As I'm driving down Rt. 46 to Home Depot we get paged out to a car fire on Kipp Ave. We're busy Scotting up when we pull up behind the house where the car is. The car happens to be next to a white fence in someone's back yard. I hear screaming on the radio really loud as the Captain of another engine company is yelling "I NEEEED WATER NOWWW." It so happens their engine was nearly out of water when they pulled up but instead of waiting, they still stretched a line and tried to do what they could.
It still amazes me at how excited even some of these seasoned men can get at a car fire. Unless a car is against a building or other exposure, and unless there's someone trapped inside, there is NEVER a time for excitement in a car fire. By the time we get there and start putting water on it, it will always be past the point of being totalled anyway. There is no saving a car in a fire and no point to get people hurt trying.
Hearing a Captain screaming at the top of his lungs like that, seeing the panic in his face, and watching him yell at someone later to get a saw to cut the hood is disheartening to see. We're supposed to look at these older guys for guidance and to keep us new guys calm, not to get us ralled up for no reason.
...and to think, this guy wants to run for chief next year...