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April 9, 2008

Welcome To The Firehose

AKA Best.Day.Evar

I'll be the first to admit it...I felt like I was a 8 year old again today. Which TOTALLY FREAKIN ROCKED, in case you were still wondering.

Today’s penultimate session for the 2007–2008 class of Leadership Tuscaloosa was…

How shall I put this?


Big huge thanks to the local health and safety organizations who hosted us, including…

  • Tuscaloosa County Jail
  • Tuscaloosa Fire Department
  • Tuscaloosa Police Department

No, we didn’t get to fire any ordnance or discharge any rounds, but we got to see all of the following…

  • A full walking tour of the county jail, including the maximum security wing
  • Mobile command center
  • Armored carrier for Special Response Team activities
  • Bomb squad equipment, including robots
  • Mobile forensic lab, including 360 degree laser imaging system for crime scene investigations
  • Special Response Team (formerly called SWAT) equipment and tactics

We also got to…

  • Perform emergency medical technician response for a simulated car accident
  • Use a thermal imaging camera to pinpoint heat sources
  • Put on a full suit of turnout gear, including a helmet, to…
    • Work a fully energized firehose against a simulated fire target
    • Simulate forced entry into a residence
    • Field deploy a firehose (fully unrolled mine in a single toss, straight as an arrow…hella yeah!), then reroll for proper stowing

All while basking in today’s glorious 80 degree heat.

Did I say how FREAKIN AWESOME today was yet?

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