Water, Water everywhere

Today two members of my vrew at the firehouse set out to test hydrants (as we do every spring; we have over 900 hydrants in our district that we have to test annualy) and in the final few they broke the stem, leaving the hydrant partially open and water flowing everywhere. We have a “key” for the water main just incase we have to close a hydrant (it is not really key shaped but more of a very large nut driver on an eight foot pipe). As it turns out the shut off we saw was not for the hydrant but for the residents on the street. We had to wait for an hour for the water company to come and assist us. They had a hard time also (the previous paving company have laid asphalt over the hydrant shut off valve). Yes, the two firefighters got soaked. I was driving today and luckily I stayed dry.

Two runs so far both EMS. One siezure and the other an overhead door hit a worker in the head. The second patient was rushed to the trauma center for evaluation.

Rarely do we get to hear about how our patients fair after EMS carts them away.

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About Joel

I am a paramedic, firefighter and I work for an organ procurement organization. All stories related to work have been altered to HIPPA standards and for the protection of those involved. The personal stories are different. Photography, flying, aviation, hiking, camping, travel, geocaching, amateur radio are a few of my hobbies.
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