One miss step On 12/07/06 my volunteer department responded to a shed on fire very near my work place. I was about the 2nd or third unit on scene, put my PPE on walked across the yard to a driveway. The shed was in the back yard and I had to step down off a 3 foot tall retaining wall at the edge of the drive to access the backyard. When I stepped down I stepped onto the side of a metal dog dish that was buried under some leaves immdeiatly snapping my right ankle. Well after surgery 8 screws and a plate and 3 long months I am just to the point of putting some weight on the ankle. The surgen says its one of the worst breaks he has seen and I am lucky to be walking at all.
You can’t take anything for granted on the fire scene. One miss step has caused me much pain and I may never be back to the point of interior firefighting again. Also wear all your PPE. The ER folks assured me that if it wasn’t for my bunker boots the fracture would have been a compound and alot worse.