to date, since i have been on the volunteer fire dept here in townsend, this was the hardest fire we have fought. this was richmont inn, located in laurel valley here in townsend, along a mountain side. this blaze literally wore us out. we fought it from 9:30pm til 6:10am, and then i had to return around 8:30am and fight it more til around 11am. i had already been up for over 24hrs. i was beat. there was one more call on this fire the next day, and again, a few of us showed up to “finish her off”
this was a task within itself, the inn was about 100foot from where we had to park our truck, and carry ALL of our gear down the mountain side to it. of course we started off at night, so having to watch your step along with carrying gear or a charged hose, was a challenge.
this shot along with 7 others will soon be published in 9-1-1 magazine, four from this fire..and three shots from the fire we had exactly one month to the day in january. two of the shots are already here on RB….“my volunteer job” and “battling the blaze”
this shot along with my volunteer job were published in the 9-1-1 magazine for the months of aug, sept, and oct 2009