Story from the Casey Weekly
It was a dramatic illustration of what she'd just been talking about. Firefighting is a job where you can never plan too far ahead.
"It's the best job in the world," said Ms Raines, the only female career firefighter in a crew of 15 at Cranbourne's CFA station, when she called back the next day. "Every day is different. It's physical work, I'm working with a great team of people, as opposed to sitting by myself in front of a computer, and it's helping people who are really up against it."
While the number of women in the CFA has grown rapidly in recent years, they are still outnumbered four to one by males. CFA chief officer Euan Ferguson recently launched a special campaign to recruit more women as employees and volunteers.
Ms Raines got interested in firefighting in 2005 when she was living in Canada and stayed with the deputy fire chief of the town of Banff in the Rocky Mountains.
When she returned to Australia, she planned to do a PhD in sports physiology when she saw that the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre was offering research scholarships. She applied and won a scholarship to study fatigue and recovery in firefighters.
"I thought if I helped a swimmer swim two seconds faster it wasn't really going to change anything. But if I could contribute to how firefighters perform, that could have a big impact on people's lives."
Some of her research was carried out at the Healesville staging post during the 2009 bushfires, assessing firefighters before and after their shifts, with a focus on hydration.
After she finished her research, it wasn't the world of academia that beckoned but the thrill and comradeship of firefighting. She joined CFA as a volunteer in 2008 and started paid work as a firefighter last May.
Ms Raines said being the only female in a crew of 15 was not an issue. "I'm treated the same as everyone else. The only thing of interest is my skills and capabilities."