LESSONS FROM THE FIRE LINE
Plan ahead for the next fire call.
When the tones go off, we never know if the fire call will last for a short time or if it will
be a fire that takes many hours and personnel to contain. Remember that when you respond you may want to have a few
"creature comforts" to aid you on the fire scene.
Try to get safety goggles and dust mask for everyone that is going to be out on a fire scene during high winds and blowing
dust. Try to find some small squirt bottles that are used in Science labs. Along with the bottles, get a small
bottle of clean water to wash out dirt and particles from firefighter's eyes. Throw in a few bottles of eye drops to
stop stinging and burning from smoke and dust irritations. Throw in a few small jars of lip balm to protect lips from
the blasting winds ( I would recommend the small glass jars instead of sticks because the sticks will melt during the hot
summer months) Also, a small bit of petroleum jelly applied to the cheeks will help combat wind burn during the winter months.
These are small creature comforts, but they are much appreciated on extended fire scenes when you are out in the smoke
and wind for hours at a time.
Take care and be safe out there!
Asst. Chief 702
Howard County Volunteer Fire Dept.