Fire Academy Class

True story, from the "S-133" class (Class title: "Look up, Look Down, Look All Around" and yes, that's the real name of the course) at the Sacramento Mountains Wildfire Academy.

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My buddy Norm, a veteran paramedic and firefighter, sends this report from his fire academy class:

Toward the end of the class today the instructor, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service as a hotshot and other wildland fire suppression efforts, said, "I don't know how you structural firefighters do what you do. As a wildland firefighter I wouldn't have the first clue how to fight a structure fire."

To which one of the volunteer structural firefighters responded, "We don't call you guys to help with a house fire because your first action would be to start a backfire in the living room."

It stopped the instructor in his tracks and brought the room down. It was almost two full minutes before we could resume class.

Posted March 28, 2011

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