TheBattalion.tv Firefighter Series - Fire, EMS, Rescue, Training

Ground breaking a new station, riding EMS calls, catch a fire

100% Volunteers from Kentland. They live and breath the-job and high call volume.

We started filming with the San Francisco Fire Department in 2003. It was our fight against prime-time television that drove us to the Internet. In 2007 we launched our series thinking it would only be one or two videos. In those days, you could put short videos on AOL, Google and Yahoo...then came this. This is the very first Battalion Series webisode. In those days we were only able to film until 11:00PM. It starts with the crews checking the rigs and the medical supplies, and an EMS call comes in. The engine company responds.

Division - Station , Overcast; Shift change, morning meeting, and breakfast. A call comes in – it's smoke showing inside a Bank of America on Columbus.

Firefighter/engineer Chris Garcia's family drops by for Easter Sunday with their Day. The guys are in the kitchen cooking up lunch when a call comes. They are down the pole and onto the rig and they arrive on scene to a shooting. The police had been in a pursuit of some gangsters in a black SUV. They found them, gave them a spin, and had to shoot. The guy they shoot is suspected to be a killer. Next up, a vehicle accident. Night falls and a call comes in for a commercial structure fire; Eng. 3's "A" Shift is 1st in on a Antique Store owned by a hoarder.

Station 33, 1:30AM – it's a quiet moment. They just finished cleaning the bay. Fire Chief Tony Kelleher sits in the Day Room watching television with the guys, it's sounds like it's been a busy day.

Station 12, Firefighter DeWhitt behind the wheel arrives on scene of a medical call -- every medical is dangerous in San Francisco. Plus, the need for commercial building inspections for dangerous substance or building code violations.

This 24/7 starts with roll-call at Station 17, this roll-call includes Deputy Chief Whiting, now the Assistant Chief. The Columbus Fire Department maintains the hydrants so seasonally, twice a year, they all must be tested, maintained or reported for service. Next, a tour of the Rescue rig with one of the technicians, he shows us the tools they use. Next, we ride on Engine 17 to a vehicle fire, it's blazing, then, a man down on a bike, then they catch another call, busy station.

Riding with Paul, the call; a vehicle accident

Riding with the crew on Engine 54 as we arrive on-scene

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