Monday, February 7, 2011

FIREMAN FANTASY... AND REALITY or What Do Firemen Eat for Lunch?

Firemen eat salad.
Fireman fantasies usually involve hunky men without shirts... rippling muscles under yellow coats... and massive meals of chili and near-raw steaks.

I don't know what firemen usually eat, but on the day my daughter's class visited Station #31, the firefighters were having salad for lunch.

Our trip to the fire station was fascinating... though it ruined some myths for me.  I was excited to see that they still had a fireman's pole, but sadly, our guide destroyed my vision of hot firemen sliding down the pole on their way to the rescue.  He told us that in a REAL emergency he always takes the stairs because it's faster.  

It's not a sexy vision, but it's honest.  It shows that firefighters are smart, which is comforting (especially if your house is on fire.)  And as the rippling forearms in this photo show, firemen are still hot.  This guy could cook too!

Today's firefighters are also nice.

As the field trip was winding down, an emergency call suddenly came in.  The firefighters (both male and female) put on their gear and climbed up into their fire engine, while explaining to the kids that they didn't run or hurry, and they moved in a "calm and safe manner".   Engine #1 then roared dramatically out of the station to answer the call of duty.

My daughter and I stayed at the station for a few minutes to ask our guide a question... and we saw Engine #1 calmly driving back to the station.  It even stopped at a red light.

It took me a few minutes to realize that they must have faked the call, but that just made me love them all the more.  They know how to put on a good show!

Another benefit:  They told the children to clean up after themselves and make their beds-- just like the firefighters do.  The next day, for the first time in her life, my daughter made her bed without being asked to do it.

Sadly, it was in the evening after my husband had just turned down her sheets.  At least it was a step in the right direction.

Thanks to the brave men and women of Station #31, my fireman fantasy lives on... But now it includes a hunky man convincing my children to put away their toys and brush their teeth before they go to bed.

He also eats salad.