Wednesday, October 12, 2005

volunteer

This is the crew from Big Rock, Illinois, helping to fight the horse barn fire. Out in the countryside most of the fire departments are volunteer. Our small towns and villages do not have the tax base to support the manpower for a fire station. So these people, including farmers, construction workers, mechanics, high school teachers and others put the time and their lives on the line. Fire departments from all the surrounding areas helped on this fire. And just so you realize, there's no source of water except for what they carry in the truck. The high school that was about 2 miles from the fire has it's own water tower and hydrant, so the trucks were ferrying back and forth to fill up. As soon as these guys filled up, the next truck was waiting in line. Using that method you'd be surprised how quickly they struck the fire.

5 comments:

pablo said...

Subject matter aside, WOW, can you capture the light! Beautiful!

Zanne said...

Oh Pablo, the sun was so cooperative, setting in the west behind me. Thanks for the kind comment.

nogger said...

Yes, that's an excellent capture. Really striking.

Floridacracker said...

Ditto on the light...Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

The Loretto, PA Vol Fire Dept just got a nice tanker truck sort of like that one shown. Vacumn pump, takes two minutes to fill from a pond. 5000 gallons cap, I think. www.evan7.com