VIDEO: On a gloomy morning in downtown Los Angeles, the crew at Los Angeles Fire Station 10 meandered about the firehouse, checked the equipment and swapped playful jabs at one another.
Then the bell rang out.
The loudspeaker blared out orders for a rescue: Someone was on top of a two-story building, possibly threatening to jump.
Firefighter Steve Schaller, 39, rushed into his yellow jumpsuit. He hopped into the front driver’s seat of Tiller Fire Truck 10. His captain jumped in next to him. A third firefighter joined them in the cab.
Sixty feet in the back, firefighter Robert Bobadilla climbed up the side of the truck and into a glass and metal cab the size of a small fridge, alone. He pulled his headset on as the engine in front roared to life.
As the truck took off, Bobadilla, 32, was tugged along, steering in conjunction with the firefighter up front driving, the engineer – his partner.