Firefighting – one of the few professions left that still makes house calls.
A scouting song tells the results of carelessness when a lantern left in the shed is kicked over with the refrain of “There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight. Fire! Fire! Fire!” Should such a feat be repeated or some other mishap result in a blaze, cities and towns throughout Texas have a better chance of getting the upper hand as the result of training their firefighters received at the annual Texas Firefighter Roundup recently held at the Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center.
Firefighters are indispensable foot soldiers here at home.
~ Christopher Dodd
More than 300 firefighters from about 40 departments fought blazes, maneuvered emergency equipment, navigated rapid waters and extricated trapped vehicles to hone their skills. They were emerged in the most up-to-date compliance issues and felt the power to the rapid and rising water as they learned techniques to initiate life-saving procedures without becoming victims. In addition, training provided principles of pumping and water supplies switching from tank water to hydrant water.
What you call a hero, I call just doing my job.
Drivers and operators also participated in drills that allowed them to safely transport firefighters, apparatus and equipment to and from the scene of an emergency. Additionally, Company and Command Officers were trained on decision-making, communications, strategy and tactics necessary to reinforce command structure.
Firemen never die, they just burn forever in the hearts of the people whose lives they saved.
~Susan Diane Murphree
See other firefighters in action at TCC’s Texas Firefighter Roundup.