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Well That Was Fun

After however many years of fire drills, we had an Actual Real Fire this time. The ground floor of the building is now flooded and the fire engines are packing up to leave.

As one of the company's "Deputy Fire Marshals," it's my job to go around kicking everybody out. During a drill, this is like pulling teeth; everyone wants to stay on the phone or keep typing away. But as soon as I say the magic words "Real fire, let's go!" people turn very pale and jump like jackalopes.

It's also my job to stay with anybody who can't get out for whatever reason (such as being wheelchair bound) and make sure the emergency guys get to us. Fortunately, a) nobody had this problem today, and b) the fire was very small and completely out by the time the suite was evacuated anyway. But we do have at least one person who physically cannot take the stairs, so if they had been in today, I would have had to attend to them.

Civic duty: I does mine.

-The Gneech


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Nov. 26th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) Fortunately, it was jus' a little bitty fire. :)

Nov. 26th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Heroic Gneech is Heroic!

Glad everything worked out so smoothly.
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Actually, it was amazingly smooth -- guess those drills have actually been worth the trouble after all! :D

Nov. 27th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Competent Gneech is competent?
Practiced Gneech is practiced?
Regimented Gneech is regimented?
Nov. 26th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
a "real" fire drill? they make real fire now? :)

good to hear you are ok. I can't remember the last time I've been in a planned fire drill... at university the false ones were so common they never bothered with drills (I can remember once we had 4 in one night, by the third nearly no one left the building)
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
The fire alarm that cried "wolf"?

Nov. 27th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Real fire
Yup! It comes in hogsheads. :}
Nov. 26th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
We had a great incentive on the boats where I worked for fire drills. Attendance is mandatory. Failure to show up...1 days pay. That keeps the little bunnies moving :)

Of course, fire on a ship is quite different. No where to run to (nowhere to hide) and, on a ship, YOU are the fire department. And there is such a thing as "too much water"
Nov. 26th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
And there is such a thing as "too much water"

Just ask the Normandie!
Nov. 26th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a real pleasure!

Ah, well; at least you got a good story out of it.
Nov. 26th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
glad it was a small fire..
because I'd hate to get out of those buildings...

glad I'm on a SINGLE FLOOR operation.

Nov. 27th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
So, you'd have been one of those heros carrying the chair-bound people out on 9-11?

Nov. 28th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'd like to think so, but I can't honestly say one way or the other without having been there.

Nov. 28th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
From what I know of you, I'm pretty sure you would have been heroic. I certainly know first-paw that you're strong enough! *Hugs*

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