The Rescue

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short story inspired by a 5 word challenge.

Submitted: June 16, 2008

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Submitted: June 16, 2008

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A Beautiful Day
by
Ted Quinn
 
 
“Well the weathermen were wrong again, it’s turning into a pretty nice day,” Fire Lieutenant Joseph James said as he walked out onto the apparatus floor.
His crew, George, Billy and Jimmy, were sitting on the wide bumper of Engine No. 7, commonly referred to as the porch.

  “I wish I had a job making that much money and screw up all the time,” John said.

“Yeah, instead you have this job and screw up all the time,” Billy said with a trace of sarcasms in his voice.

Looking who talking Curious George...” Just then the alert tone went off.

“Fire Alarm is receiving calls for a structure fire at 111 Main Street. Dispatching Car 2, Engines One, Three, Four and Ladder One.”

The boys jumped off the bumper and Lt. James stepped into his fire boots and pulled up the pants of his turn-out gear. “All right boys let’s saddle up. We’ll make our way downtown in case they need us.”

“Fire Alarm from Engine Four, we have heavy smoke and fire.”

“Fire Alarm this is Car 2, I have assumed Main Street command, strike a second alarm, we have heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor of an abandoned three-decker,”

“Fire Alarm, Engine 7 is on the air. We are responding to the second alarm.” Lt. James said as he keyed microphone of Engine Seven’s radio.

“So much for the beautiful day,” Billy spitted out as he got dressed and donned his SCBA.

The ride downtown seemed to take forever, with so much traffic at that time of day and the motorist not pulling over until the last possible minute.
“Fire Alarm, Engine seven is off at the scene, what are our orders.”

“Engine Seven, the deputy would is requesting that you acquire a new water supply for the ladder pipe and then take your crew to the alpha side of the fire building to stand by as the Rapid Intervention Crew.”

“Engine seven has that Fire Alarm,” Lt. James replied, “George tag that hydrant. We’ll help you drag the supply line down to the ladder truck. Billy, you and Jimmy grab the halagan bar, a pick head axe and a 10 foot hook.”
 
It was a still a beautiful day, weather wise, the sky an azure blue, but the smoke from the fire was being pushed down because of high wind, enveloping the crew working at the front of the building and it was hard to see. The sun was obscured by the smoke and only a few rays pushed through occasionally giving the scene an eerie look. This is going to be long day, the lieutenant was thinking. when all of a sudden all hell broke loose and the roof started to collapse.

“Fire Alarm, Fire Alarm, this is Main Street command, I am ordering everyone out of the building. We have a partial roof collapse and are going to a defensive attack,” the deputy said with panic in his voice.

“May Day, May Day, May Day. This is L-1, Captain Williams, I am somewhere on the third floor, I was working on the roof. I need assistance. My air tank is malfunctioning and I am trapped. I am activating my PASS device.”

“Fire Alarm, this is Main Street command. I have a trapped firefighter and sending in the RIC team.”

Lt. James and his crew were ready for action. They went in through the front door and up the stairwell. They encountered heavy smoke but surprisingly little fire along the way, until they reached the third floor. There were two doors as they open one the fire was rolling across the ceiling. They shut the door quickly. They could hear the PASS device making it shrilling high pitched alarm behind the other door.

“I think he’s in here,” said the lieutenant, “L-1, L-1, this is E-7 can you hear me.”

“I’m over here, Joe, hurry.”

Lt. James opened the door and smoke pour out. He attached a life-line to a carabineer on Jimmy and then he and Billy crawled in through the doorway working their way along the wall feeling and calling out “L-1…L-1.” Seconds seemed like minutes, but they soon found the trapped firefighter. One of the main beams had falling on him and fractured his leg. They removed the beam then converted his air pack and started to drag him out of the room following the life-line back out.

Once they made it down the stairs and out of the building the rest of the roof collapsed. Their job was done. They were spent. Captain Williams, and the three men that went in to save him, took a ride to the hospital to be checked out. They were all treated and released, with Captain Williams the only one sustaining any major injury, a fracture to the right femur. What started out as a pretty good day finished up with a beautiful day; everyone went home.


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