Okay, I get to the top of the ladder and then what?
Saturday outside the fire station in Mount Albert (a village in East Gwullimbury), 17 new volunteers were learning the basics of what a fire fighter needs to know. The captain - dressed in tan and orange - was watching as one very brave soul climbed to the top of the ladder and then the ladder "grew" to extend even further.
Six of the new recruits
East Gwillimbury (92 square miles or 283 square kilometres) has three fire stations but only one of them is manned at all times. It's located centrally in the village of Queensville, 12 minutes away from this station. East Gwillimbury has only five full-time fire fighters, so when tragedy happens, volunteers assist.
Eek! That sure does look a long way to the top
Although each volunteer also has a regular paying job, each has an agreement with his/her boss to allow them to leave in an emergency. (One of the seventeen new volunteers is a woman.)
The volunteer reached the end of the ladder and is now... I haven't a clue
This is not a job for me. I'm too afraid of heights.
Learning the tricks of the hose
If you think handling the hose is any easier than climbing the ladder, think again. Each foot of hose weighs 10 pounds when it's full of water and the fire fighters normally use a minimum or 32 feet. Obviously a few firefighters are required to haul the 320 pounds around.
Those dials sure look confusing to me
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