1. RustyRatRod

    RustyRatRod I was born on a Monday. Not last Monday. FABO Gold Member

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    Wish you had more time when you come through Macon. Tell your son happy birthday.
     
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      I can see the smoke from my porch Camp Bullis is a few miles away from me. There is usually a car cruise right there on Main Street not too many Mopars if any.
       
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      Ken Curtis was from around McGregor
       
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      Let me know when your done. Working I’ll send a PM.
       
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      Got our asses handed to us tonight.
      This was right before that happened.


      The popping sounds are unexplored ordinance. The demolition range is within the fire perimeter.
       
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        There are so many hazards that aren't the fire. Trees, vehicles, and like you show, unexploded ordinance. A good reminder for new guys and experienced fellas that might be complacent, that situational awareness must ALWAYS be maintained. But I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.
         
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        Situational Awareness should be applied everyday by everyone too. In all situations. I was very surprised leased to hear about a thing called SA Academy. It’s a program ran by a former LEO and some educator types that is delivered to kids.
        It’s basically just being aware of your surroundings. Something that is becoming uncommon.
         
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          All my videos are just taken as we are rolling in to get in place to start holding for the burn operation. I don’t video or or anything when I need to have full 100% attention on the fire or when I’m engaging.
          Basically, we use our fire engine to make sure the fire that the lighters put on the ground doesn’t cross the road and into the unburied side of the road. We did get a huge spot fire that we had to take action on. The lighters had to stop burning because winds were too high. The spot fire was pretty big and in an area where we could mobile attack it. Mobile attack is when the engine drives along and the front and rear mobile attack hoses are used to spray water on the fire as the driver drives through it.
          Later on in the night we stepped in as the lighters and took our turn at burning out a section of the containment line.
          Started work at 0730 yesterday morning and got off the fire line at 0200 this morning. Got to sleep about 0300 and regrouping with my crew in a couple minutes at 1100 for another shift on this fire.
           
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            That’s pretty much all Camp bullies is for. Firing range. We installed a and welded a gate out there years ago and while digging an 11” post hole we hit 155mm shell unexploded. Very dangerous out there prayers rare with you guys.
             
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                I like the soundtrack!
                 
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                  Damn, you're strong!
                   
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                  He eats his Wheaties.

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                  I am back in San Diego. We drove to Dallas yesterday and did a crew swap. Left the engine and the new crew will do a 14 day assignment.
                  Here is a photo dump from the Camp Bullis fire.

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                              Diggin' this thread, thanks for sharing your adventures. Did you find out how many gallons that tender held? She's a biggun, I'd guess 3500ish?
                               
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                                We were filling up off of a Bexar County tender that was 3000 gallons. The tender in the photos is from the base, it's a DOD Air Force apparatus.

                                These photos are from the base's combat photographer. At the point at which the pics were taken I was just too busy to pull my phone out. I would like to get a different Go Pro and just put it on record.

                                I learned a few things in Texas. One is that you automatically consider the drip torch on almost every fire. In California it is more common to initially go for the hose lay on engines and when I was on the hotshot crew we would always take a drip torch but there are many more things to consider when you put fire on the ground.

                                The thing with TX is the grass fire can possibly out pace the fastest hose lay operation. Also, TX is a bunch of flat squares. You can put fire on the ground and in at least a mile section you've got a road you can back fire off of. The hills and drainages of California can create a rather uncontrollable situation if you were to put fire in the wrong location so terrain and wind has to be considered more.

                                Another is the volunteer fire departments can either be very professional or very very unsafe and rogue. Less of a unified command when the State or Feds pull on the scene of a local fire. There were a few times when some volunteers tried to put fire out that we were putting down. Then there are times when they want to put fire on the ground and it is absolutely not the right time or place. Standards aren't always practiced.

                                Anyway, it's good to be home and enjoying a few days off.
                                 
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                                  Good stuff! What kind of hours were you getting?
                                   
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                                  Haha! This was a serious let down. We were only getting 12’s. Typically we give/get 14’s for cover engines. 16’s on fires. Texas State Forest Service was who we were running times through and they would only authorize 12’s and 14 for fires.
                                  It sucks because we do 10 hour days at home so we only got two hours overtime on non-Fire days.
                                  For the Kings Ranch fire we got two full 14 hour OT days with Hazard Pay and the third day we went out to the line and immediately got released. No H. On a CalFire or USFS fire you get H pay in that situation.
                                  It will definitely be a good paycheck but in a different location we could have gotten 2 more hours OT everyday so we missed out on 16 hours OT. On the fire days we missed out on the hour before and after shift that accounts for drive time in and out.
                                  The extra pay is already spent on the ‘73 340 Duster and my D100. It’s amazing how when you get a certain distance to the finish line little things start popping up and costing a lot of money.
                                   
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