Outside of a few in local dealerships, there aren’t too many raisins in the apparatus industry. The industry is so competitive, you’ve got to be on top of your game to innovate, adapt, promote, and survive.
Most Raisin Squad members feel equally isolated from the smell of diesel fumes, unburned hydrocarbons, and burned coffee. Frustrating is not telling tall tales and passing judgment on the young guys, who actually put out the fires.
Prior to the committee’s meeting with the preferred vendor, Willie caught wind that the chairman tipped off the vendor to not pay him much attention because Willie was slow, not too smart, and asked really dumb questions. That was a mistake. Sometimes you can push the gentle bear too far.
It was a check and balance between overly progressive members who want everything ever invented on their new fire truck and the grunts like Willie whose common sense questions aggravate the hell out of the gung-ho crew.
The officers felt him harmless, figuring he would be a reliable vote for whatever “they” wanted—providing he didn’t ask any of the “stupid” questions he was known for.
"What is ironic is that Willie is probably one of the best 'grunt' firefighters in the company. And when allowed to drive the apparatus, he's just as capable as the next person."
Before the Raisin Squad’s morning coffee clutch was banished from local firehouses over this pandemic stuff, one topic of conversation was about playpipes and stacked tips.
What started out as my usual crabby, cranky, and contemptuous outlook on things happening in the fire service has taken a sharp turn into stark reality. The Raisin Squad got banned from the firehouse!
Simple comments at morning coffee can easily erupt into endless days of blabbering and pontificating over subjects some Raisin Squad members know little about nor can remember the following day.
The Raisin Squad bloviates over things we can’t control or stuff that doesn’t make much sense. We’re always reminiscing about the bygone days that will never return. Two topics came up during the last couple mornings that are worth mentioning.