I had to cancel my trip to the Pa. Fire Expo this weekend but that doesn’t mean that YOU can’t go.
I’ve been getting some pics and updates from the floor in Harrisburg and it looks like I’m missing a great show.
I had intended to spend some time in the FoxFire booth with Zach Green and his crew. They are setup with The Fire Store in the North Hall, booths 817-826. Speaking of The Fire Store, be sure to check out their link above. They now have all the FoxFire products on the front page as well as many other great fire service products. You can find my recent “Product Review” of the FoxFire Products HERE .
If you guys get the chance … stop by and take in this Expo. Be sure to swing by The Fire Store and FoxFire booths and meet Zach and the crew. Tell em Ironfiremen.com sent ya … oh yea .. it’s also Zach’s birthday today .. wish him a happy and successful one!
Fire Rescue Magazine Booth N 726
Go Forward Media Booth N 722-724
The just introduced Go Forward Fire Booth N 722-724
a Brotherhood Instructors Booth N727
Wall Shields Booth N725
FD Live In N 725
The big guy pictured on the far right is one of my two favorite “Nicks” from FDLiveIn.com. He’s also the one that I won $50 from arm wrestling while in Indy for FDIC 2011. .. Yea .. he’s “THAT” big and I took $50 from him..LOL
Again, take the time to visit the Pa. Fire Expo this weekend in Harrisburg, Pa and be sure to visit all the folks I’ve just mentioned … trust me … you wont regret it!
The reason I’m not there is two fold. First, I couldn’t get today’s shift covered. The prettiest day we’ve had in months and I’m stuck here at the station …uggggg. The second reason is that I simply have too much going on around the farm this week. The break in weather means the beginning of hay season etc.
We’ve also been having some Fire Department training on the farm….well HazMat training anyway. (see a previous post HERE ).
Roanoke City and Salem both have “local” HazMat teams for their respective jurisdictions and then combine to make a “Regional” team covering a much larger area of the State. This week, the “Regional Team” has been training on the farm.
Yesterday ended the 3 days of training with A-shift.
That’s where the title of today’s post comes from … “too big for their britches”.
Some of them though .. just “some of them” mind ya are a little “too big for their britches”.
Well, too big for those HazMat britches anyway … LMAO
Those holes are NOT supposed to be there. You shouldn’t be seeing their uniform pants under the suits ….LOL
They do make a happy couple though … just look at the two
little fellas … two peas in a pod … or two bears in a sack! LMAO
Look at the “little” one on the left … notice the yellow stripes at his waist line?? Tape to hold the suit together … LOL
They thought they were going to get out of the “decon” detail by trying to explain that the suits didn’t fit. The IC thought they were just making excuses. Turns out, they were right but obviously, the IC held his ground as well …LOL
Training is always better when you’re out in a more realistic situation / conditions etc.
For the City guys, I’m sure it was also nice to get outside of the city limits and take in a little clean country air.
Thanks to Battalion Chief Teddy Adkins (Roanoke) and Kevin Tottin (Salem) for allowing us to be a part of this training by providing the location ( The Catawba Sustainability Center …aka.. The Tech Farm and myself)
And, while the guys were hard at it training, the Buckaroo and I were just as busy.
Loading the hay turned out to be quite the experience. It seems as though a nest of snakes had taken up residence in our loft. Now, they were just black snakes but they were also mean and feisty. They thought that since they had moved in … they owned the place.
Had they have went on about their business somewhere else, everything would have been fine. Oh no … they figured to say and fight for what they thought was theirs … little did they know that they were fightin the famous Buckaroo!
We had to shoot 4 total and this one was the baby of the lot. The biggest (and meanest) was near 6 foot long and about 3 inches in diameter. One of the biggest I’ve seen. Somehow or another, the two largest of the 4 made their way onto the HazMat team’s ATV…. LOL …. I don’t know how they got there.
I didn’t have my camera then but one of the brothers on the team (Mike Elliston from Salem) took some pics and will be sending em my way shortly … I’ll get em up when I get them.
This was the first dry day we’ve had in about 2 weeks or more and if we don’t soon get a crop in the ground, planting season will have passed us by.
Despite, the dry day, the ground was still SOAKED. A muddy mess is what it was but good friend and partner Kevin Tottin had just the trick.
Kevin just bought a smaller “compact” tractor. At 30 hp she has plenty of “pepper” and she’s also light enough that we could get her into places where the bigger tractors are just too heavy.
Like most of em, it was a long hard day we survived. I’m not sure what good it done us because some are saying that 6pm tonight is the ” End of Days”. If it is …I’m ready to go and will be standing my post here at Lucky #13. That said, I also hope they’re wrong … I got too much stuff to do tomorrow!
I’ll check back with later on tonight …. until then, stay Safe and in House!