From: 'Dr. Jeff Seltun' <email@example.com>
Date: Friday Nov 24, 2006 9:41 pm
Subject: Pressure Cooker..
Captain Stanley swallowed around
his dry throat in his scba mask.
"Ok, Mike. This is close enough. Stop right here. Chet, Marco! Get
fire pond gate open! Draw from there using the high pressure snorkel
impeller and start
sending water into the bund surrounding this first
distillation tower. The chief's already ordered
a second Erickson
Aircrane to be a remote nurse tender refill tanker for us should we run
Call in the S-64 on Tach Three when you need them. Truck 127's
gonna be our safety net with plenty
"Ok, Cap.." said Kelly and Lopez, climbing out of the Ward in their
flowing air bottles
Roy and Johnny met Hank in a meeting by the road where Stoker
was quickly laying
covering hose. "I take it we're gonna search
this one first?" asked DeSoto, coiling two bundles of
thick rope onto
"Make it fast." Cap nodded. "The air's rapidly turning volatile.
ten minutes! Keep in touch with me every minute." He pointed into the
inky black and smothered
sky. "Aircrane 47's gonna follow your
progress the whole way up and down with a primed foam cannon.
the first hint of trouble, rappel the h*ll out of there!"
"What's this guy's name?" Gage
shouted over the roaring hiss of fire
and the helicopter's whirling rotors.
"And his job?" Roy asked, wondering if their missing man could prove to be
a plant worker whose location
and refinery experience could aid them by
sharing knowledge about potential hot spots.
thinks he's a manager!" Hank growled in frustration.
"Not any more, he doesn't... He just became
our next victim." Johnny
said. "Roy, let's go. Cap, once we're at the top, we'll holler for the stokes!"
"Don't tie yourselves up any yet. Let's make sure we're not risking
all our skins rescuing a
corpse first. That second tanker's a little too close
for comfort." Cap told them empathetically.
"I'll have some spare air bottles
sitting on the hood of the squad." he shouted as Stoker primed
a hose and
began aiming it at the base of the climbing ladder the two paramedics would
to cool it down.
Chet was ducking unconsciously as thick clouds of inky, oil scorched smoke|
turned bright middle day
into the blackest night as they swirled down
on top of them from the fire's location. He was more
than just a little uneasy.
"Say, Marco.. how many gallons does this mother tank hold again?"
million. Tops. Won't be a problem if we don't let this side of it
feel heat enough to buckle." grinned
Lopez through his mask.
"So says the Jiffy Pop popcorn kernel to the fireplace right before the
big foil lid raising event." Chet joked tensely.
"Think ice cubes, Kelly. Helps a heap." said
Stoker through his air gear.
"Right.." said Chet nervously as he helped Lopez cover Roy and Johnny's
way up the tall concrete processing tower. He licked away a trickle of sweat
that dripped down his
nose in a rivulet. ::Gage. DeSoto. Make it fast.::
From: 'Roxy Dee' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Prep Work~~
Date: Date: Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:01 pm
Roy DeSoto tried not to think about
the raging fire that was growing
around them. "Johnny, I'll go first. I'm bigger." he said, peering
the distillation tower's climbing ladder as he searched for loose bolts
and for any recent
structural damage it might have suffered.
"Why is bigger always better?" Gage griped in annoyance.
"Small and lithe
works just as well in any climbing situation 'cause that kind of firefighter,
worm himself around just about anything that gets in the way." he joked
with some pride as he reflected
on his own abilities. He grunted meaningfully
as he readjusted his snub's rope as he got into a safety
belt at the entrance
to the climbing tubule.
Roy rolled his eyes through his air mask in a
look of long suffering.
"Hmm... Gravity was still working last time I checked, junior. Think about
If you fall, I've enough mass to catch you, even with you in your air bottle
two extra spares."
Gage ignored his glib comment. "Yeah, but I grabbed the drug box first. If|
that guy's up there, and
not breathing, he's gonna need this epi, fast."
"Epi's impotent without some manual pipework initially,
and you know it.
And either one of us will do for his mouth to mouth if any's needed." Roy sighed,
craftily shoving his partner aside with a broad shoulder to grip the first rung
of the ladder that
was before them, stretching above their heads. "I'm gonna
be your anchor without a fight. So live
"Like I had any choice?! ..Huh... You know, there's nothing like dishing out a
noogie or two when offering a guy a little encouragement, pal."
"I don't need it. Having the
chance to save a life every day is all the carrot
dangling I've EVER needed. And the same goes for
you, too, junior."
DeSoto shouted down to him through his face plate.
Gage finally chuckled,
quickly following after him. With a free glove, Johnny
pulled out his HT. "HT 51 to Aircrane 47.
We're on the tower. Are you seeing
signs of a possible victim up there yet?"
to HT 51. Stand by...##
From : Roxy Dee <email@example.com>
Sent : Monday, November 27, 2006 5:40 PM
Subject : Making like Bat Man~~
chop of the helitanker hovering above echoed
eerily with an open mic'd frequency whine as long seconds
by. The two paramedics kept moving upward swiftly, each listening
to the hiss of their
own solitary hard breathing, as air whistled in and
out of their scbas' regulators.
on... Come on, Mr. Hot Shot Pilot...:: Gage mentally urged.
::Those tank reservoirs nearest us aren't
gonna be behaving themselves
for much longer. Not with this much fire around. :: he thought, eyeballing
their surroundings in a quick assessment. He could feel their looming bulk
pressing in acutely.
Johnny started imagining that he could hear their steel
shell drums beginning to groan under the
insult of the fire's concrete bound
conducted heat. He startled badly when they began doing it for
*Ping--nnNNGGgg.. Phoofffff-ff....*creakkKKK..kkk* said the metal.
Truck 127 stepped
up the volume of their foam production hastily. That
station's silver hazmat suited fire crew quickly
re-aimed their primary
working cannon to where the voice of violation spoke the loudest.
sang out new orders. ##That was tanker nine. Shift your attack!
All crews: Shift!! Don't let her
get hot. Aircrane 30, smother the east side
housing pipes leading to the pumping station of Reservoir
#9, a.s.a.p. !
We don't want to develop a vapored gas leak from there. Foam 205, take
Truck 127 on cooling tank twelve. Station 51's in its immediate
Four.## said the second chopper crew. ##Foam drop
on Junction Nine West in one.##
called upon unit responded to their hail. 205's captain
immediately replied to Chief Conrad. ##Copy.
Be back-up for 51 on oil
Tank #12.## There was a pause of radio over the sounds of the burning
Then... ##Engine 205, L.A. Position change.. We're now a quarter
mile east of the San Diego Freeway
near Alameda Street at Arco
entrance Tango 1-1 Charlie, flanking Station 51. Crew of eight.##
##Foam 205, location and number of personnel, affirm.## replied L.A.
Squad 51's pair looked up
a short time later as the reassuring shape
of a new Aircrane dipped in close to them and her sistercraft
a satisfying cascading payload of white fire retardant from her underside
Roy couldn't wait any longer. He switched to Johnny's talk channel with
47's pilot. "Aircrane
47! Victim status! Do you have a visual?" he shouted
through his face glass plate at his HT.
was a long delay as the entire fire effort that was water curtain
framing a half mile of inferno,
stepped up its aerial and ground foam attacks.
Gage started coughing with exertion just as their
pilot re-initiated contact.
##Aircrane 47 to HT 51. Affirmative. Your victim is on the first worker
platform ring on the west side, facing sunward. He's non-moving at this time
on his back
but he is without apparent limb fractures. Unable to confirm as still
alive due to blocking smoke
on our wind.##
"That's all we needed to hear, 47. Copy: Found victim is physically intact
sighting." said Gage to the helitanker.
Roy and Johnny quickly opened the meshed gate encasing
ladder and stepped onto the narrow maintenance grill ringing the oil stack.
air bottled paramedics ran to where they could see the very
sooty refinery manager sprawled half on
and half off the platform. Roy
hauled his upper torso back to safety using the front of the unconscious
man's shirt gripped in two hands.
Then DeSoto peeled off a glove and dug a few fingers deep into
groove running along the man's neck. "I've got a carotid." He shifted an
arm and laid it across
Marve's chest. "And he's breathin.. So far, he's
doing ok." he shared with his partner in a thumbs
Gage lifted his radio, crouching down to open the manager's shirt with his
free hand to
expose his chest so he could monitor him while they waited
for equipment. Johnny got on his hand
held radio to the ground. "HT 51
to Engine 51. Heads up! We're going a rapid extrication. We are
on the first tier facing into the sun at your two o'clock."
Hank Stanley replied on Main.
##Engine 51 to HT 51. 10-4. Sending up Kelly
to assist with stokes. Do you want an airlift pickup?##
Roy swung his air masked helmeted head as he glanced at the air space
surrounding the tower."Negative.
He's a rappel down. Smoke's too thick
up here for clear navigation."
Roy reached into his jacket for an oral airway when Marve didn't react to|
a sharp sternal rub. He
inserted it over the man's tongue and settled it into
place in between his teeth. Soon the blonde
paramedic began to search
for signs of severe blood loss on Marve. He found none at all. "Looks like
he's dealing with just some smoke inhalation, Johnny. I'm not finding any kind
of injuries on
him." Roy reported. "Breathing's at ten and getting shallower."
"I'll get his air bottle set up."
Gage replied. He glanced down the ladder
at a loud clang. He began chuckling. "And here comes Chet.
he's thought up another cockamamie plan. He's actually dog sledding
the stokes up
along behind himself using a waist tether."
"He uses what works." Roy snorted as he fitted the
smoky manager face
and head into one of the spare scba air masks on high flow. "Marve's bottle's
top flow. Started at ..14: 06."
Johnny set his watch on timer. "Got it. T-minus ten from...mark.
Our own bottles
will be dry in seven and a half, give or take."
"Relax, I am keeping track
of our own breathing room with my full attention."
Roy said, placing Marve into anatomical position
for easier stokes loading.
"I can't wait to get out of here. I don't enjoy being inside of a powder
"Amen to that." said Johnny, rising after feeling for a pulse quality on Marve.
122 but steady down to the brachial. At least his BP's holding." he said,
placing their drug box
under Marve's raised feet to help with thwarting shock.
"Is he nauseated?"
Roy place a hand
on Marve's exposed stomach, feeling for any indication of
tightening involuntary muscles. "Not yet.
He's not down very deep pressure
wise past your eighty systolic pulse location estimate. His shorts
are still dry."
"Let's keep him on his back then." Gage agreed with a nod.
he did was reach for the plastic wrapped yellow shock sheet Kelly
had strapped into the empty stokes.
"How's he doing?" Chet said, passing off another extra air bottle to Roy from
his free shoulder.
DeSoto grabbed Chet's arm and helped him out of the ladder
"He's breathing. Got a little
too much smoke we're guessing. He hasn't started
coughing yet using his cleaner air." Roy told him,
hooking a thumb over to the
scba mask strapped over Marve's face. "No injuries."
"Guess we won't be needing this then." said Chet, tossing a disposable |
cervical collar over the
side of the tower rail. He shouted into his radio.
"Heads up! Debris coming down!" he warned the firefighters
make 'em smile and tell how good our victim's save status is."
"I always aim to please." gulped Chet. "Did you hear on Tach One? Nine's
up now along with our buddy tank number twelve. Foam's not
"We heard the tactics
change from the chief. What's our escape route?"
Johnny asked Kelly.
Chet rapped a few knuckles
on the side of the tower meaningfully.
"What?! Chet, you're kidding me. There are no lights on
of there. They've cut all the power. How are we gonna be able to see
the ladder rungs well
enough to climb both us and him down out
"Chief said we can feel our way down
using our feet as testers easily
enough with him strung from a central pulley off an eyebeam somewhere."
"That's insane. Nobody thought to bring up any flashlights." Johnny
look. It'll be no sweat, man. We're not gonna be groping around
very far. There's a small internal
room about twenty feet beneath us that
serves Arco's HVAC as a utility space next to the drawing
that's got a tunnel access that lets out onto the highway. The tower crew's
our way down's only a little like a missile silo." he offered in
"Just great. The only escape option made available to us is a
vertical." Gage complained. "Roy, remind me
later about why I joined the fire department, would ya?"
Chet shrugged as he helped Roy lift Marve into the empty stokes in order
to strap him in. "We
gotta have somewhere to go to get away from all
this heat should we have to. It's better than inviting
a victim barbeque
lowering Marve here down on a rope along the outside. He'll bake.
You know that.
You saw all those flames. They're probably already
coming our way and licking this tower as we speak."
"Fine. Fine." said Gage. "Let's go. The sooner we all leave, the happier
I'll be. I'd rather keep
thinking about that Snicker's bar I left sitting on the
squad's dashboard than dwell on how many
ways we all might get blown
up into a million pieces."
"Nice carrot reward, Johnny." Roy quipped.
"If I get down there first
ahead of you, can I have it? I'm starving."
"Would you just shut
up and go grab Marve's foot end." Johnny growled
hefting up the head of their victim's stokes. Already,
he could feel the
day's crushing bone aching fatigue, settling in.
"Anything you say." Roy
Kelly got to work piling the three extra air bottles and the drug box
in between Marve's
shock tarp covered legs.
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