Wow. New digs!
It’s reminds me of the last time I moved into a newly-opened fire station. No, not that temporary piece of crap renovated warehouse ‘station’ in the industrial park with the loading dock and a bay door 2 ¾ inches wider than the mirrors on the engine it housed, and the rickety stairs leading to the open loft day room on top of the kitchen’s ceiling…
If I sound bitter about that rat hole, it’s because I am.
No, this one is the shiny and new kind. You remember: the “new construction smell” and plastic still on the recliners. The kitchen cabinets and drawers full of new pots and utensils. The bay floors that will never be that clean again despite your efforts, and the johns that will.
As I check out all the new features on FireEMSblogs.com, I compare it to going into each room of the new station; touching everything everywhere as ideas on how to customize begin to float around in my head.
To the builders (Chris, Dave, and the crew) congratulations, it’s truly amazing. Your hard work so far has clearly paid off. I join the others with eager anticipation in what lies ahead. Thanks!
To my new partners, thanks for taking me aboard and your hospitable welcome. Although I’ll be entering my fifth decade in the fire service next year, this makes me feel like the young probie all over again (this time I’ll do things right). I hope I can earn your respect as we move forward together with our common purpose.
Finally, as I visited each of your sites tonight, I noticed the graphics and design features you all implemented with the rollout They are really impressive, and I’ve got my work cut out for me. Great job everyone!
Even with our new “station” we’ll still all be “running calls”, so the work won’t change. But the new digs seem to have an invigorating effect, don’t you agree?