We had an amazing opportunity last month, along with M's Daisy Troop, to get an inside look at our local Fire Station One and to meet the real life superheros who work there.
We got to try on the firefighting apparel; Got inside an engine, a ladder truck, and a medical emergency vehicle; Learned all about how they load the trucks and how all of the different tools are used. The most interesting thing I learned was that there is a tool called a Halligan bar, which was invented by a fireman, and is the only tool that was specifically made for fire fighting. The pick can be driven into a wall, providing a foothold/step for a firefighter to stand on - as well as many other prying, twisting, punching, and striking uses. All of the other axes, pry bars, tools and equipment are re-purposed for fighting fires and responding to any other variety of emergencies.
Fireman Jake, in full firefighting gear! Apparently small children are often
scared of firefighters in full gear, and are afraid to accept help during an emergency. So, Jake dressed up in front
of the kids so they could see he is just a regular guy, wearing extra
fancy firefighting clothes. It was really effective! He breathed
through the ventilator and C was quick to point out that he sounded
like Darth Vader, which he thought was super cool.
The firemen also reviewed fire safety with the kids and gave them all firefighter hats and badges. The men were so generous with their time. You could tell not only that they enjoyed teaching children about the fire station, but they also loved their jobs. I was impressed and humbled.
To end the trip with a bang, the station got an emergency call over the loud speaker just as we wrapped up our visit. The entire crew left in a hurry - every engine, ladder truck and medical vehicle, sirens blaring! Wow! Talk about exiting in style!