Fireman Jamie in action!
Amazingly enough, I was able to document my 14 days with the fire department doing research for Burnin’ for You because one of the guys at the station was an amateur photographer and took a whole bunch of pics of me. Talk about a wonderful memento to have! I thought I’d share a few of them with all of you…
Here I am getting fitted for my turnout gear. I’m pretty small, so it took a while to find pants that would fit me. Little did I know, but thanks to me wearing that shirt that day my nickname became Super Girl. 🙂
Here I am in my full gear including helmet and air tank. Man, let me tell you, that stuff is HEAVY.
I’m learning how to properly put on my oxygen tank from where it was lying on the floor. It’s not as easy as it looks, because it’s heavy and awkward and you have to be a bit of a contortionist to do this swinging move where you go across your chest before twisting your arms to get it back behind you and over your shoulders.
I’m getting ready to go into the burn tower and I’m being instructed on how to get a positive seal on my mask. It’s TIGHT and it reminded me of that face-hugging creature from Alien. 🙂
Inside the burn tower. That’s my helmet there in the middle in both pictures. I can’t tell you how freaking neat it was to be in there and just WATCH fire. It might be deadly, but it’s also beautiful. I learned so much about how fire behaves in different situations and how to use the hose and water properly to extinguish it.
Me goofing around with some of the guys as I climbed up on the engine
The guys regularly practice extricating “victims” from car wrecks and I got to take part in one. Here I’m learning how to use the axe to break out a windshield. And with safety glass these days it’s not always very easy.
And finally, me and the Jaws of Life. Wow! The power behind this tool is stunning! Here I am snapping one of the supports to help remove the entire roof of the car. It was like a knife cutting through butter. But the kickback after it snaps left me with bruises!
So there you have it. The photographic evidence of the research that went into Burnin’ for You. I can’t thank my local fire department enough for allowing me to tag along for two weeks. They were nothing but accommodating and welcoming to me. I hold them in even higher regard now. The job they do is difficult and dangerous and I hope all of that comes through in my book.
Interested in reading Burnin’ for You?
BLURB: Lucas Taylor is a New York City fireman at Station 127, dedicated to his job, even though it has brought him heartrending tragedy – the loss of his lover, Ryan, in an explosion.
Evan Singer is the new guy in town, a paramedic transferred into Station 127 and he sets his eyes on Lucas from the get-go.
Neither knowing who the other is, their first meeting is a night of passion and desire that awakens something inside Lucas he never thought he’d feel again.
But when Lucas discovers that Evan is a paramedic, it all comes crashing down. For despite the feelings he has for Evan, Lucas has vowed to never again get involved with someone on the job, after losing Ryan to it.
Can Evan convince Lucas to open up his heart and take a chance on love again, despite who Evan is?
Includes the sequel – Where There’s Smoke!
Things turn explosive at the FDNY when a young man Lucas rescues from a fire becomes an obsessed stalker, and Evan’s altercation with a victim’s husband threatens to end his career.