Birthday Party and Tour of Fire House for budding Fire Fighter - 2/1/2009

  Our young, budding, 5 year old fire fighter, had his Birthday Party at the fire house.   Ridge Fire Company personnel talked about what to do if your smoke detector goes off in the middle of the night and demonstrated the gear used by fire fighters going into a burning building.  Grandma was a good sport and was the "firefighter" who put all gear on.  After the talk the kids got to try on gear.  As the gear is old, out of service gear, the sizes are a BIT large for the kids but they enjoyed it.  Then it was off to see the trucks and sit in them.  Always a big hit.  The trucks look real big when you see them going by in the street during a parade but when you get up close and personal and get inside they look REAL big!  Then our second out engine, 62-2, was driven outside and the water pump turned on.   Each of the kids, and as many adults as wanted to, got to spray a real fire house.  So we didn't lose the kids into the next county we used our "booster" line.  The booster line only flows about 50-60 gallons per minute and we kept the pressure down near what a garden house would be, about 40 PSI.  For the adults we put the pressure at 90-100 PSI, closer to a working pressure of 200-400 PSI.

  All in all everyone learned something and had fun.  The Ridge Fire Company personnel always talk about being a volunteer and that "There is more to Fire/Rescue then running into burning buildings!".  From this Tour we had a young mother of two join to assist with fire prevention, etc. and is now, after participating in a lot of the training, thinking of taking the National Firefighter I Certification class.

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