My husband Steve currently works for Con Fire and is the fire inspector for the majority of East County. Previously, my husband was the fire chief at Onizuka AFB in Sunnyvale.
Typically, the majority of firefighters are very close-mouthed about the heroic things that they do every day. To them, it’s their job; they aren’t out there bragging and posing in front of the camera – they just want to get the job done and make sure that everyone is able to get out and get home safely to their loved ones.
As a spouse, I have on many occasions wanted to point out and jump up and down telling everyone about the fantastic and wonderful things that they do every day. My husband, the majority of the time, makes me sit down.
This time, with the future of ECCFPD in jeopardy, I wanted to take the time to tell you about a call that recently came into Station 54. Dean Miller and Bill Scott were two of the East County firefighters that responded. The call was for a “fainting” incident in the new Brentwood City Hall. Dean and Bill responded to the call over at City Hall, and when they arrived, the woman had not fainted, she was actually not breathing and had no pulse. Dean and Bill were able to resuscitate her and she was transported to a local hospital, where she was apparently released after two days.
If Measure S does not pass and Station 54 is closed, the chances are that this woman would not be checking out of the hospital within two days. The likelihood that this woman’s family would be planning a different kind of service would be the reality.
Honestly, I don’t think that these guys get enough credit for what they do every day. I hope that in your fire department series, you can take some time and mention these stories so that people stop and consider what station closures and response times really mean.
When your child is not breathing, or there is a serious accident, or stations get multiple calls … it matters.
I will now get off my soap box.