Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
North Star Volunteer Fire Dept., 5 years as Volunteer.
Seattle Fire Department, 12 years downtown on Ladder 4.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Staffing (recruiting AND retention), rewarding and recognizing our dedicated but overworked volunteers, funding, replacing large fire apparatus and maintaining the buildings and other infrastructure. With the grant programs available today, most FD's have very good opportunities to secure one or more grants for the "loose" equipment (SCBA, turnouts, etc.), however there are very few grant programs for the really expensive stuff - fire apparatus, buildings, etc. Before long, many FD's are going to have rooms full of newer PPE and hand tools; and a deadlined 30+ year old fire engine that they cannot replace. Ironic, don't you think?
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Yeah that is a pretty sweet picture if I may say so myself, lol.
How are you doing? All's good here. We made it to Hawaii on the 5th of December, and just got moved into to our house and settled in. We bought a puppy and just enjoying the sun mostly.
907? That a little ironic. I've been hearing from my mom about all the fire North Star's been getting. Its making me jealous. :-)
Anyways, I am going to have to go, but take care and stay safe!