SFFD – The Best in the West

I found this video on youtube posted by SFirish06.  The title had me curious and I was looking for certain footage anyway so I watched.  This is a great video compilation featuring some neat footage.

Just a couple of points of interest before I let you watch.  At 2:10 you will see my classmate and co-worker Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Estrada fall victim to thousands of pounds of wall when trapped under a collapsing facade.  He survived and is still recovering from extensive leg injuries.  When this accident happened it was a topic of great discussion online and I was forced to remain silent since I was still anonymous.  I hope to interview Firefighter Estrada this year to get his first person account of this event.  And just another quick note, that hoseline he’s holding and moving like a garden hose is a 2 1/2″.

At 3:10 is the video I was looking for initially.  This is 1133 Mission street on the morning of December 17th, 2007.  Truck 1 has yet to stick the roof so I’m not there yet, but this is the fire I got hurt at.  Remember?

Enjoy the Best in the West, the San Francisco Fire Department:

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10 thoughts on “SFFD – The Best in the West”

  1. Great video! Really inspires me. Out of curiosity what were they using to put out the manhole fire? Looked like a salvage sheet (might have just made up my own name for a piece of equipment) almost?

      1. Thanks for answering the “noob” question. I looked it up in one of my text books too, then did a face palm after realizing I screwed up the name for salvage cover.

  2. Great video! Really inspires me. Out of curiosity what were they using to put out the manhole fire? Looked like a salvage sheet (might have just made up my own name for a piece of equipment) almost?

  3. Thanks for answering the “noob” question. I looked it up in one of my text books too, then did a face palm after realizing I screwed up the name for salvage cover.

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