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Greetings from the Battalion that never sleeps! Well bi-monthly battalion inspec-

tions are back in full swing and we’re glad to see all the hard work going on in-between runs, errands, closures, runs, training, move-ups, details, and runs. As always, preparations start a week or so out with the dreaded “list.” The “list” that seems to get posted at every station either on the grease board or taped to a clean wall. The “list” that lets us know what we have to accomplish 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 day out. The “list” . . . we would be lost without it. One of the things I’ve always loved about the “list” is that no matter what gets crossed off of the “list,” the next shift comes in and says, “this {{insert proper area}} isn’t clean! What did the {{insert proper shift}} do yesterday?” Well, thanks for all the hard work, and I’m sure all the stations passed no problem! Speaking of inspection, recently the

“Inspection Schedule” was sent out to all the stations regarding inspection times and what the emphasis of the inspection was going to be on. The emphasis was listed as, “Personal standards (uniform and grooming), PPE’s (structure and brush), and quarters, along with a thorough check of apparatus (records and compartments), and an update on the status of the LAFD.” Isn’t that everything?!? So the emphasis is on every- thing? Got it . . . Also, where the “Inspection Sched-

ule” times were, there was a comment next to FS 64 that said “Lunch.” Now is that the chief taking the liberty of inviting herself to lunch (no phone call was made) and having the crew dirty-up the kitchen preparing it, or is she just planning on getting “lunch” in their district? I’m sure it’s the latter because there are so many excellent food choices in 64’s district. Too bad for the Battalion 13 chiefs that 79’s went to Battalion 6, because they were a sure thing for battalion at lunchtime. As I mentioned earlier, there’s always

the phone call around 7:30 in the morning, fol- lowed by the announcement on the P.A. which usually sounds similar to, “Apparatus and #, you have a _____ . Please be on the road in 5 minutes!” Apparently, Fire Station 64 recently received this call at 7:30 am from Battalion telling them that E 264 was to go NAV and the inside member was to take the Plug Buggy and do a BATTALION wide bottle run. What happened to the “sister station” concept? I guess now that there are seven stations in the Battalion, they couldn’t figure out how to make it work. Oh and did I mention that Battalion made it extremely clear that the Pump was not to be manned and the engineer was to ride on the Truck as the inside member. This seems like a recipe for disaster. Engine 64 had just gotten

back from an AM move-up and was amidst a cluster of EMS runs, when the stars aligned and TRUCK 64 was dispatched to an auto fire on the freeway with comments of a person trapped. Engine 57 was sent along with them, but it would take a few minutes extra for them to get there. Spotting the loom-up, the truck hustled to the run hoping to keep the fire at bay with an array of extinguishers, proper PPE’s, and the hope that a triple (who do have water carrying and discharging capabilities) would show up on scene soon! Luckily when they arrived, there wasn’t anybody trapped, but unfortunately the auto met an untimely demise. I’m sure it seemed odd for the members on the truck to show up at an auto fire and just stand there watching it burn while they couldn’t do a thing about it. The department somehow got away with another near miss, but I wouldn’t want to be the one to explain to the family members how we didn’t send the closest water carrying unit because it was shut down for a BATTALION bottle run . . . Just sayin’.

This next story comes out of 65’s.

An out-of- house SOD member was working on RA 65 and was ready for a nice day of R+R when a run finally came in for the rescue. Turns out the run called for the Heavy Lift Gurney, so one of the normally assigned members jumped on the rescue and sent the SOD guy to the engine. Now that the SOD guy had no run to go on, he decided to head to the kitchen to see if he could help out with lunch preparation. As perfect timing would have it, just as the cook finished explaining what was needed to make the entire lunch, he received an “important” phone call that he “had to take.” Our hero was left in the kitchen “assisting” with lunch by himself. Twenty minutes go by, 30 minutes, and nobody can be found. Finally he finished preparing the meal and went into the front office and found the original “cook” taking care of some “important” office work, which included

taking personal phone calls and monitoring the TV; moreover, one of the regularly assigned members came in the kitchen and sat down at the table with the morning paper and didn’t even ask the out-of-house-lunch-making-member if he needed any help. Must be part of his study program for the next captain’s test. Leadership by example . . . Over at 57’s, one of the members

was up to cook. Being assigned to a busy triple means that you really have to be a master of multi-tasking and time management. Luckily this member decided to take some worry out of his busy work day and went shopping off duty. When he came home and unpacked his home groceries, his wife saw what he was going to prepare for lunch the following day and decided that it looked good for dinner. Not wanting to shortchange the crew, but also wanting to make his wife happy, this member was caught in a real pickle. He decided to call his most trusted confidant and friend, his RA 257 partner. The partner gave the go-ahead and promised to keep it “just between us.” As they were putting away the groceries next morning at the station, the crew noticed that the bag of frozen meatballs was not only open, but also a little light. Noth- ing was said until 06:30 the following morning when the trusted partner could no longer hold it in. Oh well. Hey “Cookie,” your wife owes $5 for lunch.

This multi-tasking chef is also an avid

handball player and recently competed and did well in this last singles tournament. Recently, a C shifter, who has only played a few times, was looking to improve his game and asked this salty veteran of the court to show him a few things. The handball vet gladly accepts, gets “suited up” in his newly acquired tournament shirt and shorts, and takes the handball rookie to the court. Three games later, the vet comes out of the court with his head on the floor and his tail between his legs and apparently for the first

truck 66 memBers cleaninG up aFter a Fire at 5146 s victoria ave on FeBruary 2, 2012.

photo By yvonne GriFFin, epn

April 2012 • 17

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