A new chapter for this writer.

View form the basketMany of you regular readers know that while I’m not rocking out as a Poochamungas or performing my stay at home dad duties I am a full time firefighter for the City of Chicago. Well nearly 18 years of service I managed to get myself promoted to Fire Engineer.  What does this mean? Well I used to be assigned to a Truck Company known as Tower Ladder 21. A Tower Ladder is a truck company with a big ladder on the truck with an additional basket hanging over the front of the rig. This is especially used to put water on bigger fires along with the usual truck duties of search and rescue, ventilation and overhaul.  Different from the Engine Tower LadderCompany who carries the hose and puts water on the fire. There is a lot of friendly rivalry between these two entities in the firehouse but it takes both working in tandem to get the job done.  After finishing training I shall become the driver of that Engine sending water through that hose to the firefighters putting out the blaze.  It’s one of the most critical jobs on any fire department because without water you ain’t putting out the fire.  To get the job the department sends you back to school for a few weeks, 8 hours a day, forty hours a week. Who knew an 8 hour day couldEngines in the shop. be longer than a 24 hour shift?  I write this because the blog may be a bit quieter in the next few weeks as I shift my attention to learning again after a long hiatus from schooling. We shall still  be here a couple times a week talking about the kindie world, music and other things that peak my interest. I have a few more songs to discuss and maybe a thing or to about Engineer school.  Thanks for reading and see you here next week.  I’ve included our song Big Red if you have anymore questions about the Engine or Truck.

Big Red

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