My Monday was hotter that your Monday
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Being married to a firefighter definitely has its plusses and minuses. One of the benefits is getting the inside scoop when cool things like burn to learns are going on. One of those happened to be Monday night. Burn to learns are controlled burns that allow the fire department to get hands on practice in a semi-controlled setting (how controlled can a fire really be?). Local community members or property owners who are looking to destroy or get rid of an old home, they can donate it to the fire department to be used for a practice burn. On the day or night of the burn, they go room by room lighting a fire in each room one at a time so different teams of firefighters can go in a practice putting it out. Once they have gotten all their practice time in, they let the whole thing burn to the ground. Normally they do these burns during the day, which makes for an easier time taking pictures, and not such a late night for all the fire fighters, but any time I can spend some time with Dan while he's on shift and get some pictures I am always in! The fire department has been lucky this fall and has gotten several homes donated for practice burns, so hopefully there will be some more spectator nights in my future. Luckily (for me) Dan was working that night, so he wasn't able to go inside the house, but instead spent the evening next to me taking pictures and explaining what was going on. I know he wanted to be able to go inside and get some hands on practice in, but any time my husband isn't in a burning building is a plus in my book! (sorry honey)
Last night's burn was at the end of a dead end street, which made it kind of nice because the only spectators there were fire department family and a few neighbors, this also allowed me to get a bit closer and snap some pictures!! If you ever hear about a burn to learn in your area, I definitely recommend stoping by and watching for a while. The whole experience is pretty amazing and definitely something you're not able to be that close to observe very often. And don't worry, lots of people driving by or in the area stop by to watch so you won't be alone, and you definitely won't be cold!
I'm continually amazed at what my husband and some of my closest friends do on a daily basis and thankful that there are people out there willing to! And while these nights are fun and amazing, I'm constantly thankful when they are over and Dan is back home with me.