Re: J. Dillon, 11 years on a 27 footer, WOW!!!
Brings back memories of my own encounter with firefighting school at CFB Esquimalt 37 years ago. Not a lot had changed by the sound of it except our oxygen breathing apparatus was more modern.
The scariest exercise for me was entering a 2 story structure from the top deck above and having to feel our way down 2 ladders, being completely blinded by the smoke, find our way across a corridor, open the door and put the fire out in the compartment. There was one guy who couldn't bring himself to do it and that was the end of his Navy career.
"A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. We do be afraid of the sea, and we only be drowned now and again" Arran Islands Fisherman