Firefighting Experiences, Thoughts, And Everything In Between
#1 Posted 05 August 2008 - 02:01 PM
I saw my first dead body yesterday. A man was driving recklessly down some backroads, hitting other vehicles, almost hitting a jogger as well, he finally swerved off the road down a hill and hit a tree. His minivan caught on fire shortly thereafter. From the way he was driving before that happened, we think he was probably intoxicated. He stepped out the van and then collapsed right beside the front door. The fire grew too hot for any of the police officers or bystanders to rescue him from the flames.
The above was all from the view points of the police that had been chasing him and the few witnesses that were nearby. By the time we had gotten there, the fire was going pretty good and he was already dead. We extinguished the fire and kept hitting any hot spots that happened to pop up (it was in the middle of a field, a couple of engines had been dispatched to a brush fire and we had been dispatched to a car fire). I'll save you all the details and withhold descriptions of anything beyond that (out of respect of you all and of the departed).
I wasn't as shocked as I thought I was. Given the circumstances, I think I handled it pretty well. On the way back to the station I was quieter than usual, and received a couple phone calls from guys around the district to see how I was doing (we had been on the news as well and they know that that was my first). I think that helped a lot, it was great to know how many of the guys cared that I've worked with (I work for two departments and they each have two stations and there's three different shifts for each station of four guys a shift. Not to mention the chiefs, lieutenants, captains, and part-timers as well). I was thinking about doing the CISD (critical incident stress debriefing) debriefing. Mostly because I don't want to end up like one of my buddies that, after having seeing his first dead body, still has nightmares about it. I'm not ashamed of wanting to talk about, a lot of the guys were pretty understanding towards me. They've all been there.
I love my job, I can't imagine doing anything else.
This is pretty heavy for a first post in a new thread I hope to keep adding to and hope that will be around for awhile. Don't forget that it won't always be like this, and as much as I don't want to admit it, after awhile, I'll be desensitized to death so much that it won't really bother me anymore. It's inevitable. I like that it bothers me. I don't ever not want to care.
One last thing, I'll make sure the next few things I post are not so depressing.
The Scotsman - Moderator Emeritus
#3 Posted 05 August 2008 - 02:07 PM
Haha yeah, that is true.
They probably also like Fighter Pilots, that's one of the reason i want to be one. XD
I'll be looking forward to seeing more posts. Must of been tough to see your first dead body.
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#4 Posted 05 August 2008 - 05:17 PM
Citadel Elite Guard
#6 Posted 06 August 2008 - 01:51 AM
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#7 Posted 06 August 2008 - 02:07 AM
PS: just a curiosity, I heard firefighters have a deep down hidden pyromaniac tendencies, would that be true for you?
#11 Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:43 AM
lol, yea. I like fire . . .
Austin. It's a pretty great city.
Thanks for the kind words guys.
#14 Posted 06 August 2008 - 05:59 AM
I was going to say apartment buildings sealed by the military, filled with demonic little girls who hunt down hot Spanish reporters, but that too...
#15 Posted 06 August 2008 - 06:01 AM
that was a good movie (she was pretty hot, I do like me a nice latina woman)
EDIT. . . back on topic, I'll let ya'll know how the CISD goes