Went on air for the first time
by, 07-11-2011 at 01:49 PM (1309 Views)
So yesterday was turning out to be a typical sunday, did some shopping at costco, saw some friends in the afternoon and was getting ready to sign on to play some project reality, upon seeing that the Sunday night PW was making an appearance. It has been waaaaaaaaaaay too long since I have played in one of those. Sunday PW events have always been my fav, and I was ready to get into some good pw gaming.
Literally just as I typed in the PW and was about to hit deploy my pager went off.
Type: Alarm, Resd
MSG: Cottage Smoke Alarm
ppm = parts per million
Showed up at the residence, which let me tell you was pretty snazzy, it has to be pretty snazzy considering the cottage wasn't the primary residence. The cottage also housed a very nice 57 chevy convertible. and was a 3 level cottage - basement, 1st and 2nd floor.
So, I geared up, walked over to the rig stationed, grabbed a radio, grabbed a air pack, put my ID tags on the rig (Air pack number + Personal ID Tag), and walked over to where the Chief and other FF's were.
Two FF's were dispatched with checking the basement, and then went on air after the Gas meter was showing more than 50 ppm of Carbon Monoxide. They vacated the basement and then upon going on air went back downstairs to investigate.
All of a sudden i hear "Gross, Fumigalli", I turned my head, and walked over. Shea and I were tasked with checking the first and second floor of the cottage residence.
We entered thru the front door of the cottage, got minimial readings on the first floor (9 ppm was the highest in the ground floor bathroom), and we then proceeded to the second floor.
There immediately the meter was reading higher ratings, 10 ppm, 17, ppm as we made our way to the back bedroom, upon doing a sweep and searched around the kitchen area Shea told me to radio in 30 ppm (I was checking in with Command throughout, I have realized that I tend to say "roger that" and other little military jargon words).
Upon radioing in 30 ppm the Chief/Command radioed back "Go on Air."
I immediately thought to myself, "Whoa, holy ****" turned on my air pack, I took off my glasses placed them on the kitchen counter, took my helmet off, took the mask out of the cover baggy thing, and put the mask on.
- The mask was connected to the regulator, and I did do this incorrectly, I should have disconnected the regulator, put the mask on, tighten the straps,put my hand over the entrance to create suction, put the hood over the mask to make sure everything was covered and then once that was done put on the helmet and then connect the regulator to the mask.
I think due to asked with going on air for the first time ever on a real call and the nervousness attached to it made me do it the wrong way. - Nervousness with the fact that the Carbon Monoxide levels were high enough for us to be asked to go "On Air".
I will say, and I am not going to defend myself, but since I have gotten a really short hair cut and not having a huge head I was able to put the mask on, didn't have to tighten anything at all really and put the hood over my head in less than 3 seconds, thus not having any air leak out, and it also shows that the masks used for training are not like the ones used in real life. Immediately I had suction, no air was leaking and everything was going according to plan.
So there Shea and I were, checking the levels, while on air.
We were then tasked with opening up all the windows and doors we could on the first and second floors, so we could start to vent.
Upon completing this, with the levels going down, we were then tasked with closing all the windows and doors and exiting the cottage.
Let me clarify that I was starting to sweat before being asked to go into the house, upon entering the house I started to sweat more, once I went on air, I could see my mask starting to not so much fog up, but I could see bits of sweat forming, and I could feel sweat dripping down the back of my neck.
So I have come to the conclusion lately that I sweat a lot!!!!
/End Side Note
Upon exiting, we took our masks off, kept the pack on, and checked in.
We were instructed to wait a few, and then go back in and check the levels.
In the end everything was fine, the levels dropped immediately and the FF's in the basement also had similar results.
Con Ed - local Electric/gas company was called to the scene.
Once Con Ed was called and arrived we were clear to go.
It was very interesting going on air during a CO call, the scary thing about CO is that you can't smell or taste it, and it's also nice when you know someone is watching out for you on the outside and making the safety call.
Afterwards I got home, and had to take a shower immediately and do laundry, even wearing shorts and a tshirt there was a lot of sweat.
So I didn't make it to the PW event, but I got to use the training I learned and have been practicing in the real world.