Here is a funny story submitted by a rookie with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue….
No one said that being a rookie was easy, but in the end, we all know it’s well worth it.
The other morning, two of us rookies showed up for work at beautiful station 1 at 6:25am. One of us rookies is, and has been, stationed here at 1’s, while the other was working an overtime shift, and was from a different station.
Straight after morning muster, we starting doing training drills, including: pulling 250′ attack lines, 5″ supply lines, 2-1/2″ pre-connect, and setting up auto extrication. (All of our drills for the day were done in full turnouts with SCBA) We were then interrupted by a
couple EMS calls.
We came back after running a few calls, and went over to an abandoned building. After simulating a fire attack with a 250′ pre-connect, we began pulling drop ceiling with our axes and first, and then with a pike pole or rubbish hook. After completing approx. 500 square feet of ceiling pull, we were dispatched to a multiple-alarm fire at the Monte Carlo. Both of us at this time were assigned to Truck 1.
After a busy ride to the Monte Carlo (both of us were still packed out, and changed each others bottles out enroute), we arrived and were staged. Heavy black pressurized smoke was seen coming from the roof of the Monte Carlo Casino/Hotel. Earlier units were on scene, trying to locate the fire. Flames could be seen shooting from the roof. High-rise procedures were in effect, and the whole building was evacuated. Fire crews were reportedly airlifted to the rooftop. Crews were ordered to abandon the top floor. Our total on scene time was roughly and hour and a half.
When we returned to the station, we had a little time to grab a quick snack for lunch. After that, it was back to the abandoned building for more ceiling pull. We pulled another approx. 1000 square feet of drop ceiling. Then our masks were blacked out, and we were ordered to do a life search. A little while into it, we were told we had 30 seconds to get out of the building, or we were dead. We never made it. Staying blacked out, we were then taken to a different building, where we were separated, and told that we had 5 minutes to break through our respective walls to get out. The first wall was lathe and plaster. It was fairly easy to get through. Then we were taken to another wall, and given the same task. This wall was regular drywall, and proved a bit more difficult, but manageable. The last wall we were taken to had chicken wire running on both sides. It was extremely difficult to break through.
After dinner, we had some time to get things cleaned up throughout the station as best we could. Then it was back to training. One of us did a series of truck related events in a certain sequential order. This was repeated many, many times. The other of us pulled 5″ supply line a few times, set up a keenan loop, and threw the 35 foot ladder 6 times with the help of another firefighter. We then both took turns climbing to the top of the 100′ aerial ladder. We then took turns pulling 5″ supply line. We finished the night of by each of us pulling the 5″ supply line until we had pulled almost all of it out of the bed, and then reloaded it so it would lay nicer.
The hardest day here is better than the best day elsewhere…..I love this job!
Submitted by Rookie FF Burton, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue