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Here’s The Scoop…SRC “Telephone” Game…

Remember the telephone game…you played as a child?…A group of kids would stand in a line…..the first in line would whisper something to the next in line…and that child would whisper it to the next in line and so on and so on…until it was received by the kid at the end …who would then yell it out…and 9 out of 10 times…it was nothing like the first in line had said!…

That may be the case here in Sea Ranch Club…

Here we go…

On the night of Nov. 7th…at approximately 5:50 pm…there was a fire call that went out for a fire in the pool C cabana…previous post…VFD category..

This writer/ SRC homeowner …. first became aware of it as I exited B building…to see 2 fire trucks…an AMR truck…and asked an AMR -VFD driver what was up…he said there was a fire in the pool house…

Returning back to the building at approximately 7:00 pm …the VFD was still here…and getting ready to depart…

My building manager thought the problem arose from either a roof repair to the cabana or the newly installed ceiling fan…

The following week on Wed. 12th…at an evening SRC full board meeting…an update came with the news it was not either …it was a “smoldering” pipe in the wall of the mens bathroom…never any flames…and the damage made by the VFD was more than the cause itself…there were pictures showing it…

On the morning of the 19th…at the SRC Areas Association Board Meeting…the topic arose once again…with pictures of the damage and much talk about the extensive additional damage done by the VFD in their pursuit of the source of the call…talk of broken doors and broken door frames due to the VFD breaking them down instead of using the keys…available from the guard….with nodding heads of disbelief and acknowledgment …there were a few who said the VFD were overzealous in their actions…and others who said they did what they had to do……with the final few comments…after hearing a first bid to repair the 3 rooms involved…the mens and womens bathroom along with the utility room to the tune of $21 thousand …that maybe the bill should be sent to the VFD!….Also discussed was the involvement of the State Fire Marshall ….the Town Fire Marshall..the VFD …. the BSO…and the insurance adjuster…

Upon returning home…this writer contacted a person who has experience in fires…and asked about the story I had just heard…the idea that the VFD said they were operating under SOP…(standard operating procedures) and not going to use the keys to open the doors…even though they were available…

This expert said the following…In fire school…the first thing they teach you is to not do more damage than the fire…if you have the keys…use the keys…unless it is a matter of saving human life…another example was the use of water …use a little as possible to put the fire out…careful not to extend the damage further..

With the information above…thinking the story was over…I wrote it up…and put it in the save posts to post at a later date…

In a conversation with a friend…I relayed the story of the meeting …. the fire…the damage and the follow up on the SOP story related in response to turning down the offer of using the guards’ keys by the VFD…

Hours later…the telephone game continued on…unbeownst to me….with new players standing in line…

A call was made to the Manager of building C (#1)….to ask about the incident…by this friend…curious after our conversation…asking if there had been more damage than was necessary made by the VFD…the Manager responded there was not…that the VFD needed to make sure where the source of the smoke was …and the only area of extra damage was the doors….saying the guard did indeed have the keys..

Second in line was a member of the VFD ( #2)…was also asked about the incident…and he said the guard was there…had the keys but did not have the key to those doors….

The guard (#3)… who was present.at the incident …..was next in line…and after the questioner related the two versions he had just heard ….inquired of the guard which was so….the guard said neither…he had the key…opened the doors …did all he was asked to do….

ALERT…GAME CHANGER….

A return call to the VFD member (#2) who answered the key question prior to the guard……to inform him of the guards response…(no points lost…for those keeping score)…was met with news that player #2… the VFD member saying he decided to check out the incident further with a fire fighter ( could be considered player # 4….ala a phone line buddy)…who was actually on scene..that VFD member ( #4)… said the guard (#3) had indeed opened the doors with the key…and left…but…the doors are spring loaded and they shut!…The VFD then needed to force the doors open without the keys….

The interested party decided to return to the guard…(#2)…in a sudden game “pirouette” …to let him know…his was account was cooberated by the VFD ( #4)..thinking player #2 would be happy to learn the outcome…..but instead was met with a sudden coldness…and no further comment…(perhaps he was tiring of the game…..thought his “turn” was over….or heard there was no million dollar briefcase prize?)…

My curious friend …who took it upon himself as a supporter of the VFD…SRC…and LBTS…finished up with a call to this writer…to give me the play by play …….. I thanked him profusely for his surprising participation….in the SRC “telephone” Game….

more to come….perhaps?….

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