July 3rd, 2006


it got kind of interesting

See, here's the thing: I really don't get into dangerous situations very often at all. After my post of the house fire from back in the spring, I may have given people the wrong impression that I'm always jumping into some "Backdraft" style of high adventure, but we don't get that many fires in this rural area, and I don't make all the ones we do get, and I'm not usually the spear point on the ones I do make. So the fact that I was the one who ended up approaching the big propane tank to shut off the supply is pure chance. I was on the first-in truck in the officer's position, the two guys on the first hoseline were inexperienced rookies, and the next guy in rode on the tanker, which means he couldn't get an air pack on during the response.

So you see, I was the only one available with full protective equipment on. It was pure chance that I did the "exciting" part; I was just manning the second hoseline up until then. I remember thinking at the time, "If I don't get blown up, I'm going to have to clarify this, so my flist won't think I'm some kind of Action Jackson."

However, I should have known it would be more exciting than usual because when I turned on the car (after throwing my blue light on the roof to respond to the station), the "Magnum PI" theme was just coming on the radio. Those of you who have heard it will understand what I mean.

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