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How to "shock" a porn star

Apparently, all you need to do is give her an application to the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department.

You may remember back in June when we broke the story about, an ex-porn star volunteering at the Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad. Read that post HERE .

It caused quite a stink in and around the Roanoke Valley and you heard it first right here on these pages. Although they failed to link to or even mention Ironfiremen.com, the Huffington Post even picked up on the story! Read their coverage HERE .

Well, as big as a “shock” as the Harmony Rose story was; now the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department has “one upped” the Rescue Squad and delivered an even bigger shock…. yea get ready for it ….  “the shocker”

Since my days as a Melrose Misfit, the boys have been telling me about things such as “the Shocker”, “the Rocker” and even “the Show Stopper”.

With the help of a freaky fireman down at #5, they’ve even tried to educate me on terms such as the “The Bat Wing, “The Eyeball” “The  Goat” and many other terms.

I’m still not real sure what they were talking about but the one thing I do know is that there are several members of the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department that are VERY LUCKY to be alive.

On Thursday, September 6, 2012, the Cave Spring Volunteer Fire Department was conducting some training on Commonwealth Drive in South Roanoke County. The on duty crew utilized both a Wagon and Ladder Truck for their training evolution (equipment and members from the Cave Spring Rescue Squad were also in attendance).

It is still uncertain what the objective of the training evolution was but it is certainly clear that it didn’t end as planned.

The Wagon was apparently connected to a hydrant and supplying water to an elevated master stream from the Ladder truck. It remains unclear at this time whether or not the Ladder was flowing at the time of the incident.

At some point in the evolution, the ladder either came in contact with or became close enough to a high voltage power line to cause the equipment to become energized.  The result was devastating, yet amazing in that nobody was injured or killed . The incident could also become very costly to Roanoke County and their fleet of fire apparatus.

The damage was significant. It is believed that both pieces of equipment could be a total loss. That could add up to somewhere around $1.5 million dollars of damage. The Ladder was a 2000 Pierce while the Wagon was a brand new 2012 model ( Story and photos HERE ). It’s believed that the County’s insurance will access the damages later this week.

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It’s been reported that the jolt even blew out every tire on both trucks. That’s 16 tires in total! Rumors are of the electrical systems being blown out of their panels and the inability  to turn systems on and/or off following the charge. Members on scene (or having witnessed the aftermath) report an obvious path of current down the ladder and through the out-riggers.

Due to the hydrant flowing, there was water on the ground, reaching to and beyond the Wagon and surrounding area which could have easily allowed for the flow of current from one piece to the other.

At least one member was atop the turntable at the time of the incident but it remains unclear where the remaining members were located at the time of the incident (reports are of up to 12 members on scene). How they were not injured remains undetermined and under investigation. THEY WERE LUCKY!

At the least, this incident is a “Close Call” or “Near Miss”. Chief Goldfeder even ran it on Firefighter Close Calls (view that story / link HERE ). I have spoken with Officers of both the Cave Spring VFD and Roanoke County Fire / Rescue and they all say it’s a miracle that nobody was injured or killed.

There are some very basic lessons to be learned from this incident and quite honestly, I’m shocked that neither party has been eager to share them with the Fire Service as a whole. As embarrassing as it may be, at least; others can learn from whatever mistakes were made.

I’ve asked for pictures of the damage just so you all can see how serious this incident actually was. I’ve been told that they either don’t exist or that I can’t have them (depending on who I talk to). Our own local news reporters couldn’t even get a shot of the carnage.

Apparently, the trucks are now in a secure, remote location with no access from the public or press.

I wonder what they’re hiding?

Are the damages worse than previously reported?

I’ve talked to my contacts. I’ve told them … get out in front of the issues. Show what you have and tell what you can. ..”this” is what we know, “here’s ” what it looks like and the rest is being investigated…. we will share more as it becomes available. People are asking and we want and DESERVE an answer ( I am a Roanoke County tax payer).

Dave Statter will tell you that this is the correct way to handle such a situation. Rhett, Dave and I even offer classes on this exact subject but apparently, those closest to us are turning a deaf ear. That’s what upsets me the most. Both Roanoke County Fire/Rescue and the Cave Spring VFD are first class organizations. I expect so much more from both of them.

Again, I’ll say it’s like they’re hiding something. It’s just like  all the incidents happening in a nearby City.

Rumors are ABUNDANT! We are hearing of a member having  either resigned or haven been fired, a Captain on or off of administrative leave, inappropriate text messages, pornography,  a DUI, revoked licenses,  a picture of a moose with 2 assholes and even that there is no such thing as the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus! WTF? I wish I could elaborate more but apparently, a “gag order” has been issued and nobody can tell me exactly what it is that I’m not supposed to talk about.

My point here is this. Without FACT … the “rumor mill” grows. Even IF an incident is under investigation and all details are not yet known, put out what you know, and where you’re going with it.  Keep your members, the public and press informed UP FRONT and it will save you a lot of work and explaining on the back side.

When the photos and “full story” of the Cave Spring incident are worthy of our attention, I will share them here on Ironfiremen.com. Until then, feel free to use the comment section to voice your opinion, concerns or point of view … I look forward to hearing them. Don’t forget to follow and “Like” us on Face Book by using the link above.

ALWAYS CHECK FOR OVERHEAD OBSTRUCTIONS …. stay SAFE and in House!

Captain Wines

 

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  • RFD-L5

    “the trucks are now in a secure, remote location with no access from the public or press”???… There right behind your roanoke city station 2, and can be seen clearly from the interstate.. Theyve been there for an entire week. That mustache must be obscuring your vision ;)

  • Carol

    HUM- The trucks?- appears to be the only thing in question about the story.
    Glad you could find something not sufficiently accurate.