Oak Ridge Fire Department

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Edwin

Nashville, TN

#1 Feb 8, 2008
First off, I admit should my Family, myself, or anyone deserving of medical attention should be assisted in a timely, professional, and decicated manner.
What I do not understand is the in my opinion undue and uncalled for diligence when responding to certain calls.
ORFD has been known to arrive at alledged dog bites with as much as 10 personnel, 5 trucks including a ladder truck and traveling at speeds perilous to all citizens and themselves.
I personally have witnessed this and wonder. The ole Callahan Towers is a daily times 3 event. Ah, British Woods demands a call or three on regular schedule.
Does everyone agree? I know we need emergency personnel, although do we need adrenaline junkies endangering the welfare of citizens.
One would think fire fighters could analyze nature, severity, and diligence needed for individual calls. Is there any need for break neck speeds after call has been declared non-emergency, or initially on what is routine?
Uncle Vito

Nashville, TN

#2 Feb 8, 2008
Is it just me, or does it seem like the number of fire vs. police personnel in Oak Ridge is way out of whack. The police force is way understaffed, while, as the blogger above points out, there seems to be a huge fire presence. Given the lack of major fires in Oak Ridge (has there ever even been one?), why is this so? ANy takers?
Flyer

Paducah, KY

#3 Feb 9, 2008
Maybe you should address your concerns with the Administration, instead of bashing the firefighters. By them doing their jobs, I believe it is alittle uncalled for to call them "adreneline junkies." Also, if you had a clue of emergency services, very little is "routine."

Also, your dog bite scenario is alittle exhagerated and overly dramatic.
Edwin wrote:
First off, I admit should my Family, myself, or anyone deserving of medical attention should be assisted in a timely, professional, and decicated manner.
What I do not understand is the in my opinion undue and uncalled for diligence when responding to certain calls.
ORFD has been known to arrive at alledged dog bites with as much as 10 personnel, 5 trucks including a ladder truck and traveling at speeds perilous to all citizens and themselves.
I personally have witnessed this and wonder. The ole Callahan Towers is a daily times 3 event. Ah, British Woods demands a call or three on regular schedule.
Does everyone agree? I know we need emergency personnel, although do we need adrenaline junkies endangering the welfare of citizens.
One would think fire fighters could analyze nature, severity, and diligence needed for individual calls. Is there any need for break neck speeds after call has been declared non-emergency, or initially on what is routine?
Insider trading

Knoxville, TN

#4 Feb 12, 2008
I personally witnessed the ORFD respond to some sort of call wherein a lady had threatened suicide on one of the "W" streets, and apparently wouldn't open the door for the law. ORFD responded with no less than 5 fire vehicles, some sort of "heavy rescue" vehicle that probably cost millions of dollars, and no less than 15 fireman. They came running at that house carrying axes, and all kinds of desctructive tools, like MMCOR was on fire and patients were jumping off the roof to escape the flames. By the time they were through with that house, they was a very large hole in the front, where in a door used to stand. It was so bad they had to send out for plywood to board up the large hole.
I agree with Edwin , these guys are overly charged adrenaline junkies, and it is really surpising that they haven't hit and killed someone while responding at break neck speeds to these insignificant calls. After all, you can't really stop one of those engine trucks on a dime, can you?
CHILL OUT ORFD !!!
bettyboop

San Francisco, CA

#5 Feb 12, 2008
Edwin wrote:
First off, I admit should my Family, myself, or anyone deserving of medical attention should be assisted in a timely, professional, and decicated manner.
What I do not understand is the in my opinion undue and uncalled for diligence when responding to certain calls.
ORFD has been known to arrive at alledged dog bites with as much as 10 personnel, 5 trucks including a ladder truck and traveling at speeds perilous to all citizens and themselves.
I personally have witnessed this and wonder. The ole Callahan Towers is a daily times 3 event. Ah, British Woods demands a call or three on regular schedule.
Does everyone agree? I know we need emergency personnel, although do we need adrenaline junkies endangering the welfare of citizens.
One would think fire fighters could analyze nature, severity, and diligence needed for individual calls. Is there any need for break neck speeds after call has been declared non-emergency, or initially on what is routine?
I guess you have not read about how dog bites can lead to deaths uh? 911 calls are usually called in by hysterical bystanders so it is never really known how serious a situation is, our dispatchers are probably lucky just to get the address of where the situation is going on much less the severity of it! Until you have lived it, don't judge about the emergency response of our fire department. Go live in the county where you depend on volunteer fire departments, where someone may respond or they may not!!!
Edwin

Knoxville, TN

#6 Feb 12, 2008
bettyboop and flyer get real. Enlighten us on dog bites leading to death, boop.
Insider trading

Knoxville, TN

#7 Feb 12, 2008
Bettyboop,

Cmon, hon....it sounds like you might be or have had some experience with emergency communications. Well, so have I...I worked in that field starting out as dispatcher for a number of years before moving onto E-911 director for Palm Beach Co Fl., then retiring to my current field. i have nothing but respect for most of the public safety professionals...police, fire, and EMS. But, nowhere in the country have I seen the kind of response that ORFD runs on a day in and day out basis. It's very, very much overkill...you see, I also occasionally monitor the public safety net, and I am aware of the calls they are responding to. Like when they are told "non emergency", do they slow down ? Hell no....

Edwin is right, the numerous daily runs to British Woods that they know is gonna be a false alarm,...do they respond accordingly ?Of course not, they run at Mach5 to get there.

I just hope its not my family or someone close friends that gets hit by these adrenaline junkies, cause it's gonna happen, its just a matter of time. Surprisingly, it hasn't happended before now.
Edwin

Knoxville, TN

#8 Feb 13, 2008
Insider, I fully agree and it seems you have tons of experience.
Fire467

Knoxville, TN

#9 Nov 14, 2008
Edwin wrote:
What I do not understand is the in my opinion undue and uncalled for diligence when responding to certain calls.
Should you awaken one night to find flames outside your bedroom door, I'm sure these "adrenaline junkies" would be the best thing that has ever come into your world.
FF's are trained to respond to ALL calls with the same diligence. You don't know what the actual situation is until you get there. But what you do know is that someone has called 911, and that in itself means that help is needed.
If I ever call 911, I will want someone there quickly, and I don't care if they send half of the town.
Geez

Knoxville, TN

#10 Nov 14, 2008
Fire467 wrote:
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Should you awaken one night to find flames outside your bedroom door, I'm sure these "adrenaline junkies" would be the best thing that has ever come into your world.
FF's are trained to respond to ALL calls with the same diligence. You don't know what the actual situation is until you get there. But what you do know is that someone has called 911, and that in itself means that help is needed.
If I ever call 911, I will want someone there quickly, and I don't care if they send half of the town.
AMEN! Thank you.
Captain EMoc

Murfreesboro, TN

#11 Mar 25, 2009
Edwin wrote:
First off, I admit should my Family, myself, or anyone deserving of medical attention should be assisted in a timely, professional, and decicated manner.
What I do not understand is the in my opinion undue and uncalled for diligence when responding to certain calls.
ORFD has been known to arrive at alledged dog bites with as much as 10 personnel, 5 trucks including a ladder truck and traveling at speeds perilous to all citizens and themselves.
I personally have witnessed this and wonder. The ole Callahan Towers is a daily times 3 event. Ah, British Woods demands a call or three on regular schedule.
Does everyone agree? I know we need emergency personnel, although do we need adrenaline junkies endangering the welfare of citizens.
One would think fire fighters could analyze nature, severity, and diligence needed for individual calls. Is there any need for break neck speeds after call has been declared non-emergency, or initially on what is routine?
Edwin, I just came across this site and felt I needed to address your concerns. Just in case someone looks at your post and thinks you're educated on these matters. First, I am a Captain with the ORFD. The buildings you refer to in your post are called Target Hazards. They have the potential for large losses of life. They require a quick and large force just in case. We have had fires in these buildings before. This includes a fatality at British Woods. The last fire was New Years Day. As far as sending a commercial assignment to an EMS call. This is very unlikely. You will get an ALS Engine maybe a light rescue and a medic unit. So if you have questions ask the firefighters. Educate yourself.

“The Blaze is my Hero”

Since: May 07

Mother Russia

#12 Mar 25, 2009
Way to go cap, you get em!
yo mama

Lenoir City, TN

#13 Mar 27, 2009
The ORPD is very understaffed. They also need to have a force that is not all white and maybe one or two minorities. I have no opinion on the FD, I would say some people should be glad they can even respond timely. In my old state/town the wait was dangerously long.
The Facts

Nashville, TN

#14 Jul 9, 2009
To yo mama-

Maybe if the minorities could pass a test then they could be hired !!!!!!
Joe Campbell

Knoxville, TN

#15 Jul 19, 2009
First off I am Glad Our Fire Department Responds as quickly as they do. Second I Can Not See How A Threat Of SUICIDE Is An Insignifigant call. 911 Is an emergency number for a reason. If I call 911 I want them blaring down the street like they always do. GOD Bless Our Brave Fire Fighters of Oak Ridge.
Joe Campbell

Knoxville, TN

#16 Jul 19, 2009
also there have been lots of fires, Like the church by Blankenship? that took a couple days to put out. Also they have the National lab and the plants to protect.
Fyrmedic

Oak Ridge, TN

#17 Feb 1, 2010
Joe Campbell wrote:
also there have been lots of fires, Like the church by Blankenship? that took a couple days to put out. Also they have the National lab and the plants to protect.
All little miss information, ORNL and Y12 have their own fire departments. The city covers only the city and ETTP (AKA the old K25, which is being torn down.
JoC

Franklin, TN

#18 Apr 27, 2010
Fyrmedic wrote:
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All little miss information, ORNL and Y12 have their own fire departments. The city covers only the city and ETTP (AKA the old K25, which is being torn down.
ETTP is actually being built not torn down, only K25 is being torn Down. And if a Emergency at the lab is Big enough they will respond to help with the emergency efforts.
Dirt Man

Hodgenville, KY

#19 Apr 27, 2010
Edwin man, I'm Ol school and if you lived back in the 60's you should no it is all the government and getting your taxes higher each year. anyone know's it don't take all that OR has just for a small fender bender or something i think you all get the point. now i do give them credit they are fast to respond but it is like after they get there they are worried they might not get seen by someone they no that passes by and is out at the trucks with the lights still flashing,in the road looking around and might be talking to someone, kinda like look at me im here to save the day..., or look at me yeah i no you and then later there girlie friends call and can say in a sweet voice "i seen you on a call was anyone hurt" and you can put the rest together but hell no they wasn't the eme. officer's that stayed on the call that long was hoping for that to happen so they can work there sly over slow chicks that think they are the only one this happens to. DUH........wake up ladies go out with a true guy that dont work for the man and want to raise all sorts of taxes cause the more trucks and personal they send to the calls that are just big enough to send a regular eme. truck and maybe a city officer for what unknown drug crazed reason that might happen because safety first and that is for real stuff it does need to be first no matter the reason or what bad sores any of us have towards them because they are here to help and do at times...BUT turn off the flashing lights and put the big red trucks up and quit costing us tax payers money cause you need a date. you cant pick them up in the big red truck you use at work and if you do then we are the one's getting screwed that night not you because we just had to fork out more tax money for fuel and overhead cost. come on Jim help me out on this your a cool cat
yep

Antioch, TN

#20 Apr 29, 2010
The Facts wrote:
To yo mama-
Maybe if the minorities could pass a test then they could be hired !!!!!!
I know quite a few who have but out of 200 applicants they only hire
ONE person.

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