06/20/11 104 W, 1 I - + 2 - 4 Caption This Photo / Boy and Grill, 1989

Here's a young lad, fresh out of the fire academy and passing the time at the then-slow Station 19 on Spring Forest Road. That was about the 24 year-old version of myself and mugging for the camera. The shoot was staged for a Firehouse magazine submission. They had a photo feature back then, where they'd invite readers to caption curious photos. Might've been on the back page? Mine was selected and was published in a later issue. As for actual firefighting, six months passed and I didn't get my first worker until transferred to another station! Click to enlarge:

Heard of new guys being afraid of Fire before but thats ridiculous.
Jake T. - 06/21/11 - 11:16

In the 80’s and 90’s, NFPA experimented with more cost effective options for testing structural firefighting gear.
Silver - 06/21/11 - 11:22

“What’s this Capt’n?”
A.C. Rich - 06/21/11 - 14:44

I love the ole mega radio pocket on the turnout coat!
JJ - 06/21/11 - 19:16

Let’s see, what vital pocket items did I have as a probie? I recall having purchased a pair of pocket spanner wrenches. Might’ve used those all of twice. Length of rope that somebody told me was a good idea. Door chocks, yup, used those. Flashlight. Think the helmet-mounted mag light came a bit later.
Legeros - 06/21/11 - 19:22

Ah, the huge radio pocket! Used to be the location of the original “smoke cutter” flashlight for me!
A.C. Rich - 06/24/11 - 12:24

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