originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
a reply to: IAMALLYETALLIAM
That must have been scary as hell, firefighter is definitely on my list of not to do.
I have a friend whom is a firefghter and he loves it, and says his colleagues do as well, must take a special kind of person with huge balls to do
Burn overs are scary as hell..!!
I have been in several myself.
The survivability is so much better today though than it was just ten years ago.
Most Trucks are fitted with anti-burn over equipment now and the trucks themselves are much better built for the job.
I have had Burn overs and seen them where the exact same thing happens in the vid, and right after, the truck and crew just continue on as if nothing
has even happened (that's how good the anti-Burn over gear is nowadays).
Although there are still accidents unfortunately, mostly due to miscalculations and errors in judgement. We lost a crew member a couple of years ago
to a burn over. It happens all too often because some crews have a terrible habit of draining their tanks while in he field and keep nothing in
reserve incase of burn over.
When that gauge says you have a 1/4 of a tank left.. You get the hell out and let the next truck move up..!!
As for the job its self..
It's the best damn job on the planet as far as I'm concerned...!!
There's nothing quite like riding on the back of a big 4x4 Firetruck (we used custom built Hino's in West Australia), behind a big Cat-5 (which is
cutting a path through Old Growth Forest, just knocking massive trees down like they are nothing and pushing them aside), with a huge wall of flame on
one side of you, just meters away..!!
And at the end of the day, coming home knowing that you have saved lives is a reward in of its self..!!
But the pay is pretty good too though, if you are in it on a professional level and happen to be working with one of the state parks or forestry
I truly miss the work since being forced to retire early for health reasons.
edit on 17-2-2020 by Ironclad1964 because: (no reason