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  • #46
    Hi army,
    How is going over there, I hope you not taking to much heat.
    Well here is something to lightn' up your day.

    Everytime a VIP is coming to the base by chopper, our squad has to be stand-by at the LZ.
    One day our secretary of defence was visiting our navybase, and we went to the landingzone.
    Once the chopper with the Secretary touched down, I had to get out of our firetruck, to salute him.
    2 squad members allready stood in attention, when I jumped out of the truck.
    I was wearing my firefightersbelt, and my axe got stuck on the chair.
    So there I hung, 2 feet from the ground saluting the seceretary.
    Everybody saw me hanging there, the welcomecommity, the gard of honor and the pilots.
    Well, I couldn't walk on the base without getting laughed at.
    Keep your head down and stay safe.
    *The BOSS rules*

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    • #47
      Hooah!

      When were you at GAFB? I went through in spring 97. Got there on Fri the 13th, sept 96 and went on f'in casual status 'til the end of jan when a class started.

      Where were you stationed before the trip to the desert? You might have already posted that and I just missed it...

      MACI's. What a POS.

      Stay low, on shift or not......

      Still a 51M at heart,
      Cpl. Logan
      3rd PLT HQ USAG FWA AK,
      where the women are missing teeth,
      the moose get in your yard,
      and guys get frostbite in places guys just shouldn't...
      ...if you put the handline in the right spot, you won't have to jump out the window...
      -Andy "Nozzles", SQ18, 9-11-01

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      • #48
        Air Force FF's come home

        EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) - Eighteen Eglin firefighters
        were transformed into war fighters when they arrived in Iraq
        shortly after combat began.
        The first Air Force firefighters sent into hostile territory are
        back in the Florida Panhandle nearly five months after they flew
        into a captured Iraqi air base.
        "We stepped off in Iraq, locked and loaded," said Airman 1st
        Class Carlos Martinez of Miami. "The whole team was nervous. We
        didn't know what to expect. We didn't know where we were going."
        While running for the cover inside dilapidated buildings,
        Martinez saw blown up tanks and other debris.
        "I thought I was dropped off in the wrong place," he said.
        "There was absolutely nothing there," said Staff Sgt. Christy
        M. Skerrett, one of two women on the team.
        No electricity, no latrines and nothing but MREs to eat. They
        rationed drinking water and slept on the ground for more than a
        week before cots arrived.
        Their first job was to clean sand from inside one of the
        buildings that served as their fire station.
        At the onset, the only water for fighting fires came on the two
        trucks they brought with them. They had to dig a trench to a river
        several miles away to get water they then stored in huge bladders.
        The firefighters took no hostile fire, but that didn't mean they
        could put down their guns. For the first couple weeks they covered
        each other while handling emergencies. They also had to wear
        chemical warfare suits under their bunker gear for the first month.
        "You feel like the Michelin man," said Martinez, holding his
        arms way out. "It restrained movement a lot. It was really hot and
        hard to put on."
        The team was busy throughout its deployment.
        "We had a few good fires and basically everything else was
        medevac," Martinez said.
        The firefighters had to drive 40 miles to douse a civilian
        tanker truck that had blown up. They also responded when a shot-up
        A-10 "Warthog" fighter made an emergency landing and helped treat
        wounded American and Iraqi soldiers as well as civilians.
        By the time the Eglin team left, the base had blossomed into a
        tent city. Generators provided electricity and there was a mess
        hall, gym, chapel and other amenities.
        The most vivid memories for Martinez, however, were of the first
        month or two. They made him appreciate even little things everyone
        takes for granted in the United States.
        He laughed and said, "I flushed the toilet like three times
        when I got home."
        ---
        Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News,
        http://www.nwfdailynews.com

        (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
        Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
        Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

        *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
        On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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        • #49
          Hey, Matt,
          How are things down there.
          Question : Do you guys have to be stand-by at the LZ for every in-comming and out-going chopper or plain like we do (only choppers)?
          *The BOSS rules*

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          • #50
            Hey Matt:

            First off wanted to thank you and all the fellow military for the jobs you guys are doing. Stay safe. I'm considering going into the Army. I've looked into the firefighting jobs. Would you recommend this as a good way to get the training and experience for a civilian job after the Army? Do you regret going into the military? Just wanted to ask someone that is there and not hear what the recruiter is painting.

            Be safe and watch your 6.

            Andy
            It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.

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            • #51
              Thank you...

              Hi,

              First and foremost I want to thank you and all the others over there that are risking life and limb every day. I have a few cousins in Iraq, one in Afghanistan, and one off the coast of Liberia. I pray for a safe return of all of you.
              I think its great the things you have been saying on here. It's good to hear some of this stuff. The media tends to sensationalize so many things it gets hard to listen to.
              Over this past weekend I got to see pictures from Iraq. One of my cousins just got back. Some of the bugs I saw in the pictures were HUGE! He said that when they dug holes in the sand to climb in to cool off the bugs and lizards would follow them in. I guess with temps as high as they are over there you tend not to be bothered by it too much and just deal with it.
              Stay safe and I hope you can all come home to the good ol’ USA soon! We are thinking of you all!

              Take Care of yourself.
              Janelle
              The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn...

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              • #52
                Attached Files
                ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                343
                CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                Charleston 9
                "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                • #53
                  Hey everybody, I've almost been neglecting this post a little. 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.
                  Zippo99 - Nah, if we had to stand by at the LZ for every chopper or plane, we'd never be at the station, and never available for any other calls.
                  MrFreeze - I was at goodfellow from January 2002-May 2002. Much after your time there. I notice you're at Ft. Wainright AK. You know any of the firefighters up there? I think one of the DS's from goodfellow was going up there after his time was up as a drill sergeant.
                  Firechick76 - Thanks for your post, we do have some pretty big bugs over here, we got the black beetles that go crunch when you step on em, and make a big mess. We got plenty of camel spiders, they look prety cool though. I'm not bothered by much though, other people are somtimes.

                  Stay safe everybody,

                  Matt
                  "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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                  • #54
                    I feel for you!

                    Hey Army,
                    I know what your going through. I was an Air Force firefighter for eight years. Spent some time in FRY (former Yugoslavia). My friend SSgt Painter(from Philly FD) is on the the Air Force side of Bagdad International right now. If you see him say hi for me. I'm now a Reserve Instructor at the DoD Fire Academy at Goodfellow at work at a city department outside of Dallas Tx. Sorry that you have to work with the 2500L. It is junk. If there is anything I can do for you let me know.

                    SSgt Cromer

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                    • #55
                      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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                      • #56
                        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.
                        ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                        NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                        343
                        CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                        LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                        FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                        FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                        FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                        FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                        FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                        FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                        FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                        Charleston 9
                        "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                        *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                        • #57
                          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
                          *The BOSS rules*

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                          • #58
                            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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                            • #59
                              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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                              • #60
                                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.
                                Remember,

                                If you don't respond.....who will

                                IACOJ EMS Bureau Member
                                IACOJ Member

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