Andrew Pollack's Blog

Technology, Family, Entertainment, Politics, and Random Noise

I got to call the Engine 1 into service today. How cool is that?

By Andrew Pollack on 07/14/2006 at 11:34 PM EDT

Bringing a new fire truck into service is way more complicated than it should be. Every truck is a custom work of art, unique from the word go. That leads, of course, to a debugging phase on delivery that any software developer would recognize. I've spent a good part of the two days working to herd the new truck through this process. I've spent hours loading equipment and writing up status and location reports on the equipment. Today was the payoff. With both the Chief and Captain unavailable today, I got the honor of making this call. It may sound trivial to you civilian types -- but keep in mind how rarely a crew gets a new truck. I know people with 20 years in that have never been on a crew when it was issued a new truck.

As you no doubt hear, its not really a big formal affair on the radio. No mention is made of the last 3 days where the old truck has been out of service and there has been one less truck available. No mention is made of the thousands of hours of planning, working, and training that go into a new truck. Still, we know.


There are still many hours of things to do. I have a punch list on a clipboard in the cab that is still getting longer, not shorter. The compartments are full of tools just stacked in because we don't have the rubber "turtle tile" or brackets installed yet for the various fittings. The backup camera isn't in yet. The cab door and compartment door warning buzzer and light are disabled while a wiring problem is tracked down so we could drive off with a door open and not know. That sounds worse than it is, the old truck had no such warning at all.

On the other hand, now that I've had a chance to work with this new truck, I am more pleased with it than I thought was possible. Before putting it in service, I took a small crew out to a pond and pulled a draft, ran water through the booster line and the deck gun, and tested the few other things that really can't be tested in the station. The truck is very fast and comfortable to drive, the air conditioning is awesome.

So far, I've taken three different people out for training on the pump and a two to drive. Now it's just a question of time to get the truck out on it's first call.


There are  - loading -  comments....



Other Recent Stories...

  1. 03/26/2019Undestanding how OAUTH scopes will bring the concept of APPS to your Domino serverWhile a full description of OATH is way beyond what I can do in this quick blog entry, I wanted to talk a bit about how "SCOPES" interact with the already rich authorization model used by Domino. Thanks to the fantastic work by John Curtis and his team, the node.js integration with Domino is going to be getting a rich security model. What we know is that a user's authorizations will be respected through the node.js application to the Domino server -- including reader names, ACLs, Roles, and so on. The way ...... 
  2. 02/05/2019Toro Yard Equipment - Not really a premium brand as far as I am concernedDear Toro Customer Service, I arm writing about the following machine: Toro Power Max 1120 OXEModel:38654S/N:31000#### Specifically, bearing part #:63-3450 This is the part ($15 online / $25 at the local dealer) that caused me to raise my objections on-line. This piece of garbage is supposed to be a bearing. It carries the shaft which drives both stages of the auger. The shaft passes through the bearing (which is what bearings do) after the auger drive pulley as the shaft goes through the back (engine ...... 
  3. 10/08/2018Will you be at the NYC Launch Event for HCL Domino v10 -- Find me!Come find me in NYC on Wednesday at the Launch Event if you're there. I really do want to talk to ...... 
  4. 09/04/2018With two big projects on hold, I suddenly find myself very available for new short and long term projects.  
  5. 07/13/2018Who is HCL and why is it a good thing that they are now the ones behind Notes and Domino? 
  6. 03/21/2018Domino Apps on IOS is a Game Changer. Quit holding back. 
  7. 02/15/2018Andrew’s Proposed Gun Laws 
  8. 05/05/2016Is the growing social-sourced economy the modern back door into socialism? 
  9. 04/20/2016Want to be whitelisted? Here are some sensible rules for web site advertising 
  10. 12/30/2015Fantastic new series on Syfy called “The Expanse” – for people who love traditional science fiction 
Click here for more articles.....


pen icon Comment Entry
Subject
Your Name
Homepage
*Your Email
* Your email address is required, but not displayed.
 
Your thoughts....
 
Remember Me  

Please wait while your document is saved.