Sunday, April 27, 2008

Welcome to Torch Slinger

I'm surprised it took me so long to have this idea, but it took Joe's fire story today to inspire me to create a blog for stories of flashlight use. I'm mainly interested in tales of EDC lights being called into action, but more planned or task-oriented stories are also welcome. I'm also leaving it open to pretty much any kind of portable light; torch, headlamp, keychain light, spotlight, whatever you've got. It is my hope that others will contribute to this whenever they have something to share, even if it's just a moment when you really appreciated having your light emitting friend on hand.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Fenix at San Diego house fire

Joe Auricchio
Lights: Fenix P2D RB85(?)

So there was a structure fire up the street
Same kind of house as ours: four units in one building
Started in one unit, spread to the others, mostly through the roof and attic (which might be shared??)
No injuries, but the building and all its contents are gone.
At least three units completely and totally wiped out, and the other one didn't look too good either.
Fire was at night. It was dark.
Rushi grabbed his Rebel and I got Ricoh [cameras] and we went out
Watched from the hill.
He ran out of battery, because he sucks
I got mostly poor photos, because my camera sucks
But there were a few times when I used Fenix on full to supplement the lighting
No flash - we didn't want to bother the firefighters
Who did a damn fine job
A few firefighters came through the fence from the school at the top of the hill we were on
one firefighter came down the hill past us
this hill is a solid 30 degrees, and full of slippery ice plants
he had some small light to watch his step but it was pitifully dim
So I illuminated his path with [Fenix on full power, ~130lm]
He shouted a quick thanks and went off to do his job
The firefighting was impressive at a few points.
Hoses shattering windows
The tall ladder trucks, which have hoses and lights at the top, and a fellow can climb up and direct the hose, which they did.
Shooting down from fourth-story height into the open roof...
One thing I wish I'd caught on camera or video was the big downstairs bay window...
The window has got to be eight feet by four
A few moments after we got set up on the hill, about 35 feet back
It explosively burst
We actually felt the compression wave and heat