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In today's podcast, firefighter Jovis Depognon talks with Fortnight Editor Samantha Hinds about life inside a New York City firehouse.
A firefighter's life begins with rigorous tactical training under academy drill instructors. Jovis explains how he learned to climb ladders, tie knots and use a hoseline while hauling 105 pounds of gear. Jovis also describes techniques of teamwork used during search and rescue. In the darkness and noise of a fire, camaraderie is key.
Jovis reviews the ranks and grades of a firehouse hierarchy. He shares his experiences rotating team positions, from "chauffeur" to "nozzleman." He also delineates important distinctions sometimes lost on the layman; such as why fire trucks have ladders, while engines carry hoses.
This is the first of a three-part conversation with Jovis, a Brooklyn resident recruited by the New York City Fire Department after the force's many losses on September 11th, 2001.