Almost 41 hours into the new year, and we’re still awaiting call #1 on the FD. We averaged 1.6 calls per day last year. It’s been snowing since last night, but no one has crashed their car, fallen down, or had chest pain while shoveling. No trees have fallen on wires, no one has over-stokedContinue reading “Anticipation”
I know we’re not supposed to be superstitious. I also know many of us are. I’ve just noticed that New Year’s Eve is not only a full moon, but a blue moon. Good luck, and stay safe. Personally, I’m glad I’ll be home with my family.
They say you never forget your first. Mine was a few years older than I. Eight years, to be exact. She had an elegance you just don’t see these days, and she had gorgeous curves. She taught me a lot. It took a while to learn all of her quirks. She could be cold andContinue reading “My First”
The phone rang as we walked into the kitchen. “Isn’t it awful what happenned to those poor Worcester firemen?” my wife’s grandmother asked. We had been away all weekend, and in the days before smartphones, Facebook, and Twitter, we hadn’t heard. The TV was no use on a Sunday evening, so we were sent runningContinue reading “W6”
I have another post cooking, but for now here’s a video tidbit to enjoy: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/v/gVURYLt20LQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0 Shot from the ramp of our station this morning. Between the ongoing monsoon and a stubborn camera battery, this was the best shot I could get. Newbury Ladder 3 was passing through town en route to a mutual aid assignmentContinue reading “YouTube is great for wasting time”
“Hey, why are you over here? The fire’s back that way!” Yes sir, it sure does look that way. D’oh!
“Smile!” As a parent, I spend the year on the lookout for cute photo opportunities. The best shots go into the family calendar for next year and make good Christmas gifts. Beth has appeared in the living room in full princess regalia, and this is too good to pass up. In the corner, the fireContinue reading “Knowing”
“Eighty-Two to Ancestral Hometown Fire Alarm, advise responding units I can confirm smoke showing on Near Horizon Mountain. It looks like it’s somewhere on the northeast shoulder.” “Received Eighty-Two. Fire Alarm to all AHFD units, Rescue 82 confirms smoke showing at that location.” My sister lowered her binoculars. Even without their aid, the column ofContinue reading “Funny thing about firemen. . .”
It’s a beautiful late summer Tuesday morning. Good Friend and I finish our checklists and head out for bagels in the A9. GF’s news pager buzzes. He ‘harrumphs’ and hands it to me. A plane has flown into the World Trade Center. We assume it must be some idiotic private pilot with a Cessna, whoContinue reading “Another Tuesday”
My ambulance has 22 flashing lights. Red, white, amber; strobe, halogen, LED; we have a little of everything. Eleven of those lights face forward, accompanied by a 200-watt electronic siren in case you somehow don’t see them. The headlights flash, too. So, Mister Member of the Public, when I approach you with my 22 flashingContinue reading “A note to the general public”