Posted by: medicblog999 | September 13, 2010

And THIS is why Fire Fighters deserve our respect.

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The Happy Medic has just emailed me a link to the radio recordings from the San Bruno gas Explosion last week. To say that it is riveting listening is an understatement. The link can be found over at Statter 911, but the clip is also just below :

As I said in the title, listen to the radio chatter and imagine what it must have been like to be responding to this. Especially in the beginning, these guys didn’t have a clue what they were going in to, but in they went.

Yes, it is their job. Yes, they knew what they were signing up for when they joined the service, but I still cant help but feel the urge to run in the opposite direction when putting myself in their position.

I like to make fun of the fire fighters that are on my station for the amount of sleep that they have and lack of actual fire fighting that they actually do, but I still respect them and know that they would do the same as the San Bruno Fire Department and all the other agencies that came to offer mutual aid for this fire, if the need arose.


  1. The US Coast Guard has an unofficial motto, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back” which dates back to the days when they manned Life Saving Stations. It’s the same for fire fighters, police officers, and even EMS. The public expects us to respond to their calls for help, no matter what the risk to ourselves. It’s part of the job, and if we can’t accept that, then it’s time to find another place to work. That doesn’t mean that we should be reckless (although we should be wreckless), but that we shouldn’t shirk our duties by putting ourselves before the patient.

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