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anyone run to the rigs on a EMS response in a long time. I guess OUR FAMILY doesn’t live in the district so . . . they can wait! Think about it.


CONGRATULATIONS Battalion 11 bids a bittersweet good-


bye to two of its best captains. Tim Kelly (29-C) promoted to Battalion Chief and is headed over the hill to Battalion 10. Don Steinman (13-B) promoted to Captain II and is taking the helm of Fire Station 66. Both men added so much to Battalion 11 and will be missed greatly! Let’s hope their replacements can try to maintain the high standard set by these individuals! Good job guys.


RESPONSE TIMES As quick as it became an issue in the


media, the squall over slowed and inadequate response times has all but disappeared?? I don’t know politics but the Mayor and the Fire Chief have taken “Teflon” to a new level. We are for- tunate in Battalion 11 to have very small (geo- graphic) districts and we cover other districts on a daily basis. The truth is, I have not seen


CAN’T MAKE THIS UP Recently, the floor captain at “Metro


Fire” called FS 6 and asked if they could “help out” a Rescue Ambulance in trouble. What kind of trouble, you ask? Well, it seems that the RA, returning from a transport to Children’s Hospital, noticed they were about to run out of fuel??? Our troubled duo from a different bat- talion stopped at a gas station ½ block down the street from FS 6 (that has fuel). They used the Voyager card and since fuel is expensive and they needed lots of it, they went over the card limit. After the gas station attendant told them that they could NOT put the excess fuel back into the pump, they searched for their wallets to pay the remainder! OOPS, no wallets and . . . they used all their cash on two meals out, plus Starbucks. So in comes the heroes of the story - Engine 6 to the rescue. No word yet on how much it was going to cost our sad brethren to repay 6’s for the fuel and the traditional cut


gallon? Maybe next time they will do a better job during their morning inventory!


FILL THE BOOT Thank you to Fire Stations 15 and 29


for their efforts manning the “fill the boot” in- tersections in Battalion 11. I have heard some of my fellow firefighters cringe at having to “BEG” for money. Well, honestly, you should go the telethon and see the people stricken with this disease, maybe you would see it a differ- ently! I am pretty sure after a decade of Fire Department participation in this fundraiser; the general public knows what we are out there for!


FIRE CITY Battalion 11 has had their fair share


of fires recently. And since not one person has written to me and ratted on your buddies, I guess they all went great. Nobody needs a little peer pressure (just to make sure the same mis- takes don’t happen again)! Yup, I just checked and the E-mail address still works.


Eyeonbatt11@yahoo.com


a pickup Truck loST conTrol and hiT The cenTer divider on The 210 fWy on may 6, 2012. 24’S, 77’S, 98’S and counTy 19 reSponded.


phoToS By david “doc” demulle’, The fooThillS paper


16 • June 2012


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