All the Noise  

HotTXpussy4U 49F
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1/20/2006 9:51 am

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All the Noise

As I sit here in my hotel room working (blogging, whatever)..I hear so many things. One of the most common here in New Orleans are the fire engines.

Many times every day - I hear them go by, blaring their sirens. In the city with so many buildings, everything echos for long distances..I always wonder where they are going. What disasterous event has happened that they must be summoned.

Doing the business that I do, and doing it all over the country - these are sounds I've become accustomed to...and probably tune out more than I hear.

But every so often - - I notice that the sounds of the engines..seem to be coming closer. I never worry unless I hear them stop so near. Yes, on occasion I have seen fires in the buildings next to me - - I'm as curious as the next person I guess. So I sit and watch out my window. I'm always amazed at how fast they respond, how quick they move and get set-up...what would we do without these brave and wonderful men and women who risk their lives with every call?

Only moments ago..I heard the engines..coming closer and closer...then stopped. OH Lord, they sound like they are in front of my hotel..I can feel the vibrations of their engines..and I am on the 9th floor. So once again, I go to my window to see what I can see.

6 engines total - this can not be good. I can't get a great view..wonder if I should be worried. I move some furniture around and find myself standing in a most precarious position - leaning on my window glass. LORD, please do not let me fall through the window..there is no one down there to catch me!

I see all the movement...but now there are no sirens. They stay only a minute..the lights still flashing. Now they are on the move - apparently need to turn around and go where, I do not know.

As I watched..I was stunned at what I saw - - as each engine worked to make the u-turn in one big motion...the TRAFFIC would NOT stop. I couldn't believe my eyes!!! It was obvious things were a miss and these guys needed to get somewhere. All those cars...after engine would make it's turn around..they would all just smoosh in between as fast as they could. WTF?????

Are people in such a hurry that they do not have time to wait 2 minutes while these men go and do what they are trained to do? What if it were their families and friends that were in peril somewhere..who need our FD's help. Where do these people get-off, cutting off the fire engines and medical assistance...just so they could get a few more feet a little faster.

I've seen too much in my lifetime..and with this job I guess. From the events of 9/11 to the hurricanes here in New Orleans. For me, they have my utmost respect...and if/when I see them during a call - I pull over, stop and wait. They put their lives out there selflessly..and deserve the respect to be able to do their job.


gnr8nrg 47M

1/20/2006 4:06 pm

My Dad is a chief, so was his Dad, my brother was a volunteer, and 3 of my high school friends are all firemen. I never wanted to be one because I'm rebellious, but they have always had my respect. I've seen what an engine can do at full speed to a car that doesn't get out of the way. It's not pretty and creates problems for everybody.

HotTXpussy4U 49F

1/21/2006 6:22 pm

I can only hope that someday - they "get it"...without losing life or limb. Hugs to you and your family for faithfully serving/supporting in a field that does not continue to get the respect it deserves.

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