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NYC expat Living in North Dakota x35 Years

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  • NYC expat Living in North Dakota x35 Years

    I am Br. Elias, a benedictine monk living at Assumption Abbey in Richardton, ND I got started in EMS when the local Lutheran pastor invited myself and a couple of other monks to join the ambulance service. In those days we had two pagers, and we had to pass them off to each other at the end of the shift. Even when we finally got radios, we did not have enough to go around. Of course the squad has a long way since then. We covered an area of about 600 square miles with only two paved roads. Fortunately, people other than myself knew the area, for me, an ex New York City boy, make a right at the old pine tree simple did not cut it, and even maps nor Garmin could tell you where the snow drifts were, or even if there was a road under that snow drift.
    I retired when I found I could no longer lift the cot up into the ambulance.
    Of course my life-long hobby was and is model railroading, but my layout is up on the third floor of our library building, and these old legs are not climbing that far much any more., so I waste my time on the computer, first watching Russian drivers on YouTube, but then eventually migrated to looking at fires, especially in NYC where I know those neighborhoods so well. I was interested to see how fires were fought and why they tid not have a truck with a 5" diameter hypodermic needle that could poke right int attics, cocklofts, or even the sides of buildings and just flood the place with water. But then I found some training websites and learned better. Firefighting it seems is a real science and it makes more sense knowing just a little bit more.
    To contrast this I viewed some Russian websites and I get the impression that they are a little backwards there, starting with their equipment and gear.
    I found these videos quite interesting: https://youtu.be/wfy_0vgy74I and https://youtu.be/jBxjjz-_i1g

    I would be interested in comments on them
    Last edited by Elias Thienpont; 10-29-2019, 02:16 PM.
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