So the Spokane Fire Department Station 2 on North Foothills Drive is the very first "featured house" of our new blog. For all of you fire houses to follow, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you have some big shoes to fill. These guys were awesome and I felt like a rock star. I would have to say my favorite part was when they actually let me drive the pumper/ladder truck down Foothills Drive with the sirens wailing.
Okay, they didn't really let me do that. But then again, I didn't ask.
I was put into the very capable hands of Lt. Wisniewski, who gave me the station tour and answered my questions. (Poor guy.)
(Scene: Tina and Lt. W standing in front of this truck)
Lt. W: This is our pumper/ladder truck. Do you know what it's for?
Tina: Why yes, I do. You see, I watch "Rescue Me", so I know that you use this truck to access flaming upper-story apartment windows, where people fling small children out to be caught by Tommy Gavin and hauled to safety.
Lt. W: Uh, yeah.
I think he was really super-impressed that I got it right.
They didn't let me try any of this stuff on. But then again, I didn't ask.
Turns out that Station 2 has a Water Rescue Unit:
And I'm saying that the only thing hotter than a guy that's willing to yank your sorry, oxygen-deprived panicky ass out of a burning building is one that's willing to yank your sorry, oxygen-deprived panicky ass out of the Spokane River. Seriously.
You know what I love about the Spokane Fire Department? I'll tell you what I love about the Spokane Fire Department. They have NO AGE LIMIT for their new hires, unlike some other fire departments which shall remain nameless. (cough FDNY cough.)
(Scene: still standing in front of the pumper/ladder)
Tina: Did you know that you can't test for FDNY if you are over 29?
Lt W: Yes, I think I remember hearing that. We don't have an age limit.
Tina: Well, I was going to test for FDNY this year, but believe it or not, I'm over 29.
Lt W: Don't you also have to live in New York?
Tina: Minor detail.
It just occurred to me that Lt. W didn't immediately run into the fire hall and get me some sort of academy application. Must have slipped his mind.
So I got to see some pretty spectacular pics from the SFD slideshow:
And got my hands on a few stats. Turns out that Engine 2 was out of service for several years due to budget cuts, and was put back in service on July 25, 2011. Since then, Engine 2 has responded to 49 structure fires. Yeah. FORTY NINE in 3 months. Here in the boonies, we call that a DECADE of responses, not a QUARTER.
Go Engine 2. You rock. And hello, Mayor/Council of Spokane - you mothball the big, shiny fire truck when you want to save some dough? That was your BEST idea?
So, here's one final shot of Station 2 - oh, and me. Thanks for letting me crash your party, gentlemen.
|Spokane Fire Department - Fire Incidents|
|Alarm System - Two Apparatus||1,489||1,337||1,425||1,422|
|Structure Fire - Single Engine||891||827||783||785|
|Service Call - Single Engine||349||382||416||342|
|Structure Fire - Full Response||334||353||345||334|
|Alarm System - Single Engine||367||343||361||344|
|Vehicle Fire - Single Engine||229||252||243||236|
|Hazmat - Investigation||257||208||234||291|
|Brush/Wildland - Single Response||128||94||92||108|
|Structure Fire - Working Fire||55||72||55||84|
|Brush/Wildland - Medium Response||39||54||38||77|
|Brush/Wildland - Low Response||48||46||59||38|
|Brush/Wildland - High Response||56||43||21||67|
|Hazmat - Full Response||41||31||37||34|
|Extrication - Full Response||22||20||26||36|
|Hazmat - Team Response||4||1||4||4|
|Brush/Wildland - Extreme Response||14||0||8||6|
|Total Fire Call Incidents||4,435||4,161||4,243||4,303|