Ladder 1 and Engine 2 with aerials extended about 75 feet up
About the only thing I'm going to miss with Central Station when the town FINALLY gets around to building a new fire station in South Amherst is the great access the general public has to the department in their heart of the downtown location.
Like today's successful annual Open House, which always coincides with "Fire Prevention Week." And that's just one of the great things about our local department: They would much rather not have your business when it comes to fire.
And a little training can go a long way should the unimaginable ever happen in your home, office or school. AFD also gets out of their office and takes fire safety training to our schools with the highly successful SAFE (Student Awareness of Fire Education program).
Demonstrating extraction techniques
Of course the other huge problem the town needs to address is the inadequate staffing levels that all too often requires mutual aid supplementation from a surrounding department and frequent requests for off duty firefighters to report in for "station coverage."
Smokey Bear and Jada
Or, maybe we could just draft Smokey Bear.
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Why we need an adequate full-time profession FD. Those who fail to learn from history ...