Montana Outdoors

January 4, 2009

1° morning

Filed under: Montana, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Rural fire department — montucky @ 12:01 am

These cold days have their own beauty: this photo was taken at 8:30 this morning with a temperature of 1°.

1° morning

Two hours later when I was driving the second engine out responding to a fire alarm, it was 3° and things went down hill soon after when the first truck out was hit by a car and my response then was to an accident scene. The car driver required ambulance transport and our firefighter suffered minor injuries. A third unit found no problem at the scene of the alarm. Not exactly a good day, but it could have been worse.


  1. ouch! tough day in your world. sorry that things happend to everyone especially as it was a false alarm.


    Comment by Cedar — January 4, 2009 @ 7:18 am

  2. We respond to many incidents that are not serious. It’s always good to find that we’re not really needed, but there is always the risk of responding, especially on icy roads. In my opinion it’s usually more dangerous getting to the scene than taking action while there.


    Comment by montucky — January 4, 2009 @ 9:56 am

  3. montucky, I’m glad that you are ok and that it wasn’t worse!


    Comment by Maureen — January 4, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  4. Thanks, Maureen! I hated to see that someone was hurt, but I think the injuries were not really serious. She was very lucky because her vehicle was totaled. She will be sore for awhile though at the very least!


    Comment by montucky — January 4, 2009 @ 10:53 am

  5. Oh, no!! I’m so glad you’re okay and that the other firefighter only suffered minor injuries! I hope the driver of the other vehicle was okay. And that the original call turned out to be no problem, it would have been bad to have the department stretched like that.

    (And, I know you are and I don’t need to fret, but please be careful, okay?)

    The picture is gorgeous. It was beautiful here yesterday too (and today, though Sunday is my “stay at home and grow moss” day :D), though I didn’t get to go out much. I did find a place where I’ll be able to snowshoe when they arrive.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — January 4, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

  6. Sara,

    I’m glad you found a place to snowshoe, hopefully close. I haven’t been out much, just walking from the house. In the next couple days though I’ll try Buffalo Bill and maybe check a couple other spots. Next weekend looks like it might be reasonable good if it doesn’t get too warm.


    Comment by montucky — January 4, 2009 @ 12:37 pm

  7. Beautiful weather for photographers, not so good for motorists. It’s too bad when firemen and EMTs get involved in wrecks to and from the scene that compound the original problem.

    Let’s hope the injured are doing better soon.



    Comment by knightofswords — January 4, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

  8. Malcolm,

    We had over a foot of snow followed by rain followed by very cold weather followed by more snow. There’s a heavy layer of ice under everything including the roads. There have been lots of accidents, but most have been low speed and not with serious injuries because most folks are driving slow now. Yesterday’s could have been a whole lot worse.


    Comment by montucky — January 4, 2009 @ 12:48 pm

  9. glad it wasn’t worse!


    Comment by silken — January 5, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  10. Yes, Silken, I’ll rest easy with how it ended.


    Comment by montucky — January 5, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

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