Battling the Blaze and Hoping for Rain

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

It took a lot of manpower and hours of work to control a morning brush fire that spread over ten acres of land.

Firefighters from four area fire departments as well as the Department of Forestry started battling the blazes around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The brush fire spread over a mountain side on Riser Ridge Road off of Route 50 in Wood County.

With all the recent dry weather, they say it was only a matter of time before brush fires started popping up.

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  • by jeff Location: wva on Nov 29, 2009 at 09:51 AM
    well you do have a very good point anonymous. i beleive being safe and wear any gear that you have is better than taking a chance with your life. maybe people should relize that and stop whining about what you have been saying. i have been on a department for 9 years now in this county. i have been told many times that gear wasnt required while doing mop up work and for other incidents.. well i always wear my gear! i will not take a chance with my life! come on people look at the big picture and stop and look at what this guy is saying. hes not saying we did a bad job at all. hes talking about the lack of saftey. maybe we should look at are saftey protocols and do some changing for the better. i for one beleive this guy is making a valid point. thank you sir for maybe opening some peoples eyes...
  • by Anonymous on Nov 27, 2009 at 06:23 PM
    once again i never said anything about them not doing the job!!! read what was being said... if you dont wear any protective gear at all and your doing hot spots and something happens and a aresol can or something explodes atleast with turn out gear you have a better chance of not being burnt!! so if you think im a idiot for talking about saftey them maybe you should look in the mirror alittle better or maybe think about your husband that was doing the job unprotected... do you think hes superman and cant get burnt??? well your wrong.. look i have 24 years in the fire service including working with designing and testing several types of P.P.E for janesville and fire-dex... look at the link.. maybe have a fund raiser at the department so these guys dont have to be unprotected.... i meen if you wanna get mad about me not wanting these guys to get hurt on the job then ?? well i dont know what to tell you....
  • by Sarena Location: Walker WV on Nov 26, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    You know what how much wildfire gear do you have? The stuff the have is the standard equip. for someone who knows so much you sure sound like an idiot. so why dont you find something better to do than ragging on vff who bust but no matter what gear their in!!!!! There Mr.Anonymous!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    i dosnt have anything to do with doing there job... it has to do with saftey.... why there not wearing the proper gear..go back and read what was said before you chime in
  • by Sarena Location: walker wv on Nov 23, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    I'm married to one of the firefighters who was one of the very first on the scene! I know how much work and effort was put into containing that fire...and if someone whos says there paid also knos that vff's busts butt getting things done because for these type of areas we dont have the time to wait around on some parkersburg firefighters. yes p burg fd does wat they need to within city limits and ik one of them is a hell of a guy! Vfd guys do what they can without any before you decide to gripe about these people why dont you risk your life...leave your family at odd times of the complete strangers without that wonderful paycheck! Please think about things before you try and put them under a microscope...and maybe just say job well done guys!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    well they should have a better saftey practice then and shouldnt let the reporter out there... i dont need to be a vol/ff to show people what needs to be done... i get paid by the state to do that already... i mean why do you think i know about nfpa standards??
  • by Anonymous on Nov 21, 2009 at 12:43 AM
    hey anonymous why dont you ask what the reporter was wearing when she walked thru and ill bet you his jeans would protect a lot better than what she was wearing but nobody cares about that its lets talk crap about the guys that go out and do this stuff and give them a hard time. im sure any dept in this county would gladly give you a application and let you join so you can show them how its suppose to be done
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM* During wildland fire suppression activities, protective clothing shall, as a minimum, include approved head protection, gloves, protective footwear, and flame-resistant clothing as defined in NFPA 1977, Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting.......... anything else you wanna know?????
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    soory but its crazy to take the chance of not wearing turnout gear or wildfire gear.. why take the chance of being caught in a flare up? now in your right mind do you beleive jeans and a t-shirt is gonna help you? NO! this county needs to get there act together and set a better safety protocol when it comes to this topic. and when does the new style turn out gear weigh 75 pounds? most gear now is either rip-stop PBI. or other type of nomex. unless your wearing out of date gear then it shouldnt bo bo prob. if its to hot to wear then maybe you should talk to firefighters in florida that fight wildfires in 100 plus temps. look up florida wildfires 98. so give it a rest about being to hot!
  • by ???? on Nov 19, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    once again people commenting on things that wasnt there. has anyone of you thats commenting on here ever worn turnout gear if so then who would want to wear 75lbs of heavy gear with all the heat and end up being taken to the hospital for heat strokes? and as far as gear for brush forestry only recommends long sleeves boots gloves. and for the guy in the pic this was well after fir under control and was taking care of small hot spots. while every body is cooling down, but during the actuall first stages everyone whos invovled wears the right equipment. so if u wasnt there pose your comment into questions of why they are doing something insted of giving them hard time on what they not doing especially if you wasnt there and know whats was going on at the time and place the news doesnt ever show everything so dont take what you see as the start and finish.
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