Wednesday, October 12, 2005
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.