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I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns.
I wish you could comprehend a wife’s horror at 6 in the morning as I check her husband of 40 years for a pulse and find none. I start CPR anyway, hoping to bring him back, knowing intuitively it is too late. But wanting his wife and family to know everything possible was done to try to save his life.
I wish you knew the unique smell of burning insulation, the taste of soot-filled mucus, the feeling of intense heat through your turnout gear, the sound of flames crackling, the eeriness of being able to see absolutely nothing in dense smoke-sensations that I’ve become too familiar with.
I wish you could read my mind as I respond to a building fire “Is this a false alarm or a working fire? How is the building constructed? What hazards await me? Is anyone trapped?” Or to an EMS call, “What is wrong with the patient? Is it minor or life-threatening? Is the caller really in distress or is he waiting for us with a 2×4 or a gun?”
I wish you could be in the emergency room as a doctor pronounces dead the beautiful five-year old girl that I have been trying to save during the past 25 minutes, who will never go on her first date or say the words, “I love you Mommy” again.
I wish you could know the frustration I feel in the cab of the engine, the driver with his foot pressing down hard on the pedal, my arm tugging again and again at the air horn chain, as you fail to yield the right-of-way at an intersection or in traffic. When you need us however, your first comment upon our arrival will be, “It took you forever to get here!” I wish you could know my thoughts as I help extricate a girl of teenage years from the remains of her automobile. “What if this was my daughter, sister, my best friend? What were are her parents reactions going to be when they open the door to find a police officer with hat in hand?”
I wish you could know how it feels to walk in the back door and greet my parents and family, not having the heart to tell them that I nearly did not come back from the last call.
I wish you could feel the hurt as people verbally, and sometimes physically, abuse us or belittle what I do, or as they express their attitudes of “It will never happen to me.” or “That is such an easy job!”
I wish you could realize the physical, emotional and mental drain or missed meals, lost sleep and forgone social activities, in addition to all the tragedy my eyes have seen.
I wish you could know the brotherhood and self-satisfaction of helping save a life or preserving someone’s property, or being able to be there in time of crisis, or creating order from total chaos.
I wish you could understand what it feels like to have a little boy tugging at your arm and asking, “Is Mommy okay?” Not even being able to look in his eyes without tears from your own and not knowing what to say. Or to have to hold back a long time friend who watches his buddy having CPR done on him as they take him away in the Medic Unit.It’s a sensation that I have become too familiar with.
Unless you have lived with this kind of life, you will never truly understand or appreciate who I am, we are, and what our job really means to us…I wish you could though.
Author: Kurt Kamm
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Anyone who currently lives in the Union Road Fire District needs to cal their insurance company and advise them of our ISO ratings change. Our rating has dropped from a 5/9E to a 4/9E. This could save you a lot of money! If they have any questions please have them contact the fire department.
I want to thank everyone who helped with our ISO inspection. We were trying to achieve an ISO class 5/9 but in true Union Road VFD fashion we did better than we were hoping for. Our new ISO class rating is a 4/9!!! all the guys at the station put in a lot of time and hard work to achieve this! also we could not have do this without the help of our neighboring departments New Hope VFD, Crowders Mountain Fire And Rescue and Bethel FD of York County SC. who supply us with tankers a...
We would like to congratulate Justin Westbrook, David Steel, Josh Duncan and John Glennon on there promotion to firefighter. All of these guys has put in a lot of time and effort in to this achievement. They have proven they have what it takes to be a good firefighter and a great addition to Union Road VFD. Thanks guys for all your hard work.
On Thursday 09/11/2014, The Union Road Volunteer Fire Department will be remembering our 343 Brother Firefighters of the FDNY who put the lives of others ahead of their own and made the ultimate sacrifice on that tragic day. The day’s events are open the General Public and are summarized as follows:· At 06:30, we will raise our Nation’s Flag to Half-Mast , followed immediately by a memorial ceremony and ...
URVFD would like to welcome its 2 new members Gavin McCaslin and Justin Westbrook.
Union Road is pleased to announce it has placed an order for a new engine to replace the aging 511, the old 511 has been a great truck and continues to out preform most trucks it's age, but in looking into the future of fire protection for our district the department felt a new apparatus was needed that can better assist in providing the best possible fire protection to our residents. The new Engine 511 is being built by Marion, It has a Spartan cab and chassis...
Its that time of year once again to go out to schools, day cares and Churches to talk about Fire Prevention. That's right Fire Prevention week is upon us, coming up October 6th-12th 2013. Members of the Union Road VFD will once again be going out to some of our local schools and other venues to talk with students and adults as well about Preventing Fires in your house and work place. Remember to dial 911 for any and all EMERGENCY'S.
NEVER FORGET 911 Memorial Ceremony Wednesday 11 September 2013 is the 12th anniversary of the cowardly acts of Terrorism that forever changed the lives of ALL Americans and ended the lives of 343 Brother Firefighters of the FDNY. To help us REMEMBER these events, and more importantly, our Fallen Brothers, the Members of the Union Road Fire Department with gather at Station 51, located at 4060 Union Road, Gastonia NC at 06:00 for fellowship. At 06:30 our annual ceremony of rem...
A live burn will be conducted on May 18th. We will meet at the station at 4 pm to get started and will have dinner about 5 pm. The first fire should be about 7 pm. There will be a pre-burn safety meeting on May 16th at 7 pm at the station. There is also a sign up sheet at the station for all that plan on attending. Please sign up as soon as possible so we can get a headcount on who will be attending. Thanks 5100
The Ladies Auxiliary hosted the department's 5th Tuesday Night Cookout on April 30th, at the station. They also surprised the chief with an "you're older than dirt" birthday party for his 40th birthday. The chief was very surprised and feels that revenge is a dish best served cold. He also thanks everyone that came out or supported the cookout and party.
The Union Road VFD Ladies Auxiliary participated in this year's Relay for Life at Forestview High School. The ladies provided baked goods to raise money for cancer research. The ladies did an awesome job at raising over $216 for the Relay for Life. Although the auxiliary was just started they have hit the ground running. In March they did an Easter Egg hunt and cookout for the kids, Relay for Life and our 5th Tuesday night cookout for the members of the station in April and will have ...
Brothers, Saturday 04 May 2013 is this year's date for the NC Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Raleigh. As we have each year since the inception of this event, the URVFD will be attending to show our respects to our Fallen Brothers and their families. If you have been to this event in the past I am sure you will want to attend again. If you have never attended, your Officers strongly urge you to do so as it is an experience you will not ...
I wish you could know what it is like to search a burning bedroom for trapped children at 3 AM, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns. I wish you could comprehend a wife’s horror at 6 in the morning as I check her husband of 40 years for a pulse and find none. I start CPR anyway, hoping to bring him back, knowing intuitively it is too late. But wanting his wife and family to know everyt...
19 entries in the News