Written & Published to raise funds for the UK’s FIRE FIGHTERS’ CHARITY.
“Look you lot! It could be three o’clock in the morning and you get turned out to a house fire that’s going from ‘arsehole to breakfast time’ and, mentally, you have to be prepared for it – even if you are thinking ‘What the fucking hell am I doing here?’ So, you need to switch your mindset from being fast asleep in a warm, toasty bed one minute, to being inside a bloody great, burning building searching for casualties on a Persons’ Reported the next. D’you think you’ve got the balls to do that?”
The Training Instructor’s question was rhetorical, as he was not expecting anyone to answer – because he already knew what we’d all say in unison. Yes, of course, we all had the balls to do it! It’s easy, we thought, as that’s why we’d joined the Retained Fire Service in the first place – memorising drills, throwing up ladders, wearing Breathing Apparatus (BA) a dozen times or more in different smoke house scenarios – left-hand search, right-hand search, snatch rescues, protracted composite drills, chemical incidents and, of course, using guidelines with branch lines attached – all so that we could have the chance to prove that we did have the guts to ‘get in there’ and save lives when we were called upon to do so…