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My son Jeremy and I are members of Fire District No.3 which covers the western third of Saline County and the east-central part of Ellsworth county. My wife, Liz, is a medical “first responder” for district 3. The majority of our fire calls are grass fires with some car fires mainly on I-70. Occasionally we get a bale pile fire or structure fire. I will go with my wife on car wrecks when extractions are necessary and help with that. I will post accounts of some of our fire runs and how weather affects them.

January 15, vehicle fire, I-70, 241, east bound lane.

I was driving up to the house from Salina around 6 pm. when this call came in. The temp. was around 6 with a stiff north breeze. Thinking we'd get turned around, I headed for the scene in my pickup. No calls were made and I found that I was first on scene. I could see Eric coming from the east with E-321. I got out and talked with the people in the car. I also saw liquid (at first I thought it was radiator fluid but it was mostly engine/transmission oil)under the car. I then called "no fire", and held Sq. 340 at the Brookville exit. I also inquired to dispatch whether any deputy's were in route and she said two. Eric and I opened the hood over the engine and again found no fire. The 3 occupants of the car were without a heater and were very cold. We had them get into E-321 for warmth and the newly arrived deputy got in and started his interview to get driver information ect. I then released Sq. 340 to return to Brookville. After consultation with Eric and the second deputy, I terminated District 3s involvement with the incident. Eric then suggested we push the car away from the driving lane which we did and then we went home. I believe the night before, a person was hit and killed a few miles from our location. I really felt the need for my reflective "yellow" gear as I worked on the edge of this incident.