By Leoni Munslow, The Guardian:
Roll call. We are given our jobs for the shift. Each day is planned but everything can change when we receive an emergency call.
We do drills practising different real-life scenarios. We use blindfolds, because it can be difficult to see if you’re in a fire. Sometimes the smoke is so thick we can’t check the gauge on our breathing apparatus to see how much air we’ve got left. If you’re going into a big fire, there is an adrenaline rush because it is unpredictable. It can be scary – I think anyone who says it’s not is putting on a brave front.
We carry out free home fire safety visits in our community. The target is to get working smoke alarms in every home. It still surprises and frustrates me that many people take them down because they go off too much. It’s such a small thing that saves lives – a lot of casualties I see are because there wasn’t a fire alarm.
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