|Little man at the end of the line, waiting to get in the truck|
At the beginning of last month we took a tour of the fire station. We got to look around the inside of the office and see where the firefighters went to relax, sleep, eat, and train. We also saw the chief's office and got to hear how the day-to-day routine went when there was no call to take.
The tour of the garage was next, and that's where we got to see the fire engines. The kids thought it was awesome, but I was pretty impressed too. The chief let the boys tour the inside of the truck. That's my little one at the end of the line in the picture above.
|This is the other side, he's on his way out.|
Of all the things to get excited about.. he was thrilled he got to sit on the seat of the truck.
And that's my little one coming out of the other side. :) I really liked that they were allowed to be hands-on and touch and explore the trucks, and hear about how the equipment worked (and what exactly things were used for when the trucks were out on a call). There were a lot of things to see and learn, but what my son got most excited about, was that he got to sit on the seat and look out the window. That made me laugh because truly when he was looking out, all you could see was the tippy-top of his hat. ;)
|The tour was really hands-on and the Scouts got to actually touch and feel|
a good number of things on the truck.
It's really pretty amazing how efficient the trucks are at utilizing space for useful things, allowing for a sufficient system to be created to help with whatever type of emergency or assistance might be needed from something that has to be mobile.
|He was talking a mile a minute telling me about the buttons and gadgets. ;)|
All of the kids were pretty psyched about learning the real workings of the trucks, and it was definitely an interesting and fun day for the Scouts.
|The day we went happened to coincide with practice runs for trainees.|
This ladder was extended very high in the air.
Surprisingly, it didn't shake or falter a bit with the weight of the man on it.
One treat we had that we might not have come across on any other day was the training. Men and women training to be firefighters were performing vigorous exercises to get them ready to become official. The one the kids liked the most (and us adults were pretty mesmerized to watch too) was the ladder climb. I wish I'd have thought to ask how high up that ladder extended because it really was way up there. Amazingly, the ladder didn't shake a bit with the weight of the person on it, not even when he got to the tippy-top. I imagine climbing up there with a load of heavy gear is no easy task. If you have to guide a person down with you too, I imagine it's even more of a challenge (especially if the person being guided is apprehensive).
On the side of the fire truck, there is an intercom system that reaches the firefighter on the ladder, so he/she can readily communicate with whomever is down below. Once a trainee would reach the top, the chief would push a button and ask them how it was up there. The guy in the picture above said it was cold! lol He wasn't wrong. It was definitely a chilly day to be out training.
|A photo opp with the chief who was kind enough to give us a tour.|
We did the group photo opp at the end of the tour, and the kids all got fire hats and coloring books. Definitely a fun outing for the day.