It will be a couple weeks before we go out, Paul boke a couple of toes a few weeks ago. When I go out he needs to cover me and when he goes out I cover him. This means he is holding me back because he is still on light duty. We are in Sac right now and both passed the C-PAT test for Sac Metro (yes, Paul passed with his three boken toes! He just didn't tell them he had them) We are flying back to Colorado today and will be at the Wildfire Academy in Alamosa CO, for the rest of the week taking an ignitions operation class. Then back to pick-up the newly painted race truck, we will post pictures when we get them. Good luck and stay safe!
as a past CDF brush bunnie, I can speak from experience that stuff often goes way worse before it gets better on the fire lines. In my 4 years with CDF, I saw more than 8 trucks get roasted to a well-done, over 20 firefighters get burned, and 3 fall off/ through roofs while trying to save homes. I don't mean to sound like an ass, and [censored] happens, but be thankful your are also in one of the best protected areas in the country as far as fire is concerned. =) Think of it like this...at least the guys and gals got paid well, but slept like crap!! hehehe
dave- you are absolutely right. i won't sugar coat it, that was just plain wrong. everyone in the field knew that was a bad day to be holding live fire training and they never should have laid down that fire. the class being taught was a firing operations class which is basica;;y a class where people come and learn to use fire against fire...they just ended up getting a lot more hands on than expected. we are waiting to see what the fall out will be. the unit chief has come out early and said he is sorry and CDF will make it right to anyone who lost anything. i wish it weren't true, but sometimes politics plays more into decissions than common sense.
The bright side to all this is that the area that burned needed it anyway. Also, being an aviation buff, I liked those DC-4's and sky cranes going 500 feet over my house. I love the sound of that heavy iron.
"I know it all, but I can't remember most of it..."
dave- there should have been a few s-2's and a c-130 too. but i could be wrong- fire season has really started early this year with 23 large fires in the west right now. they lost 80 homes in Colorado in the past couple days on the cannon city fire. hey dale h-how is the smoke in your neighborhood?
I just saw a B-1B leave Long Beach this morning. Full afterburner. Every car alarm in the parking lot was going off. It's been here twice before and he usually heads out
over the ocean comes back about 600 to 700 ft above the deck, rocks his wings and goes damn mear ballistic with it, but this time he didn't return. It's still an impressive
He who lives by the sword, gets shot by those who don't.