On December 21st I had the privilege of spending the day at Howard County Fire & Rescue’s “A Shift” at Station 7 – which serves parts of District 1. The day started at 6:30am with Captain John Merson’s staff meeting to set the stage for the day. After a station tour and orientation to all the equipment I participated in training on rescuing trapped firefighters, helped clean the equipment bays, and ride-along on several calls. During a lull in the action the “A” shift members devised a training scenario to practice a hand line (a hose for us civilians) from the the roof – that’s me in the pictures above.
Throughout the day until I left after dinner about 7:30, I had the opportunity to talk to all the firefighters and rescue personnel. I learned about their training and skills, their challenges, and why they chose their profession. I was so impressed by their passion for their job and unwavering commitment to excellence and the safety of Howard County’s citizens. I look forward to the opportunity to work with these fine public servants and make sure they have the resources they need to continue to fulfill their mission.
Throughout my campaign I will seek to participate in or visit with agencies, organizations, and programs that make a difference in our county. In my opinion face-to-face and hands-on experience is the best way to learn and understand the challenges they are addressing. This is an activity I am committed to continue throughout the election and during my tenure on the County Council.
That’s me in the full gear including air tank (minus breathing apparatus). Climbing the ladder to the roof was a challenge.