Mesa Fire Ride-Along

I really learned a lot today in my Mesa Fire Department ride-along, although it wasn’t nearly as eventful as the Mesa Police ride-along. However, I really enjoyed the afternoon with my friend and former Mesa High School (and even Mesa Jr. High) classmate Bruce McGregor, who is East Deputy and Battalion Chief at Fire Station No. 201, 360 E. First St.

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He took a lot of time showing me around the station and we took a drive to some old and future fire stations around Mesa. I really appreciated his time and for teaching me so much about the fire department.

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Here I was riding in the backseat of the battalion officers vehicle.

I already knew this but firefighters really are the nicest bunch of caring people that you could have the privilege of hanging out with!

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Fire Station No. 201
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The ladder truck.
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Inside the six-bay station.
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More fire vehicles, including the large command center.
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A new station under construction will replace this one built in 1957.
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In the backseat of the engine on the only call that I went on. A police officer was having chest pains at his desk at the police station downtown. These guys checked him out and sent him to the hospital.

Chief McGregor assured me that as soon as I left they would get plenty of calls, they call it the “curse of the ride-along!” Guess that’s really a good thing.

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Thanks, Mesa Fire! You’re the best!

For more on Mesa Fire and Medical, go to: http://www.mesaaz.gov/residents/fire-medical

 

 

 

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