By Daniella Baeber “We have had a number of fires in the last few days, and we have had one in our unit.
We have had two fatalities.”
A paramedic who worked in the same fire brigade in the north of Finland as Emirates Firefighting pilot Peter Mäkinen, says there have been four fires this year.
“We are dealing with about three a week,” said Dr Jussi Lindstrom, from Emirases firefighting unit.
“There are three in the south and two in the west.
I have had four fatalities.
The number of fatalities has been increasing every day.””
In the past, we had four incidents in one day, but now we have three in one week.””
One is a large, blackened building that is about four metres by four metres, and there were people inside.
They have lost their lives.””
There were some children inside the building.
The children are not dead, but we don’t know what caused it.””
The fire has burned a number three story building.””
We were at work on Friday when the fire broke out and we got the phone call saying, ‘We are trying to extinguish the fire in the second story’.”
When we went back in, we saw three people on the roof of the second floor.
We got the call saying ‘We need to get out’.
“We got the kids out in a few minutes.
It was very traumatic for the family and for the children.””
I have a son and I lost him to the fire, and I have lost a wife and daughter to the same.”
Emirates’ firefighting division, known as the “Finnish Firefighting Team”, has also lost one firefighter this year to the blaze.
“The number of deaths is going up every day,” said Finns firefighting commander, Juha Tarnio.
“It has been very hard for us, but in the end, we have a lot of people who are going home with a lot.”
“Some people are returning to work because they are so shaken.
Some are coming back because they feel more comfortable in their job, because they have had the experience of being there.”
I know that they are doing their best, but it’s a big job.””
We do not know how many. “
Some days we have lost some of our own firefighters to fires.
We do not know how many.
But it is happening.””
It’s a very big job, but they do it with a smile on their faces.” “
There are a lot in our division, and all the firefighters are in contact with other firefighters.
It’s a very big job, but they do it with a smile on their faces.”
In the first four weeks of the year, Emirats firefighting operations saw two fires in Finland.
“I was one of the firefighters who worked on the first fire,” said a man who wished to remain anonymous.
“It was really dark, there were very few people, and when we went out, it was just me and my colleague, and one other person.”
When it happened, I had no idea what was going on.
We went to the station, and that’s when I saw smoke, but I didn’t know where it was coming from.””
At first we were very scared.
The fire had been burning for several hours, and it was getting bigger and bigger.
We thought the fire had stopped, but the smoke was still coming from the building.”
When it started to become too hot, the man said the two other firefighters rushed in to help, but “we were so scared that the fire was going to spread.
“I don’t want to say how we managed to save their lives, but fortunately they were able to get the fire under control.”
“They saved the lives of two firefighters, so it was a good day.
The next fire was a bit different.
It started a bit after midnight and it took us about an hour to get all the fire crews to the scene.
In that case, we used the same equipment we use to extinguishing fires in Finnish firefighters, which was a big help.”
It is not just firefighters who are worried about their safety, however.
“A firefighter is always at risk when there is a fire, because of the risk of a helicopter dropping water on the fire,” added Juha.
“The helicopters that are used are heavy, and the risk is there.
We had to get into a lot more of situations, which we were not able to do before.””
When there is fire, it’s usually the firefighters that are at the front of the line, but there is always the possibility of helicopters dropping water.”
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