*Story by Student Resident Firefighter Jalis Bullock
Camaraderie – Combination of both friendship and trust among members of a close knit group. I was asked the question the other day, “What does camaraderie mean to you and how does it pertains to the fire service?”
I thought for a minute and came up with this.
I have been able to experience camaraderie in several ways with the shift I have been on at the El Dorado Fire Department. The first example is how we push each other to perform better at our jobs on and off duty. We participate in regular training, both physical and mental. Physical training includes practicing putting on gear, the use of hand tools, tying knots, and physical conditioning at the YMCA. Mental training includes going over study material for my classes and getting quizzed on everything about the El Dorado Fire Department. Off duty we meet at the YMCA on a regular basis to push each other to achieve physical goals both on the track running and in the weight room.
Another way our team promotes camaraderie is doing activities together as a group. We eat together at the table and engage in conversations to get to know each other better. We perform our cleaning duties as a team, with each member pulling their weight. We spend our down time in the evenings together. Most important of all we run calls together. All of our training and mental preparation gets tested when the alarm goes off. All of time we spend dragging the fire hose through the dirt, sweating in our gear, pushing ourselves to the limit is when our camaraderie solidifies.
I started with the El Dorado Fire Department as a Student Resident. Now I feel like I am a valued team member that is relied upon to do a job. Finally, to me camaraderie in firefighting is to know each of our team members on a personal level. We have trust built between ourselves forged through hard work and commitment.
The El Dorado Fire Department and Towanda Fire Department responded to a garage fire this morning.
Upon arrival crews found smoke coming from the attic vents of the house.
It was quickly discovered that a pot of beef fat was burning on a stove in the garage. The fire damage was limited to a small portion of wall above the stove and smoke damage to the walls of the garage.
Firefighters quickly ensured complete extinguishment of the fire.
*Story by Captain Max Brown
On Sunday afternoon the El Dorado Fire Department was requested by the Andover Fire Department for mutual aid.
Andover had been fighting a stubborn basement fire that had progressed to the main floor of the structure and had been on scene for about three hours and their people had gone through several bottles of air along with other departments they had called in prior to requesting El Dorado.
A High Expansion Foam operation was established using equipment from Augusta Fire and the basement and main floor were saturated with foam. This helped get most of the fire but in the end members from Andover and one member from El Dorado went into the basement through a hole cut in the floor, the staircase had burned out in the early stages of the fire, and the fire was finally extinguished.
All told there were several fire departments involved Andover, Rosehill, Sedgwick County, Augusta, Benton and El Dorado and even though we rarely all work together we all teamed up and helped each other with no trouble. The team from El Dorado included four paid officers and two of the Butler Community College student residents.
*All pictures taken by Photographer Chad Wittenberg. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in acquiring any photo.
Firefighters deserve the best vehicles and equipment the customers can afford. This includes technology.
There has been a lot of talk about using unmanned aircraft in emergency service, but because the technology is fairly new, potential customers are hesitant to jump in.
The El Dorado Fire Department is one of those who recognize the value of Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle UAV, but uncertainty and cost was holding them back. Along comes a company named NMotion.
NMotion is a newly formed Unmanned Aircraft business that was in need of a user to jumpstart the technology. This aligned NMotion with the El Dorado Fire Department. Through an agreement NMotion will loan one of their aircraft to the El Dorado Fire Department in exchange for use of any videos taken by the EFD.
Today was one of those training exercises. The aircraft won’t be used in the suppression of vehicle fires, but it was good to train on the steps to using the aircraft.
There are still some steps needed to be taken before the FD can use the aircraft, but things are getting much closer. We will share future steps as they happen.
Several days ago El Dorado firefighters climbed atop the highest of heights – the wind turbine.
Even one of the college residents made the trip.
These folks are your team if one needs rescued from high above.