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STTAOW
04-02-2006, 12:56 AM
It's 0550 and I've just gotten in from shooting the photo coverage of a fire that engulfed a section of our off-campus housing.

I'm speechless. I've been around countless fires before, but this one was mean. This is all I can muster to say: you guys on the board here that work for fire companies, my hat goes off to you. You do amazing work, along with so many others that serve our communities and our country (military, law enforcement, EMS, you know who you are), and you all do it with a tenacity and pride that you will rarely find in other careers. May God bless you and keep you safe from harm.

murphquake
04-02-2006, 04:19 AM
Sometimes the Bucket Fairies do a good job ;-P I hope noone was hurt. Got pix to share? Fire buff pix are a big business here in The City, I have some friends that do it on the hobby side and have met a lot of the pros, they get some crazy stuff (and ignore EMS to the max... 75 bucks for good color from most papers(NY Post, Daily News, Newsday, more for a cover shot of course). What's the scoop on the fire? One thing that working in public safety in NYC that you do get to see a lot more than probably anywhere else in the world is internal attack firefighting on a grand scale... Makes for good copy, guys literally running in and coming out from the flames.
-bill

NYC*EMS: NYC's Best!

Medic17
04-02-2006, 07:57 AM
Bucket Farries, thats a good one that I have not heard yet. I will be sure to pass it on.

Nathan C
04-02-2006, 08:41 AM
In the fire academy down here in Texas I brought in some videos of the good ole depts Chicago and New York. These guys here thought I was joking when I said Chi-town boys don't use SCBA much. When they saw the video, they were like "those guys are crazy". Ya and how often do you hear of them having injuries or fatalities? They know what they're doing, it just shortens their lifespan a little :p

Then again I grew up in the midwest fire depts. Down here they say Texas is all "progressive" and crap, but you can barely find generation FF except in Houston. H-Town seems to be the only decent dept down here, they try and follow at least some traditions.

Have to see how Colorado depts are when I move back. They have a cause listed yet? Show the pics /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif Fire is a beautifull animal and a worthy opponent, can't wait to get back into it.

murphquake
04-02-2006, 01:07 PM
SCBA goes on when in direct contact with the actual fire, not often else unless a guy just can't breathe... Guys go out all the time, but LODI is part of their collective bargaining tactics. The EMS side will tell you about the FDNY "Token Injury Huddle/Ring" post-fire with the officers handing out injuries for whomever is up for going out LOD that time to claim... they'll come over and say "My, uh..." (looks at what he wrote on his hand) ".... ankle hurts. I wanna get checked out." They also go out of service for decon after every CFR (medical) run where they may or may not have had patient contact. Of course when they really are hurt they get the best treatment available, but sometimes the rest of it sickens me... And yes, we have guys go down from fumes/smoke all the time, but like I said, part of their game.

Medic17,
Bucket boys, ducks, land pirates, the heros, the red menace... there's plenty out there. Flat Ducks Never Yell.
-bill

STTAOW
04-02-2006, 02:13 PM
No cause listed, but I haven't gone down to the firehouse to talk to the guys yet, either. The story is running tomorrow so more information will come out by then, and the photos are going up locally and regionally; so at this moment, I can't release them. All the details should be sorted by 7 tonight, so I'll have three or four for you guys then.

STTAOW
04-02-2006, 03:02 PM
http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/m/c/mcg183/photography/fire/fire_001.jpg

http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/m/c/mcg183/photography/fire/fire_002.jpg

http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/m/c/mcg183/photography/fire/fire_003.jpg

http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/m/c/mcg183/photography/fire/fire_004.jpg

STTAOW
04-02-2006, 05:24 PM
Murph, I'll be living in Manhattan this summer for an internship. We'll have to touch bases when I make the move.

BrooklynBen
04-02-2006, 09:19 PM
STTAOW - Some of us NY'ers have been playing with an idea of having a "Manhattan Roundy" of some sort. When do your plans have you in the City? Perhaps if we plan this thing, we can make it so you can meet up, if you're interested.

BB

STTAOW
04-03-2006, 01:23 PM
I'll be living in NYC from the start of June through the end of August. I'd love to meet up with you guys. I got your PM, too; will respond ASAP, just a little backlogged ATM.

murphquake
04-05-2006, 01:33 PM
STT,
Not a problem. Nice looking fire, good pix, external attack is lame ;-D Where you doing the internship?
-bill

STTAOW
04-05-2006, 02:27 PM
Thanks, as tragic as fire can be, it's sure beautiful. I'll be working and shooting at Atlantic Records; living in Columbia or NYU graduate apartments.


Daily Collegian story on the blaze (http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2006/04/04-03-06tdc/04-03-06dnews-05.asp)

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2006/04/04-03-06tdc/04-03-06dnews-front-01.gif

murphquake
04-07-2006, 05:20 AM
Wanna do some indie stuff too? I might still know someone at Stubborn or Radical. I semi-worked for Moon Ska Records when it existed for about a year or so... and flyered and sold merch for stubborn for a few years at local shows... anything to get in free and get drink tix.
-bill

STTAOW
04-08-2006, 10:52 AM
Bill,

Shoot me a PM with any details you might have!