A firefighter in beautiful California never gets bored: Fires in houses and forests at extreme temperatures, floods, and earthquakes challenge the state. Just last week, there was a major earthquake in Napa. Following that, about 60 structurally unsafe houses were marked, and residents were not allowed to enter them anymore. After a smaller aftershock, one of those houses collapsed yesterday, and the Napa Fire Department was called out again to rescue the homeowner who had been inside the house against regulations.
Fire trucks are eye-catching in America, but I haven't seen one quite like the one in Napa: a fire truck in an elegant Stars & Stripes look!
After a successful operation, the friendly firefighter Jeff explained the most important vehicles to me. The Stars & Stripes truck is the T1, Truck 1, equipped with a ladder for rescue operations and a complete pumping system. In front of it is E1, Engine 1, carrying a lot of water and all the hoses. For American Heritage, he even parked the vehicles in a photogenic way, opened the interior for me, and explained his earthquake app. In emergencies, the local fire department is also deployed in neighboring states - there's always a lot to do.
At this point, a big thank you to all firefighters who bring tireless dedication, even if they don't have such a super-chic fire truck!