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  • rocket455
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    Re: Question....

    Originally posted by CommDiva
    I've figured out that the expression 'Saving your six' or 'watching your six' must mean watching your back (or ***), and I think that it is also military terminology, right? So what is the background story behind this expression?

    cheers

    Pat
    "Watch your six" is watch your back. 6 being 6 o'clock, which is basically behind you. I'm thinking that 12 o'clock is ahead of you, 3 o'clock is your right, 6 o'clock rear, and 9 o'clock is your left. Anybody else? Again this is just a theory I have......

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  • Armyfirerescue
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    chopper81 - I cannot answer your question, sorry.
    joejoe - Thanks for your nice comments. Most of the city of Baghdad is protected by civilian firefighters with little training, and barely any equipment besides trucks. We respond to some incidents, it has to be large enough to warrant sending Army assets into harms way though.
    neiowa - Sorry bro, I wouldn't know anything about Afghanistan, I have never been there.
    Cleano - I can tell you that we (Baghdad Intl Airport Fire/Rescue) are currently training the 3rd group of Iraqi firefighters that will be working on the airport. I cannot speak for anybody outside the BIAP though, they may or may not be training Iraqis.

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  • Cleano
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    Iraq firefighting

    Matt, I read your forum. I have heard rumors that we (U.S.) are trying to put together an Iraq Fire/Rescue service. Do you know anything about this. I understand if you can't divulge to much.

    Keith
    Largo, FL.

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  • neiowa
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    Any info on general state of fire services in Afganistan (Kabul etc)? Not necessarily military/airfield but more interested structural support for civilian areas (even what protection if any may actually be provided by various military units/nations. I assume after years of Taliban/anarchy, preceeded by the Ruskies there is not much in the way of civlian apparatus/organized companies.

    Interest is that I have been approached by an organization that would like to create a philanthropic project to "help" advance things in Afganistan. Lots of un, gov't, NGO projects in Afganistan, any fire service related? I think the US military is about the only organization that is actually accomplishing anything there so I'm interested in background of what is going on.
    Last edited by neiowa; 09-02-2003, 11:18 AM.

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  • joejoe33
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    Hello from the Lone Star State. We are very proud of our American military in Iraq and serving around the world. Some of the firefighting operations we see in the media going on in Baghdad seems to be just plain clothed civilians manning hoselines. Does Baghdad have a civilian fire department? Civilian firefighting efforts do not appear to be organized. Is the US Military helping with civilian firefighting and EMS operations?

    I am the son of a disabled Korean War Veteran. My dad is very proud of his own service and very proud of the American military presence in Iraq. Keep safe and come back to a country that is proud of those who serve.

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  • chopper81
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    Hey Armyfire

    I'm a little further up north. We've been hearing BIAP is closing and going 100% civilian again. Is this truth or B/S?

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  • Armyfirerescue
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    Thanks to everybody who has replied to this, I find it hard to even keep up, it's great though!

    radio guy - Our unit doesn't have any warrant officers, but there may be some unit out there that does. I don't know. Sorry I couldn't be of more assistance.
    zippo99 - Not sure when we'll be relieved, hopefully by January.
    Badge174 - Thanks for the link to those pieces of crap hemmit fire trucks. We're probably getting them when we get back to the states. I'm sure pierce does a great job on them and all, but the turning radius sucks and there's practically no compartment space.
    gunnyv - HOORAH GUNNY!! I trained with a bunch of Marines down at Goodfellow, though I don't remember any of the names you mentioned. I pretty much knew only the guys from my class. Glad to hear that you have had positive experiences working with other services. We have those 2500L's, no P23's though. I've heard stories of P23's losing wheels on the flightline? Not sure where that came from though. The air force that is with us has all P-19s, and 3 "borrowed" Iraqi crash vehicles.
    CommDiva - You are correct, "watching your six" comes from the use of the clock as a way to show somebody where something is. Like, for example, if something was directly to your right, you'd say it's at your "3 o'clock" so if something was directly to your back, it would be at "your 6 o'clock" hence, "watching your six" means watching your back.

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  • CommDiva
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    Question....

    I've figured out that the expression 'Saving your six' or 'watching your six' must mean watching your back (or ***), and I think that it is also military terminology, right? So what is the background story behind this expression?

    cheers

    Pat

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  • gunnyv
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    Specialist Hulme,
    Greetings from another Marine. I'm the ARFF Chief for Marine Wing Support Squadron 471, USMCR. A few of our Marines probably went to Goodfellow with you-Jablonicky, Kapala, Dick, Renneke, Risch, any of those sound familiar? We just got back from 6 months in NC, a breeze compared to the place you're in. Our unit has worked with a couple of MIARNG fire units, the 1439th and 1440th out of Grayling, MI. I have had nothing but positive experiences working with firefighters of the other services-except for dealing with 1500Ls and P-23s-I'll keep my P-19As. The firefighter in us always supersedes the inter-service rivalries.

    Stay safe, you and your fellow soldiers watch your six. We'll be thinking of you.

    Semper fi

    GySgt John Vanatta

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  • rcrompm46
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    Hey Army,

    1st off I wish to commend you and all the troops over there for the tough job you are doing.

    My Son-in-law's Artillary unit has been tasked to move to that area, from the states, sometime soon. They are still waiting on a time table, but it should be soon. All of the equipment has been packed up and shipped off already.

    I hope that you stay safe and get home as soon as possible.

    Stay Cool and keep your head down.

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  • Badge174
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    Hoooah Army


    On the first page of your post you described your current type and condition of the fire apparatus.

    Here is the link that describes the new be all - do all army fire engine/crash truck/tanker/brush truck. The "Tactical Fire Fighting Truck"

    http://www.piercemfg.com/apparatus/homeland_TFFT.cfm

    Pierce and its parent corporation Oshkosh, the makers of the HEMTT M977 "TEAMED" to create this baby. 2 or 3 of these babies and you can suppress a whole lot of fire.

    I used to work for a Lt. Colonel, who would always remind us to,
    "Keep your head down and lean forward in the trench!"


    Badge 174

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  • FORTff
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    Ft. Wainwright.

    Armyfirerescue, the DS you're talking about that's supposed to be going to Ft. Wainwright, would that happen to be SFC Miclat (think I misspelled the name).
    I was just down there from March - July and he was about ready to head up there to Ft. Wainwright.

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  • zippo99
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    Hey army, how are you doin' down there.
    I do hope you're alright.
    When will you be relieved ?
    I mean, back in '91 when I was there with the Navy, we were relieved every 4 months? or do you have to stay till the mission is over.
    Stay safe.
    Jerry

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  • E40FDNYL35
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    Originally posted by Armyfirerescue
    First off E40L35, where did you get that picture, I could swear I know the Air Force guy on the right. He looks very familiar......Matt
    I was at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany 7-9-03. I was a guest of The US Air Force.

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  • radioguy
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    Hey Army, quick question for ya! What is the makeup of an Army FF unit, and are there any Warrant Officers? The reason I ask is that I was just selected for Warrant in the USAR, and the rumor mill has a reserve FF unit possibly being created near me. I would love to combine both!

    Also do you have mechanics in your unit for truck maintenance, and if so how is your maintenance secion set up?


    Essayons!

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