Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46By YM/LCpl Mary Spath Atlantic Coast (FL) The Atlantic Coast Young Marines went to Naval Air Station Jacksonville for our weekly meet. For class that week we went over E.D.I.T.H. plans (“E.D.I.T.H.” stands for Exit Drill In The Home, by the way). We were taught what an E.D.I.T.H. plan was and how to make one. The Young Marines worked on their E.D.I.T.H. plan for about an hour and a half; and handed them to the Executive Officer. The following week, we went to the Or- ange Park Fire Station and had the fire- fighters look them over, and they talked with us about our plans. They first in- troduced themselves and what they do at the fire station. Our Unit Commader, Mrs. Gibbons, handed the four firefight- ers four stacks of E.D.I.T.H plans.The fire- fighters called out our names and Young Marines formed in a group. The firefighter in charge of us went over several things, such as how to tell if there is a fire on the other side of a door, meeting places, fire extinguisher types, and the best way to leave building dur- ing a fire. To tell if there is a fire on the other side of the door, he said to put the back of your hand on the door.If your hand is hot there is a fire. The firefighter said that the best meeting place was at a friends’ house or on the other side of the street. He also gave us a short class on fire ex- tinguishers. He told us that if the yellow line on your pressure gauge is not on your green line that you need a new one. The best way to leave the building dur- ing a fire is out your window, if there is one. He went over our E.D.I.T.H plans and we told him where we would leave during a fire. After the class, he took us into their day room (living room), and said there is six of everything because there are six fire- fighters per shift. We also saw the Flag of Heroes, which lists all the firefighters who died during the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Later on, we were shown the engine, ladder, and the ambulance. He showed us different parts of all the trucks. At the end of the day, the Young Marines gathered and a Young Marine recited the obligation. We shook the firefighters’ hands and Mrs. Gib- bons and our Executive Officer’s hands. We gave the firefighters an enthusiastic “Ooh-rah!” and left for the night. Visiting a Fire Station, Earning a Fire Prevention Ribbon By YM/MSgt Michael French LCpl Caleb John Powers (VA) Assistant Chief Eric Simenson’s rescue career did not start in the civilian world. Before he began to volunteer with the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad, in Freder- icksburg VA, he saw service as a Medical Corpsman in the Marine Corps. It began with an interest in computers and op- tics. Electronics was what Eric wanted to work with in the military. During an entrance exam it was found his eye- sight was not good enough to qualify him for that job, his second choice was the medical field. “I’ve been with it ever since”, said Simenson. Eric has been with the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad for 7 years; maintaining certifications such as Fire and Emergency Medical Technician to keep up to date with his Firefighter Medic position. During his time in the military with the Marines in the 4th Light Armor Reconnaissance he was Jump and SCUBA qualified, along with Search and Recovery Diver certified. He has been in the medical field for 28 years and is also a Tactical EMS Medic for specialty units like SWAT. As for his curiosity in computers and electronics, he still maintains the interest as a hobby. Mr. Eric Simenson was familiar with the Young Marines, as he volunteered as an adult with the Navy Sea Cadets in Phila- delphia. His advice to new people into EMS and Fire is “Make sure it’s some- thing you really want to do. This field is not for everybody... it’s not like the mov- ies or TV, not everyone lives and some things look worse in real life. You never know what’s going to happen next.” A Local Chief: His Rescue Career, From Tactical to Practical By YM/GySgt Mariah French LCpl Caleb John Powers (VA) Officer Lee Sillitoe has been employed by the City of Fredericksburg as a police officer for almost ten years. His position as a police officer is unusual because he is the only officer who is designated to patrol the Rappahannock River. His job requires him to watch over the environ- ment and report or act on any suspicious activity. Prior to his work with the City of Freder- icksburg, he was an officer in the Marine Corps specializing in Search and Rescue while also receiving a degree in wild- life biology. His work with Search and Rescue allowed him the opportunity of working for President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush during his career with the military. He was assigned the duty of being their helicopter pilot for 30 days out of the year, transporting them where ever they went. After he re- tired from the Marine Corps,he became a 9th grade school teacher for a few years, and then later applied for his current po- sition, becoming a police officer in 2007. He does not plan to retire until the day he can no longer perform his job. VA: An Interview with a Local Law Enforcement Officer ESPRIT ONLINE | Page 34