Williston, ND (KEYZ) A World War II paratrooper once said, “We gotta be crazy, to jump out of a perfectly good airplane”. Well, one could say that about a fire fighter. On any given day a Williston firefighter may be asked to leave the comfort of the wide outdoors, put on a heavy suit with life support apparatus and walk into a burning building. Chief Jason Catrambone, says this worrying prospect comes with the job and he trusts his people to do it right.
“They start prepping as soon as that alarm goes off at the station. As soon as they hear those tones for a call their minds are already working on what they are going to be doing next when they show up on scene. Because we need initial action very quick. Take last Friday morning’s fire, they were able to rescue a dog, that was within minutes of arriving on scene. It was a dog, but it could have been a person,” says Catrambone.
Catrambone explains one of the new pieces of equipment acquired by the department features a warm room for the fire fighters to heat up in on an icy cold day and a place to change into warm and dry socks and gloves.