We are fortunate to know Reggie, who is the Fire Chief in Yorktown. After our visit to colonial Yorktown, I got a text from Reggie who asked if we were still in Williamsburg and would like to come over and see where he worked. Yes, we would!
We've known Reggie for 3-4 years. He and his wife Melanie are friends of Kelly and Jon. They have an 8 year old daughter and a 3 year old that is buddies with Brooks. We see them when we are in Virginia Beach visiting.
I always enjoy it when I get to see the actual place where people work. It is one of those interesting things about life. Everyone makes a living somehow, in some place and its fun to put them together now and then.
The next part of the tour was about the trucks and the equipment. Each firetruck has a specific purpose and role.
This beast is the most impressive of them all. I forget all the facts and figures of this but it can carry a lot of water. It also has lines of hoses and then can pump water to the fire using a variety of sources. Sometimes they get water from wherever they can including a swimming pool if necessary.
On the passenger side rear area is a compartment with a familiar set of tools which is commonly known as 'Jaws of Life'. That is a brand name that became the generic label of a particular kind of equipment.
Next, we looked at one of two ambulances they have ready to go. He opened the back door and had me pull out the gurney and set it up outside the back of the truck.
They have two different large 5th wheel trailers that haul all kinds of rescue and safety equipment to the scene. It is pulled by this large truck.
It was a real privilege to see the fire station and get a private tour from Reggie. And to get an inkling of what it is these folks do for us day after day in our communities. And not only our communities, but sometimes they deploy to other places to join other teams. Such was the case when Reggie deployed to Puerto Rico last year during their terrible hurricane.
That's it for today's Roadrunner Chronicles! Thanks for stopping by.