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Saturday, August 25, 2012

School Days Are Here and Oh What Fun!

Well this has been a great two weeks so far. I was a bit nervous in the beginning but the kids have done great and have worked very hard on their work. They really love our science and history curriculum because it is very hands on. We have already started our time line for History and the children all got to make their own pictures for it. We also did our very first Science project which dad helped with and they were so excited that he could help.Finally we took our first field trip and that was a blast. We would like to say a special thank you to Mr. Keith Bates for all of his help and giving us the tour of the CFD. We learned so many things about a fireman that I didn't even know myself. They have to go to school for ten weeks and only come home on the weekends to see their family and that is only part of their training. Some of the other parts of training involve a timed obstacle course. This used to be just running, sit ups, and push ups, but now it is more geared to what they may face on the job.  He also showed us all the equipment inside the trucks and what each one is used for. One of the pieces of equipment we got to see were the jaws of life. We always have heard about it but never had we seen it in person. There were three different hoses and each one was used for a specific size and kind of fire. There was just so many items it was hard to believe it all fit in those trucks. I think the coolest thing of all to us was he took us into a room and turned the lights off to make it completely dark. He used this hand held thermal imaging gun and we could see everyone in the room in total darkness. Then he put his hand on the wall and removed it and we could see the image of  his handprint still on the wall it was so amazing. This could be used if a place was completely filled with smoke and you couldn’t see anything you could still see people and where to find them. Then as a surprise the kids got to sit in the truck and turn the lights on. Then when we were leaving he gave each child a book, coloring page, stickers and a fireman hat which they love. So again thank you Mr. Bates for all you done that day.

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From the other side

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Here the kids got to hold the actual hose.

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Here are some of the tools they have stored on the truck. These panels slide out and they have tools on both sides.

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More tools

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Here are the “Jaws of Life”

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Here is a generator.

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Here is 900 feet of hose that they use to attach to a fire Hydrant. It isn’t thought about until needed but take a good look at how far a fire Hydrant is from your house. You need one within 1000 feet so they can hook to it. Otherwise they will run out of water.

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The hose is all the way to the other side of the fire/Rescue writing

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Here are multiple Ladders

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Here is another truck they usually would take with them.

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A view of the inside

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Another look at the inside.

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Look at all those gauges

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In the bottom left corner are the different hose sizes

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In the upper right are airbags they use to lift cars or other objects. He said they could lift the fire truck if need be.

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This truck has 1200 feet of hose.

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More Equipment

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Here is the vehicle they use for football games and sporting events in case of injury.

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Here all the kids got to sit in the truck

Jaden Above

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Emilee

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KayLeigh

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Jonathan

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Tristin

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Here is Tristin running the lights

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Another view of all the controls these vehicles have. The panel that runs the water is a 40 hour class of instruction alone.

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Thank you Mr. Bates for showing us so many aspects of the life of a fireman.

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Here is the whole family

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Here are all the kids with their Fireman hats on. This was a pretty awesome time and the information alone that we were told was so beneficial to us and to the kids.

We look very forward to the many different places we plan on going for school trips and all the things that we will be learning.