AFD Central heart of downtown Amherst
After the deluge of emergency responses last night into early this morning today's Open House at AFD Central must have seemed like the calm after the storm.
Although I'm sure the coffee and cider donuts came in handy.
Smokey Bear and Jada the Jr. Firefighter
Smokey Bear and Kira
In spite of sequestration, a Federal Government shut down and state budget cuts, Smokey Bear managed to make the event, and throughout the morning maintained a happy face. Considering he was a magnet for children -- mine included -- probably not too hard a feat.
Firefighter 75' over town center courtesy of the quint
Unlike climbing to the top of the quint, Engine 2. Although Smoky Bear did keep both feet firmly on the ground. Probably an insurance thing.
911 Dispatch (& the 729): Unsung heroes
A little history:
Human drawn pumper circa 1850s
The infamous Amherst College Alumni Gym fire 1985
And a scary future: