Our Department was training a a burn building. The intent was to get Probie Firefighters the experiece of actually watching the development of a fire inside a building. After a successful burn, the probationary firefighters that were learning left the building while other firefighters went in to clean up. As the clean up commenced on firefighter with a small booster line that had been used to wash away debris pointed the line out the window to start start a small waterfight with the firefighters on the ground. The other firefighters laughed an carried on with the work. As I, and six other firefighters were in the building finsihing up, there was suddenly a loud roar and the whole concrete building shook. Water flooded in the building. After about a minute the water stopped flowing. I heard a loud shout, ran outside and saw one firefighter clutching his face bloud pouring out his eye. Apparently, a LT and a FF pointed a deck gun at the building and opened it up full boar. The water hit a metal shutter which than struck the FF, breaking his orbital bone, causing severe if temporary damage to his eye. The two firefighters involved recieved a two week suspension, which convintly ened in tome for the yearly company elections, where both of them won positions by default. The LT kept his Lt position, and the FF moved up to the stations only Captain.
DO NOT POINT DECK GUNS AT PEOPLE!!!! I always thought that was common sense, however it seems apparent that not everyone, even fire line officers know that. Furthermore, the Chief of the departments, and the Chiefs of Union Fire, the department that owns the burn building were not contancted, and not aware of what happend for some time.