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 March 15, 2017

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What kind of physical fitness component is there for the firefighter certification exam, and do most candidates have to train in preparation in order to pass?

Asked by dan79 about 4 years ago

The larger depts utilize physical agility test which gives you about 5 min to complete the course which involves climbing ladders, pulling hose and dragging a weighted dummy which is all incorporated in the job. Getting yourself physically fit usually gets one through just fine.

How does the "for firefighters only" button in elevators work? Do you have a skeleton key that operates all elevators in the city or something?

Asked by Borophil almost 4 years ago

Takes having a key and allowis to bypass all other request for service. We dont have a large amount of elevators and prefer to use the stairs believe it or not.

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 about 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.

In movies and TV, firefighters run directly through flames, like when they're running in or out of a burning house. Is that realistic? Does your gear allow you to do that?

Asked by slowburn about 4 years ago

No it isnt realistic. Imagine in the summertime during the middle of the day you throwing on a parka put a blindfold on and put a helmet on and go into a perfect stranger house and find the remote control in the living room. Not going to able see much. gonna be hot and stumbling over stuff. Any firefighter that says he doesnt get nervous going in is not a smart firefighter and will get him or others hurt.

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

Asked by emily_kessler about 4 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.

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 about 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 about 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.