Good afternoon from the jumpseat.Â During my last shift it hit me the three words that every firefighter donâ€™t want to hear.Â â€œOut on arrivalâ€ is three words that take you from being #jumpseatreadyÂ to the awÂ man moment.Â We all know what’s it’s like to hear the dispatch ofÂ a possible structure fire can clear a station faster than someone cooking with ramps.Â We all get on our chosen unit for the day, put our seat belt on, and prepare for the upcoming battle, then those words come and itâ€™s time to take the gear off.
Talk about a letdown, now I hate to see anyoneâ€™s propertyÂ beÂ consumed by fire and the heartbreak that goes along with itÂ isÂ staggering.Â But letâ€™s all face it, we like fighting fires.Â If thereÂ isÂ a fire we want it in our area, unless you the engineer then you want it in your secondÂ dueÂ so you can fight some fire.Â Thatâ€™s why I chose to work on the west side of my city, to see more fire.Â If you repaired air conditioners would you go to Alaska to work, I vote NO.Â
With the constant stream of non-fire related calls coming our way you mustÂ stayÂ on guard for your next fire. Just remember that when the bell rings, you get dressed and ready just to hear the words Out on Arrival broadcasted over the radio that youÂ shoudÂ take the time to make sure that you place all you PPE and equipment ready for the next fire because you never know where it will be!
Thanks for the stop in the jumpseat!
Bunker up, Buckle in, itâ€™s where we all begin!
Picture is from the Dover DE FireÂ DepartmentÂ Rescue 1Â
Taken during visit toÂ DelawareÂ in March 2012
welcome to the jumpseat!