Firefighter

Firefighter

arringnl

30 Years Experience

Goose Creek, SC

Male, 50

Firefighter/EMT since 1985. Currently operating on a 75' Quint Ladder truck. Handling all phases of Fire/EMS/Rescue for a community of 38,000 bedroom community in Charleston, SC

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Last Answer on December 07, 2017

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How badly have you been burned in a fire? What kind of protection from heat do standard firefighter suits provide?

Asked by emily_kessler almost 5 years ago

I have managed to stay burn free utilizing my gear, but most of my and our injuries are back injury, falls, of the such.

What does it mean when you see black smoke vs. white smoke?

Asked by Mckenzie over 4 years ago

Black smoke is incomplete combustion from the fire it hasnt reached peak combustion and white smoke is usually seen as extinguishment is being achieved. But certain chemicals can produce the same effects also.

Do firefighters still slide down poles, or is that antiquated?

Asked by JSB over 4 years ago

The trend has been to go to stairs and some depts use slides. There have been unknown amount of ankle and back injuries and even neck injuries. So from a risk analysis it is to dangerous but depts do continue to have them.

How do you figure out if a fire was arson?

Asked by Gordie30 over 4 years ago

Numerous ways. We can look at the area of what we suspect being the location where the fire started and can usually see a burn pattern which looks like a upside down triangle as the fire spreads upwards. Chemical samples of the debris, Detection K9's are many of the tools that we use. But sometimes due to the amount of damage you can't always tell.

When the alarm goes off, how many seconds between when you get the initial call and when you're on the truck pulling out of the station?

Asked by AffAct over 4 years ago

Approx 60 sec. day or night. There is always circumstances where your in a building and it takes time to get back to the rig. But if we are in quarters its target of 60 sec on the road.

Were you on duty in South Carolina on 9/11, and was there any consideration of going up to New York to help?

Asked by DasRach over 4 years ago

I was in Gatlinburg TN testing for the fire dept. We didn't have the staffing to send and to be honest to much people can be a hinderance. The life saving issues of that day technically were over in 48 hs.

What triggers indoor sprinklers in office buildings? If there's smoke, I assume the alarm would sound, but at what point do the sprinklers get activated, because I assume they would cause millions of dollars in damage?

Asked by smithy over 4 years ago

When a glass bulb or fusible metal link that you see in the sprinkler gets to a certain temperature it will breakaway and allow the water to come out the head. It will not open all sprinklers unless they individually detect high heat temperature.