Sunday, October 15, 2006

15 October 2006

These are remote controlled earth moving vehicles. Used for large fires, floods and building collapse.

Thier indoor gymnasium, notice the rock climbing wall and rope climbing wall. It is not just for play.

The station has a fully stocked Italian style coffee bar.

One of the many specializations on the department is to be a dispatcher. They are all firefighters first and ten of the men/women have trained and tested to be a dispatcher. They take turns working the desk and when not doing this they respond to emergency calls. I was surprised to learn that they receive no additional pay for their special skills. Roberto told me that after 15 years and many special skills he gets the same pay as new firefighter hired last year.

Giorgio riding in the back seat of the newest fire truck.

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