When firefighters walk into the flames of a fire, a cone of water is what protects them, and knowing how to create that cone and use it is something you want to figure out before it’s needed. So tonight, I was on EMS standby as our local volunteer firefighters practiced attacking a car fire. These guys are giving their time to protect the citizens and visitors of our community, and it was impressive to watch them in action. In ridiculously hot weather, with a storm blowing in across the desert, they put on their bunker gear, charged their lines, and walked into flames. I know that’s something I wouldn’t want to do. These are the guys that have my back on many EMS scenes, and I’m glad they’re there to help keep me safe while I do my job as a Paramedic. I’m also grateful that, from an EMS standpoint, it was an uneventful evening. Sometimes having nothing to do is a good thing.