Antarctic Fire Department

Hey y’all –

Hope everyone at home is doing well.  Things have been exciting over the past week.  On Wednesday and Thursday this week, the FD had a few fire drills and I was lucky to be able to go out and take pictures during the first one.

Personally, I don’t know how these guys do it.  It takes a lot to be a fire fighter in “the real world” and down here things are completely different.  Sure we don’t have a lot of hazards that are in other areas, but we do have our own special things to consider.  Number one, it is incredibly windy here so fires could spread quickly.  Number two, it is incredibly dry here, so putting out fires is a challenge.  Also, when it comes to victim recovery, they have to be careful that they don’t do anything to worsen the condition of the victim (i.e. leaving them exposed to the outside elements).  Overall, things here are a challenge.  But our guys are up to the task.

I’m thankful that we haven’t had any actual fires yet, but here are some pictures from the drill that we had on 09/28/11.

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Published by Victoria

After 29 years of living in hot and humid south east Georgia, I decided to embark on a new adventure that led me to Antarctica. After 27 months of working on the Ice (not consistently, I had a four month break in between) I returned home and back to my old 911 center. After a year of restlessness, I embarked on another new adventure. I now live, work and play in the Cayman Islands as a 911 dispatcher. Fast forward three years! I'm headed back down to the ice!

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