During morning coffee with the Raisin Squad, a couple of the old geezers who were real active in the 1970s (and most are IN their 70s today) were reminiscing about the good old days and some of the “other than normal” activities of an impromptu group called The Roof Crew.
In the stories herein from the volunteer side, names and officer ranks have been changed to protect the innocent—as well as the guilty.
By Bill Adams Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many older members of rural fire companies. If they ever came to morning coffee with the Raisin Squad, they’d fit right in. I call them “farmers”—a nonderogatory term I use and fortunately one most don’t take offense to. After all, who wants...
Firematic trade shows are great places for Raisin Squad members from different locales to compare notes, lie to each other, and pass judgement on the things we’ve seen, read or heard. And if challenged on accuracy or truthfulness, we can blame age, failing eyesight or defective hearing aid batteries.
"Looking back at 50 years in three different departments, I vaguely recall some of the guys doing some stupid stuff."
If you want to stir up a hornet’s nest or play catch with a live hand grenade, bring up the subject of replacing volunteers with paid (permanent or career) firefighters.
There’re no gasoline exhaust fumes, cigar smoke, unemptied ash trays, or the residue and smell of working fires in the form of cancer-causing unburned hydrocarbons. Not having carcinogens is good—having lousy coffee is bad.
I found a 30-year-old operational manual for the particular deluge set we were talking about and, just to make things interesting, I’d ask a couple questions each morning. It was fun, and it worked for a while until they got aggravated.
Did you ever end up in a discussion where you can’t remember what the original topic was, who started the conversation, and why it lasted for three days? Welcome to the world of morning coffee with some of the Raisin Squad.
When laying out ground ladder storage for a new rig, purchasers should investigate specifying ladders to fit a rig rather than spending big bucks to design a rig to fit the ladders. It might be a lot less expensive.