email protected]
                  "PUT THE WET STUFF ON THE RED STUFF"

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                  • #24
                    Matt,
                    Do you know Maj. Brent Gerald? He is a Capt. in my fire dept. currently deployed in Baghdad. The military has placed him in charge of reorganizing and resturcturing the Iraqi FD. We get occasional updates from him and his Stateside wife. Keep up the good work. All of you are in my prayers.
                    Jeff Eaton
                    GFD
                    FTM-PTB Central NC Chapter
                    IAFF Local 947

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                    • #25
                      Matt great pictures of your station! I like the last one the best lol. Keep up the great work you guys do over there and stay safe!

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                      • #26
                        Dear Matt,
                        First allow me to echo the praise of my fellow brothers, for the service that you provide is greatly appreciated. It takes a brave and bold man to be a fire fighter and even more so to do it in Iraq.
                        With that said allow me to introduce myself. I am a 23 y/o from Pittsburgh Pa, I noticed you were from Pa, but did not recognize the name of the town. I am trying to establish myself in the world of the career fire fighter. I am quickly learning that it is a tuff competition for the open positions.
                        I have given the military a thought, but have been reluctant to talk to a recruiter. I have heard of the military fire fighters and the training they receive. I had a few questions for you, seeing how you are already there.
                        First, did you join the U.S. Army with the intent of becoming a fire fighter? If so how did it come about? Can you give me some advice on what questions to ask my recruiter? Are the fire positions in the military as difficult to get as they are in the civilian world? What should be my first step in a military fire-fighting career? I have a brother in the Air Force and that was the original branch I was looking into, I’m sure there are minor differences in the branches when it comes to fire fighting. Do you know of any pros and cons between the two?
                        If you wouldn’t mind would you tell me a little about your self? Your age, where you are from, wife, kids, how long you have been in the service.
                        Thank you Matt for your time and service. I am grateful for any information you can pass along. Please feel free to E-Mail me @ [email protected] - Joe

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                        • #27
                          Matt
                          Keep up the good work and stay safe.
                          My son is a medic with the 1175th transportation company out of Brownsville TN. They have made several trips into Baghdad and have been to the airport at least twice. If you see a humvee that looks like this, ask for Doc, also known as 901.5, and then tell him that 901 says hello.
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                          Last edited by gefd901; 07-29-2003, 12:11 AM.

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                          • #28
                            mmmm....cold ones

                            Shoney6308 - On the subject of cold ones. Well, we have water that is cold, does that count? We have some non-alcoholic beer that is the most disgusting thing on earth, that's about it. We'll just have to wait till we're home to kick back and enjoy a real cold one.

                            DeltaEngine7 - I have not heard of Maj. Gerald, but if I come across him I will make sure I let him know his fire dept. is thinking of him.

                            gefd901 - There are alot of trans companies that come through here, but if I happen to see the 1175th, I'll ask if he's around and make sure to tell him that his mom says hi. Always happy to help, and I have alot of respect for our medics, they've helped me before.
                            "At one point we decided to fight fire with fire, basically your house just burned faster."

                            Recipient of the IACOJ Service Award 2003.

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                            • #29
                              Just wanted to say thank you for all you and your company are doing. Watch your backside!!!

                              A Lieutenant on my department and a close friend of mine for many years is a firefighter in the Air Force Reserves based out of Minneapolis, MN who have been deployed over there someplace, I think it was the United Arab Emerites but I cannot be certain. We are very nervous about him, and all our troops, being over there especially our firefighting brothers and sisters.

                              I have but one question.....

                              How is your Command structure and chain of command set up? Do you have a "Chief" and other officers like we are used to here or are you working under the Iraqi system or Iraqi "Chief"???

                              All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. Watch your *** and get it back here in one piece. Thank you.

                              Keep your head down and your powder dry.
                              __________________________
                              Lt.Jason Knecht
                              Altoona Fire Rescue
                              Altoona, wi
                              Jason Knecht
                              Firefighter/EMT
                              Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                              Eau Claire, WI

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                              • #30
                                I scanned back through the thread....

                                Here are some questions:

                                1 What is your level of staffing?
                                2 Do you have different shifts or all you all (same folks) just there 24/7....
                                3 What is your Fire Department Rank Structure
                                4 What are your attack lines and what kind of nozzles you using?

                                Again...thanks for all you do. I used to work on a military fire department as a Captain in Virginia before the base closed (BRAC) [Vint Hill Farms Station]
                                09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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                                The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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