Monthly Archives: June 2016

Hometown Hero’s – Getting to Know Your Firefighters

This months Hometown Hero spotlights Master Firefighter Caleb Carson.

Caleb was born in El Dorado and grew up just West of El Dorado. Caleb attended Circle High school in Towanda and graduated in 2010. After graduating Caleb decided to pursue a career in the fire service. Caleb attended Butler Community College where he took courses in Fire Science. During this time Caleb participated in Butler’s Fire Science Residency Program with the El Dorado Fire Department, gaining the skills and knowledge to become a firefighter. Carson-4Caleb took his first job as a Firefighter with the City of Atchison, Ks. There he worked as a Firefighter/ EMT until 2012. After his departure from Atchison, Ks. Caleb returned to the El Dorado area. In 2012 Caleb married Lindsey and they settled down and bought a house in El Dorado. They have two 4-legged children, Goliath and Ember.

Caleb began his career with the El Dorado Fire Department in 2012. He currently holds the position of Master Firefighter/ EMT and works out of Fire Station #1 located downtown. Carson_1Some of Caleb’s job responsibilities include driving the fire apparatus, and providing medical care, in addition to fighting fires.  Another very important job duty Caleb has is conducting the Jr. Firefighter program for the 4th grade classes at the elementary schools in El Dorado. In this program Caleb delivers important safety messages to the children, then at the end of the course those with the highest scores from each school get to embark on an adventure to the fire station for a pizza party.

 

On his days off from the working at the fire station Caleb runs his own lawn service, CC’s Lawn Grooming. So you could say when Caleb is not taking care of the citizens in the community he is taking care of their yards!

Caleb enjoys doing projects around the house and taking to the water in his kayak.

When asked, what is the best aspect of your job in the fire service? Caleb replied. “Going to something different on every call. You never know what you’re going to get called out to.”

Caleb was also asked, what aspect of the fire service do you find most challenging? He replied, “It’s not a bad thing. But adapting to the various personalities within the fire service.”

Carson_2

John Fiblosky – Sleepy Head

sleepingThe fire house is a place where camaraderie is held high on most firefighters list of expected traits.  Members of the team try to help their fellow firefighters.  This story is about the beginning  of an emergency call.

His name was John and he had a unique problem, unique but hardly unheard.  The problem was once John got to sleep,  he had trouble awakening to dispatched emergencies.

John’s problem was so prevalent that he started sleeping in the television room, in his uniform, with a portable radio propped up by his head.  This new sleeping arrangement was working fine, until one night.

The emergency was an assault at a local tavern.  I slid down the slide pole and briskly walked over to the ambulance’s passengers seat.  Fifteen seconds later, still ,  no John.

I went over to the slide pull, looked up, and hollered for John.

“John! John! John!”

Sleepy 3John still didn’t awaken.  Unbeknownst to me my hollering had awakened the Battalion Chief.  And the Battalion Chief woke John up and gave him a deluxe tongue thrashing.

So, off we went.  As we arrived it didn’t look as though we were going to make the turn.  I hollered at John – “…brake John, brake.!”

The emergency was a gentleman who suffered a swollen eye and a small laceration to the cheek.  Nothing too serious.

After driving back to the fire station, I went back to bed and John retired to the recliner in the television room.

The next morning I asked John what happened?  I never expected his answer.  He said, “I don’t remember any emergency call.  You are just messing with me.”  I showed him the patient report to turn him into a believer.  But, he still couldn’t remember the call.  I told John  that after hour calls maybe I should drive.

John worked a full carrier and never had any problems after that, that I know of.   A fine man that was just a bit too sleepy one night.

p.s.This story is completely true, but  you probably guessed that John Fiblosky was not the firefighter’s name.