Thanks for your reply, ta176. Please share more of your experiences!As a FF in Brownsville during the war years for 24 years I pretty much saw many different types of fires in all types of buildings. From old law tenements to newer ones, row frame, store fires, projects and any other fire you can think of. We also got called for domestic disputes, oil burner fires etc.. The interchange program taught me that there were people that appreciated and thanked us for anything we did for them.
I was then appointed to the Fire Marshals office in 1992. I thought it was time I went in to fire buildings after the fire was out and try to figure out how it started. Interviewing FF that had responded and extinguished the fire sometimes left me more baffled than when I first sized the fire up. I had a house explosion in Queens, I then requested the canine we had at the time and the dog made several alerts showing that gas was used in different locations in the residence. The home owner was in Puerto Rico at the time of fire. I really came to enjoy the job even though sometimes we never got the arsonist. Many car fires because owner could only get out of the Lease by torching the car. Arrested the guy that burnt the Church were I attended as a young boy. Real satisfaction there. Another arrest of a guy that torched a building and 2 residents were rescued, FF performed CPR and saved them both. Although I was a little apprehensive when I took the Fire Marshal job, I came to get a lot of satisfaction making the right call at a fire. The dog was the only hi tech equipment we had back then. Any evidence we collected had to go to the PD for analysist such as a flammable liquid.